Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours
The following are our hours of operation for the Helen O Brower Visitors Center through the Christmas and New Year holidays.
December 24 – 9 am to 12 pm
December 25 – CLOSED
December 31 – 9 am to 12 pm
January 1 – CLOSED

Volunteer at Homestead Holiday

Homestead Holiday
December 14 at DeGraaf Nature Center from 11 am to 3 pm

Looking for volunteer opportunities? This is an easy and fun time volunteering at the nature center. There are crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, and holiday fun!

Homestead Holiday Page

Sign-up to volunteer

New Building Hours in 2020

New Visitors Center Hours in 2020 Starting on Friday, January 3, the Helen O Brower Interpretive Center will be open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday. The building will NOT be open on Tuesday, January 2 after the holiday due to the annual Christmas Bird Count. The trails at the DeGraaf Nature…

New DeGraaf Trail Map!

Take a Look at Our New Trail Map for the DeGraaf Nature Center
Our trail map has been updated at DeGraaf Nature Center. Download a copy for yourself, look for one at the nature center or check out our new trailhead kiosk!

Go to the Trail Map Page

Explorer Network Trips 2020

Join us for an adventure in 2020! We have two new trips being offered next year that you might find interesting. As always we strive to provide experiences that are unique, memorable and help you explore places that you might not have visited in the past. Let us know if you have any questions or would…

Transportation Grant Opportunities

Transportation Grant Opportunities The Michigan Nature Association (MNA) is offering field trip grants for the 2019-2020 school year to assist teachers in developing fun, educational, and hands-on field trips for teaching students about the natural environment. The $500 grants can cover bus transportation, program fees, and educational supplies for field trips to eligible natural areas,…

Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week

Great Lakes & Fresh Water Week Did you know this week is Great Lakes & Fresh Water Week? Michigan’s annual Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week has launched with an official proclamation from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer highlighting the many benefits the state’s lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastline and groundwater provide. As you know, fresh water is a significant…

Find an Abandoned Wild Animal?

Abandoned Animals The ODC Network does NOT perform wildlife rehabilitation at any of its facilities.  No staff members are licensed to care for injured or abandoned wildlife. We are sorry that we can not personally help you, but we have listed some information below that may help you deal with your situation. Remember, wild animals are unpredictable, use extreme…