Visitors Center Closed

Visitors Center Closed Until April 13
In light of the spread of the coronoavirus and in the interest of public health safety, the Helen O Brower Visitors Center will be closed to the public through April 13.

Please use the DeGraaf Nature Center trails responsibly.

NO Maple Sugar Time – March 14 & 21

Maple Sugar Time Cancelled for March 14 & 21 We are sad to report that we will are cancelling our Maple Sugar Time events for this season due to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order about large group gatherings and the COVID-19 outbreak. Check back with us later in the spring to see how we did making…

Maple Sugar Time

Saturday, March 14 & 21 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Maple Sugar Time is a family-friendly event that takes place at the City of Holland’s Van Raalte Farm where the sap will be flowing and the sugar house steaming! Join us as we tap trees, gather sap, and watch the evaporator boil the liquid down into real maple…

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…