Explore nature as a family one book at a time with our Summer Camp in a Box! The Nature Book Box Is a personalized gateway to unlocking curiosity, exploration, and a love for the natural world with your child. Each monthly installment comes with a book for your child to cherish, an activity guide related…
The Visitors Center will be closed on Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.
Please enjoy the trails safely,
Join the Backyard Challenge
Many families had a chance to explore with our Backyard Learning Crusade so we thought we would continue the investigations with a weekly challenge! Check out what challenge for this week.
FOX17 Recently Highlighted the ODC Network
Our efforts to help families create meaningful outdoor learning opportunities caught the attention of one local TV station affiliate. Check out their story about our Backyard Learning Crusade!
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.
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…
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…
Our Summer Camps are filling up fast. Registration began on February 3 and we already have several sessions filled. Check out what day camps we are offering and see what fits your child’s interest!
Summer Camps Page
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
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