What is a Nature-Rich Community Park Passport?

In an effort to encourage use of the great resources in the Holland/Zeeland area, we developed this park passport program to support the effort to make a nature-rich community. This passport is just one way we can create a more healthy, happy and nature-literate community that sees the value in experiences in the natural world.

You can find a copy of the Park Passport at your nearest nature center, either Herrick District Library branch, or download a Park Passport you can print at home. Highlighted inside are fourteen local parks in the greater Holland/Zeeland area that are worth a visit. Each page has a list of attractions and amenities, as well as a Challenge Question. Be on the lookout for signs at each stop that provide the answer to the Challenge Question.

Once you have visited at least ten of the parks and successfully answered the question, return with your completed passport to the Outdoor Discovery Center or DeGraaf Nature Center during regular business hours to claim a prize. Ambitious people may be able to visit all of these sites over a long weekend, but you have until the end of 2019 to get all your visits completed.

Completing your Nature-Rich Community Park Passport

This passport will guide you to 15 local parks and natural areas where you can find forests, beaches, dunes, lakes, trails and more in our nature rich community. Use your curiosity to explore these many wonderful West Michigan parks.

Here is how to use your passport:

  1. Chose a park to visit from the list found on the “Participating Parks Map” page.   
  2. Record your experience in this passport as you hunt for the answer to the “Challenge Question.”
  3. Be sure to record the features, sounds, sights and scents you experience.
  4. Once you have explored 10 sites and answered the challenge question at each site, present your passport at one of these locations to receive a prize.