Interpretive Center

Interpretive CenterNow that the doors to the Interpretive Center are open to the public, we extend a warm welcome and are eager to show you around our newly renovated facility! Our lobby has received a new look as well! With new paint colors and displays, your experience with Howard Christensen Nature Center begins right when you walk through the door. With a grant from the Sparta Community Foundation, we have developed a new Critter Room bursting with happy critters.

After construction, the Interpretive Building also received new displays and a new open concept layout. The Great Lakes Energy Peoples Fund has also helped benefit the building by supplying a grant for our table coverings on the new display tables. The staff and volunteers here at HCNC have also opened a new insect corridor featuring Harold Vander Kam’s collection. We have also opened a new library and study lounge for the public. Howard Christensen Nature Center also holds the Frank Rackett collection in our Bird Room.

Many new changes have come to HCNC and we hope that you are just as excited about them as we are!

Price: Free, with Membership or Day Use Permit.

Open year around! Trails are open from dawn to dusk.

Hundreds of Animal Displays – Including Harold Moody’s vast collection of birds, a loon, a coyote, and a bobcat. We also have:

  • A Mute Swan and Bald Eagle.
  • Bird Wall
  • Animal Resource Center (Critter Room)
  • 35 Million Year Old Fossils
  • 21’ Anaconda Snake Skin as well as a Jaguar Skin and 3 Monkey Skins from the Amazon
  • Timberland Playground- Coming 2015
  • Picnic Tables and Seating Area
  • The Finkbeiner Memorial Rain Garden
  • Camping Programs
  • Miles of trails open to the public

Meet our friends who live at the Nature Center

  • Penelope the Vietnamese Pot Belly
  • Saraha the African Side Neck Turtle
  • Matilda the Russian Tortoise
  • Cambria the Cornsnake
  • Tuck the Map Turtle

Visit Us!
16190 Red Pine Dr. Kent City, MI 49330
(616) 675-3158
info@howardchristensen.org

Admission Fee
Non-Members: $3/person
Members: FREE

Interpretive Center Hours
Mon-Tues: 11am – 5pm
Wed: 11am – 4pm
Thur-Sun: 11am – 5pm
Hiking all days during daylight hours

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Visit Us!
16190 Red Pine Dr. Kent City, MI 49330
(616) 675-3158
info@howardchristensen.org

Admission Fee
Non-Members: $3/person
Members: FREE

Interpretive Center Hours
Mon-Tues: 11am - 5pm
Wed: 11am - 4pm
Thur-Sun: 11am - 5pm

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