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. More than 20% of the specimens in the collection are extinct today.

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 Bellied Pig
  • Pebbles the Juliana and Mini Pot Belly
  • Lil’ Bam Bam the Juliana
  • Big Daddy and Little Billy the African Pygmy Goats
  • Dexter the Florida King Snake
  • Malibu St. Lucia the Red Blood Python
  • Saraha the African Sideneck Turtle
  • Matilda the Russian Tortoise
  • And many more!

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: CLOSED
Tues: CLOSED
Wed – 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: CLOSED
Tues: CLOSED
Wed - Sun: 11am - 5pm

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