Chippewa Nature Center

  • 400 South Badour Road
  • Midland, MI 48640
  • (989) 631-0830
  • Fax:(989) 631-7070
Social Media

Chippewa Nature Center is a 1,200 acre haven of woodlands, wetlands, rivers and upland fields, with over 15 miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, including the 3.7 mile paved Chippewa Trail for running, walking, biking and inline skating. Interpretive stops along the route tell the exciting story of this unique landscape.

The Visitor Center houses hands-on exhibits in the Ecosystem Gallery. Children will enjoy the Nature Discovery Area, and visitors of all ages should be sure to watch one of the many videos available in the Bur Oak Theater. Relax with a cup of coffee or tea and watch the Pine river idle by in the River Overlook. The Wildlife Viewing Area is a unique way to observe wildlife, and a naturalist is on staff to assist visitors and callers with nature-related questions and concerns.

Other attractions a wetlands area and three accurately restored log buildings. CNC offers a Nature Preschool, Day Camp, and a wide variety of programs, including natural and cultural history programs, nature hikes, paddling trips, workshops and field trips for youth and adults, and a variety of guest speaker presentations and drop-in programs for all ages. Please visit our website at for current program information.

Our two-story observation tower's lower level is accessible to those with limited mobility and has a ramp leading to a 21 foot x 24 foot viewing platform. Visitors can access the upper level of the tower by stairs.

Visitor Center Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 am- 5 pm, Saturday 9 am- 5 pm
Sundays and select Holidays 1-5 pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Hiking Trails:
Open every day dawn till darkĀ 

From The Blog

Explore the Nation's Longest Canopy Walk Inside Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens in Midland

The young Mike Whiting explored the forests, fields and ponds of his family's property in Midland, Michigan, sometimes ...

Keep Exploring »