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 include 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 www.chippewanaturecenter.org for current program information.
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
Open every day dawn till dark
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