Chippewa Nature Center
Chippewa Nature Center
Chippewa Nature Center
Chippewa Nature Center
Chippewa Nature Center
White-tailed doe and young
Visitor Center
Snowy Sugarbush Trail
River Trail during Fall
Preschool children hauling leaves on a trail
Preschool children at play
Nature Preschooler pond exploring
Nature Preschool experience
Nature Preschool
Nature Day Campers
Hummingbird in nest
Hiking across a fallen pine
Groomed trail
Family hiking along the River Trail
Family enjoying the lit trails at Nature at Night
Baby Mink

Chippewa Nature Center

400 South Badour Road
Midland, MI 48640
(989) 631-0830
4 reviews
  • Chippewa Nature Center is a 1,200 acre haven of woodlands, wetlands, rivers and upland fields, with over 19 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. Hiking Trails: Open every day dawn till dark 

  • Snowshoe Sampler

    Dates: 01/23 - 01/23/2021

    Evening Snowshoe Hike

    Dates: 01/07 - 01/27/2021

    Full Moon Stroll

    Dates: 01/28 - 01/28/2021

    Winter Tree Identification

    Dates: 01/30 - 01/30/2021

    Evening Snowshoe Hike

    Dates: 02/02 - 02/24/2021

    Snowshoe Sampler

    Dates: 02/06 - 02/06/2021

    Family Snowshoe Hike

    Dates: 02/10 - 02/10/2021

    Snowshoe Sampler

    Dates: 02/13 - 02/13/2021

    Wigwam in the Winter

    Dates: 02/21 - 02/21/2021

    Full Moon Stroll

    Dates: 02/27 - 02/27/2021
  • Attractions
    • Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM