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Harris Nature Center

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Address: 3998 Van Atta Rd, Okemos, MI 48864-3131
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+1 517-349-3866
09:00 - 16:00
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Great spot for an easy nature hike or an afternoon exploring

Harris Nature Center (the building) itself is rather small but it has a few interesting displays. What we like to visit this place for is the easy access trails that can make for... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
Ari A
Okemos, Michigan, United States
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Okemos, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

Harris Nature Center (the building) itself is rather small but it has a few interesting displays. What we like to visit this place for is the easy access trails that can make for an enjoyable morning or afternoon of hiking year-round. Across the street is another trail system inside an additional township nature preserve. You can spend as little or... More 

Thank Ari A
Okemos, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Lovely little nature park with a building that features local animals and frogs and snakes. Great day trip for little folks. Also a walking path that is over 1 mile and is covered in Tarmac so great for handicapped people and for pushing a carriage. Great parking and the red cedar river run through it!

Thank ValerieGA
Okemos, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

The trails are interesting and well marked. Birders will like it. Parking is adequate most of the time. The one big thing to be aware of is very discourteous dog owners who allow dog droppings to be left in the middle of the trails. The Meridian Parks Commission needs to enforce the local ordinance and impose fines on this FREQUENT... More 

Thank Okemosite
Williamston, Michigan
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7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 January 2016

I ride my horses here quite a bit in the summers and fall. Its a little too wet in the spring and winter in MI is made for hibernating. They take good care of the trails and its never too busy.

Thank Sara K
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10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 18 September 2015 via mobile

Harris Nature Center is a hidden gem in Meridian Township! Great trails for running or walking. Feels like you are 'up north'. I have seen lots if deer, fox and a great horned owl on these trails! The nature center has programs for kids and adults as well. A must visit!

Thank jbrider1
Williamston, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2015

This is a nice little jewel along the Red Cedar River, in Okemos. It is a great place to take kids to educate them about nature. The main building has exhibits with live snakes, turtles and a red tailed hawk. The schools run regular field trips here. There are day camps in the summer. The trails are a great place... More 

1 Thank LoopyM69
Williamston, Michigan
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Reviewed 7 June 2015

Stopped by when my daughter's class had a field trip here. It's popular with local schools but the general public can drop by as well. Saw some aquariums with local turtles, frogs, and snakes inside. My daughter says there were some hawks outside. There are some nature trails, some paved, some not. They do have special events such as spring... More 

1 Thank DanielPofMI
Okemos, Michigan
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Stopped at the Harris Nature Center for the first time. Walked one of the blacktopped trails. The woods are beautiful and many of the trees have information posted about them. Plan to go back and spend more time walking and visiting the building and exhibits.

1 Thank Chipperhigh2
Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

It was fall, the colors were AMAZING. I could not have been happier with the tour provided to us to find "just the right spot" for our ceremony. We had wedding photography taken in the woods. The pictures turned out gorgeous. The staff was so helpful in setting up tables and chairs for our cake cutting and hors d'oeuvre tasting.... More 

3 Thank Sarah P
East Lansing, Michigan
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22 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

The people here care about their mission, and seem to want to ensure that visitors both learn, and enjoy themselves. Exhibits are well done; hiking trails are good, and this facility has become more important in our community.

1 Thank Realkayakjack

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