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NameOutdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway
Address4214 56th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Brief DescriptionConnecting People, Land and Nature
DescriptionThe Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway is a nonprofit environmental education and conservation
organization. We work as partners, collaborators, facilitators, and caretakers to:

• Restore, protect and connect green and open space
• improve habitat and water quality
• Educate and inspire
• Create community awareness
• Carefully manage our resources
• Provide new opportunities for people to discover the awe and joy
of the outdoors
• Encourage creative community green space planning
• Conduct research
• Promote education, conservation and preservation

The Center offers outdoor education and recreation experiences to schools, organizations, community groups, and individuals. Annually, thousands of people participate in a wide variety of natural and cultural history programs and experiences on the 155 acre Outdoor Discovery Center Nature Preserve, along the 1,000 protected acres along the Macatawa River Greenway, at local parks and natural areas, and in school classrooms. Programs are customized to fit the needs of each group with a focus on hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences. A 5,000 square foot visitor center houses an expansive taxidermy collection, live reptiles and amphibians, an on-going and seasonally changed exhibit of images printed to canvas, and a wildlife viewing room.


The Preserves...
…The Macatawa River Greenway consists of 9.8 miles of protected river edge which includes
1,000 acres of flood plain forest, marsh, meadows and wetlands along the Macatawa River.
…The 130 acre Outdoor Discovery Center Nature Preserve is home to six distinct ecosystems
including ponds, remnant dunes, wetlands, meadows, remnant prairies, and lowland hardwood forests.

The Features...
…The ODC Nature Preserve is a unique educational facility complete with three pavilions for community use or rental, an authentic reconstructed Native American Ottawa/Potowatomi Summer Village, Live Birds of Prey Education Facility, Sensory Trail, Children’s Nature Play Area,Interpretive Facilities and over 4 miles of trail.
…Along the Greenway, visitors can find 1 mile of paved trail and nearly 4 miles of hiking trails providing people recreational
opportunities in the heart of the Holland/Zeeland community. Throughout the Greenway visitors will find wildlife viewing
platforms, kayak & canoe launches, and interpretive signage.

The Biological Diversity and Ecological Benefit..
…The ODC is home to over 400 species of plants, over 155 species of bird, 25 species of mammals, 10 species of reptiles,
and 10 species of amphibians. The Center is a great place to find abundant wildlife and summer wildflowers.
…The Macatawa River Greenway provides a wildlife corridor for animals allowing them access to a variety of ecosystems
and protected wildlife areas within the heart of the Holland/Zeeland Community. The Greenway also provides floodplain
protection, flood control and erosion control for the Macatawa Watershed. The diverse ecosystems along the Macatawa
River Greenway can be a wonderful location to view shorebirds, migrating wildlife and an abundance of plant species.
Phone 1(616) 393-9453
Handicapped AccessibleYes
Time AllowanceGrounds open during daylight hours
HoursTrails open 7 days a week - Visitor Center Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4
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Last Updated12/12/2017
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5 StarsExcellent!Wow, that is such a cool place. I was there Geocaching with my son and was so impressed with the grounds. Very clean. No elevation change made it easy to get around with or without my son in his stroller. Great nature center building with turles, frogs, and tons of taxidermy. Seeing the live elk up close was way cool for my 3 year old. He also loved seeing all of the birds of prey. It's not so much a drive up and see it place, which is pretty unique I think for other similar types of centers. We have been there many times since our first visit. Free and fun. What more could a mother ask for?Middle age female02-27-07
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