Nature Area

Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House (Saginaw)

Welcome to our strolling garden. Its gate opened in 1971 as designed by Mr. Yataro Suzue and Lori Barber. He stated then: “beauty is not trickery, not illusion . . . but arranging elements like trees, water and rocks in a way that there is no crowding, no competition for attention.” Our Mission: “to promote intercultural understanding and peace […]

Dow Gardens/ Whiting Forest (Midland)

Since 1899 the Dow Gardens have grown from 8 acres in size, to 110, featuring a vast variety of plant life, guided tours, and other events.  There is a charge for admission. Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens welcomes the public to explore the longest canopy walk in the nation and 54-acres of forest trails, ponds […]

Midland City Forest (Midland)

Midland City Forest is owned and operated by the City of Midland Parks and Recreation Department. At 520 acres, City Forest is Midland’s largest park and is perfect for year-round outdoor activities. There is no charge to enter the park at any time. OFFERS: Birthday Parties Cross Country Skiing Hiking Trails Ice Skating Mountain Biking […]

William H. Haithco Recreation Area (Saginaw)

William H. Haithco Recreation Area is a beautiful park with a 40 acre man-made lake. The park offers a lifeguard supervised beach (from 11:00 am-7:30 pm every day beginning the Friday before Memorial Day until Labor Day), sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, paddleboat rentals, rowboat rentals, canoe rentals, kayak rentals, playground, fishing access, grills, concession […]

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge (Saginaw County)

This 9,501-acre wildlife refuge features forests, rivers, marshes, managed pools, fields, and croplands, and is home to more than 270 bird species each year.  The public is invited to stop by, but it is not open year-round. The refuge’s mission is to preserve and manage an undeveloped expanse of floodplain forest, marshes, rivers, and associated […]

Price Nature Center (Saginaw)

This 186-acre park is ideal for hiking, as it boasts nearly three miles of trails.  It also features a pavilion, available for rent, a number of grills, and a new playground for children.  A group campsite is also available. OFFERS: trails for hiking pavilion playground campsite VISIT THE WEBSITE

Bay City State Park (Bay City)

The Saginaw Bay Recreation Area is located on the shores of the Saginaw Bay. The park area includes over 2,000 acres of land featuring wooded wetlands, marsh ponds, gentle dune ridges and mile of shoreline. OFFERS: Beach – Swimming Picnicking Camping Hiking Fishing Bicycling Amphitheater Playground The Center featuring a hands-on museum, watershed exhibit and […]

Chippewa Nature Center (Midland)

Chippewa Nature Center is a non-profit environmental education organization, open year-round with FREE daily admission. Our 1,500 acres is comprised of woodlands, wetlands, fields and rivers with 19 miles of trails to explore dawn-to-dark daily. Facilities include a state-of-the art Visitor Center and reconstructed 1870s Homestead Farm, complete with log cabin, barns and outbuildings, log […]