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Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Few states offer a wealth of outdoor resources that can match Michigan's. Some of the most spectacular landscapes in the state are just a short drive from Midland Homes for Sale, including one of our favorites, Chippewa Nature Center.

Encompassing more than 1,300 acres, Chippewa Nature Center is one of the greatest destinations in Michigan for outdoor adventure. Join our REALTORS® this fall to explore some of the amazing opportunities offered by this spectacular wild attraction. 

Explore the Outdoors in Midland, Michigan

Chippewa Nature Center was founded by the Midland Nature Club in 1966 and has only grown in the decades since. From its humble beginnings as a 198-acre parcel of land along the Chippewa River, the Nature Center has expanded to include 1,348 acres of forests, rivers, and wetlands. It's one of the greatest destinations in the Midland area for hiking, bird watching, and a host of other outdoorsy pursuits. 

Be sure to make the Visitor Center your first stop. Here you'll find maps, exhibits, wildlife viewing areas, and friendly staff who can help you plan your adventure. From the Visitor Center, you can access Chippewa Nature Center's 19-mile trail system and start exploring some of these outdoor areas: 

  • Chippewa Trail: Stretching 3.7 miles from the city of Midland to Chippewa Nature center, this flat, level paved trail is open to bicycles as well as hikers (bikes are not permitted elsewhere in the Nature Center).

  • Arboretum Trail: This short, easy hike offers a chance to see and learn more about Michigan's native trees.

  • Wetlands Trail: Meandering through 1.7 miles of marsh and wetlands, this trail includes boardwalks and docks that provide access to a wide range of ecosystems. It's a great spot for bird watching, with common sightings of bald eagles, heron, and kingfishers.

  • Homestead Trail: This trail passes through an 1870 homestead, which includes the cabin, barn, root cellar, and other outbuildings. The homestead is still operated as a working farm by the Nature Center staff. 

Upcoming Events at Chippewa Nature Center

Chippewa Nature Center hosts a wide variety of special events and festivities throughout the year, many of which have become beloved annual traditions in the Midland area. Many events are free of charge, or open to the general public for a nominal fee. From annual occurrences like Maple Syrup Day in March, to recurring programs like Summer Exploration Days every Sunday throughout the summer, there's always something new to discover. 

Now that fall has arrived, some of our favorite annual happenings are right around the corner. Be sure to check out these upcoming fall events at Chippewa Nature Center: 

  • Fall Harvest Festival: Celebrate the return of autumn on October 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with demonstrations, crafts and activities harken back to 19th-century farm life at harvest time. The Fall Harvest Festival is free for CNC members and children under 18, and just $5 for non-member adults.

  • Nature at Night: Just in time for Halloween, Nature at Night offers a chance to learn more about the nocturnal creatures that call Chippewa home. This free, family-friendly event takes place on October 25 and 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and features a range of games and hands-on activities.

Chippewa Nature Center is located at 400 S. Badour Road in Midland, Michigan. Trails are open daily from dawn until dusk. 

Contact Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS® today to learn more about life in Midland, Michigan. From our vibrant downtown district to the wild landscape of Chippewa Nature Center, there's always something new to discover in Midland, and fall is a great time to explore!

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