Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015
Welcome to Howard Christensen Nature Center Preserved Habitats Wildlife Over Seven Miles of Beautiful Trails
Welcome to Howard Christensen Nature Center The Howard Christensen Nature Center, operated by Lily’s Frog Pad Inc., was established in 2011 as an independent nonprofit charitable organization. It operates year round and is governed by a volunteer board of advisors and managed by professional staff. The Howard Christensen Nature Center operated by Lily’s Frog Pad Inc. is solely supported by charitable […]
Preserved Habitats Habitat Protection Areas (HPA) Are large tree protection areas in which a complete habitat of plants, soils, water regimes, animal life and nutrients work together to produce clean air, pure water, rich soils, and a population of animal life living and growing off of the biological productivity and diversity of the place. Forest floors are […]
Wildlife We often have no appreciation of the value of the most potentially rich habitats, instead clearing them away in the interests of tidiness. Something as apparently simple and useless as rotting wood supports up to 1700 different species of invertebrate. Rotting wood on its own provides an amazing variety of different microhabitats. These also include […]
Over Seven Miles of Beautiful Trails Download the map by clicking here.

Hours of Operation

Trails: Open From Dawn to Dusk - Free to public

Welcome Center Bathrooms: Open every day

Red Pine Interpretive Center: Mon thru Fri, 9:00am - 4:00pm - Saturday/Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm - unless closed for private parties (rentals).

Camp Lily's: Open - 530 - 20 Mile, Kent City, MI. Group Camping by registration

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Is it really August already?  This summer season is moving forward fast, and so is Howard Christensen Nature Center.  What a wonderful year it has been.  Despite our year starting off on rocky ground with damage from the weight of snow on our roof, we have already had a wonderfully successful year.  HCNC has already […]

Wild Wednesday’s Rain or Shine 2014

Wild Wednesdays Rain or Shine Bring a lunch Dress for the Outdoors (no flip-flops or crocs) $8.00 per child per day or $40.00 for all classes prepaid (savings of $16.00).  Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. To signup simply send an email with child/children’s ages and a number to […]

No Child Left Inside

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche No Child Left Inside   No child left inside is a locally important for all things start at home. I emphasize what people can do to promote healthy nature niches on their property for families and wildlife. Our children are among those that live in our home nature niches.   An […]

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Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche Red-winged Blackbird Arrival Encourage family members to predict the arrival date and first sighting of Red-winged Blackbirds. For decades it has been an annual activity for me. It helps us tune in to nature occurrences. I wait until mid February before making a final hypothesis. The hypothesis is different than a […]


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