Friday, Apr 25, 2014
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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Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche – Bird Count

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche Christmas Bird Count  51 participants observed 60 species of birds (Table 1) on the Kent County Bird Count. With the addition of a Snowy Owl, 4 species of owls were recorded this year. No additional bird species were reported during count week. Total individuals sighted were 8725. Carolina Wrens were big [...]

Landscaping for Wildlife

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche Landscaping for Wildlife Native plants and landscaping support native animals, make yards naturally attractive, are exciting places for child exploration and play, lower heating and cooling bills, and have soil conservation benefits. Most landscape nurseries provide many non-native species that reduce nature’s biodiversity and animal survival opportunities. We emphasize native species [...]

Holiday Hours

We will be closed December 24 and 25 for the Holidays! We also will be closing at noon on December 31, and closed all day January 1, 2014. Trails are open dawn to dusk. Happy Holidays!

HCNC Preschool Programs

                          HCNC Preschool Programs >>>> For easy printing “Preschoolers Programs at HCNC“ Click Here <<< Please join us in our preschool programs.  All programs are designed for children ages of 3 – 6 years old and parents/guardians are always allowed to participate and stay alongside their child(s) or leave them in our care. Tuesday and [...]

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche Fruit Abundance

Tree branches hang heavy under the weight of fruit. A falling apple hit Isaac Newton. I hit my head on a hanging apple when mowing because I did not duck low enough. My thoughts will not revolutionize science like Newton’s gravitation law but maybe hitting my head on an apple knocked some good sense into [...]


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