Friday, Dec 19, 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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OPEN OPEN OPEN FOR EVERYONE – including schools

KISD has braced our ceilings, fixed our furnaces and we are off to a Great Spring 2014. Our hours are Monday through Friday 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday & Sunday’s 12 pm – 4 pm! On the weekends if your group would like, you can build a fire in our fireplace and drink […]

Update to Roof Repairs

We are open for visitors (not schools just yet) – however understand we are under repair so we are in a bit of disarray and it is more difficult to visit with the beams in the center of the Interpretive Center helping brace the ceiling while it is being repaired – new roof most likely […]

Closed for Repairs Roof Issues

Due to winter snow and ice accumulation on our roof we are closing until we can repair the roof so it is safe for all those that enjoy our Interpretive Center.  At this time we do not know when we can reopen, however we figure about 3 weeks at most. All trails are OPEN!  Call […]

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 […]


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