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Okemos - Harris Nature Center

3998 Van Atta Road


The mission of the Harris Nature Center is to protect, promote and interpret the Red Cedar River and its surrounding ecosystems.  Through creative exhibits, programs and exploration of the native environment of the Harris Nature Center, visitors are encouraged to observe, experience and appreciate this representative slice of mid-Michigan riverine habitat.


Jordan Wood

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Absolutely love this hidden gem of a place! All around awesome! I get to fish and walk nature trails while my kids learn and are active in the outdoors! Even learned a few things myself.

Kathleen Sears

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
This is a really beautiful park. The trail is short, but it is part of a much longer trail system. There are interesting markers and things to see. They play ground is great. I can't wait to try the beaver house. You can bring your dog and most everyone seems to clean up after them.

Brian Klebig

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
The nature center itself is fairly standard, but with some fun animals. The real reason to come is their special events which are always fantastic. We particularly enjoy their Halloween event, but we have never been disappointed by anything hosted here. Put a visit on your October calendar for certain.

Amanda Tatara

Thursday, March 15, 2018
I usually come here primarily for the trails, but there is a play structure, a building, and an overlook to the river as well. Harris offers educational events on a variety of subjects, aimed at different ages from small children through adults. They also have a kayak launch on the Red Cedar, which is a fantastic trip (though there are some portages, at least one of which, as of last year, involved climbing across a series of downed trees in the middle of the river and dragging your kayak over them as well).

Daniel Sayre

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
This is a beautiful park, and it's very well kept and maintained! I come by just to walk on my days off, it's a good place to just think. Walk the whole trail, but don't forget to go through the spruce loop. It's an entirely different world.

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