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Explore the Preserve

Go outside ... be inspired ... keep learning ... be healthy.

The greater Grand Rapids community is welcome to discover the beauty and wonder of nature at the Ecosystem Preserve. We are a gem in the midst of Grand Rapids, offering many wonderful opportunities in which you can connect with nature:

  • Take a walk through the preserve. Watch the seasons change. Go birding. Bring a sketch pad, camera, or journal and be creative.
  • Visit the Bunker Interpretive Center and interact with our seasonal displays.
  • Attend our lively, educational programs for children and families.
  • Elementary teachers, bring your students for a unique, educational school program.
  • Check out our programs for adults to learn more about the native flora and fauna of this area.
  • Beautify your garden with native plants that are easier to care for and require less watering.  Shop our annual Native Plant Sale.
  • Be a part of the exciting things happening at the Preserve by volunteering.
  • Learn more about the research being done in the Buiten Wildlife Sanctuary and at Flat Iron Lake.


Announcements│Upcoming Events & Programs

Family Weekend Open House – stop by for nature art projects and to enjoy the fall foliage on October 22

Come for Going Batty for Michigan Bats!, a free First Saturday family program on November 5

Join us on November 17 for a book reading & signing of All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings

If you are part of an organization/child care center that would like to bring a group of more than 12 people to the preserve, please click here for information.

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Map & Directions


Walking trails and restrooms are open to the public for free everyday 7 a.m. – dusk.

Bunker Interpretive Center:

Academic Year
Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays