General Information for visitors and teachers

City of Holland Michigan Official Website

We are now taking fall, winter and spring reservations for school groups . Call and talk to our naturalists and set a time for your classroom visit.  (616-355-1057)  There are lots of ways to connect our kids to the out of doors with great experiences in nature!  Fall is a great time to learn about seeds and how they travel, rivers systems- the life in them and so much more.

Admission is FREE to the Brower Visitor Center - Open Tuesdays thru Fridays:  9 to 5.  Saturdays:  10 to 5 

Trails are always open, dawn to dusk, seven days a week

No Pets are allowed on the trails

•TEACHERS Call Today to reserve a spot for your classroom visit to the DeGraaf Nature Center on Graafschap Road or the VanRaalte Farm on 16th street. Click on the Field Trip Information link to the right for details.
•Remember - we can design many programs to fit your needs as well.


Take a Walk on the Wild Side at DeGraaf Nature Center. You don’t need to drive out of town to get in touch with nature. If you have 20 minutes or 2 hours, you will enjoy exploring the woodland, shrub, marsh and pond trails of this 18 acre nature preserve located within the city limits of Holland. The Brower Interpretive Center is brimming with informative and hands-on displays and live animal exhibits. So don’t leave town. Come to DeGraaf Nature Center any time of the year to reconnect with nature.

In the Brower Interpretive Center's Science and Nature Store find:

  •  Maple Syrup (8 oz., 12 oz.)  made each spring by the staff at the Historic VanRaalte Farm
  • Field Guides of all kinds
  • Bird Feeders and Homes – We can give you advice on the best choice for your property.
  • Puppets and Toys of all sorts for fun gifts for children
  • Endangered Species Chocolates
  • Science Kits
  • Nature T-shirts for Youth
  • Wildlife Mugs and Canteens
  • Butterfly and Aquatic Nets
  • Semi-precious gemstones
  • Honey, honey sticks
  • And Much More!

The DeGraaf Nature Center Programs are often held at the Historic VanRaalte Farm located on the city’s east side at 1076 16th Street, just a half mile east of Meijers.