Want to see where we are going in 2015? Check the links below or call 616-355-1057 today if you want more information. More details will be available soon.
May 18-22, 2015 A Grand, Gloomy and Peculiar Place: Mammoth Cave National Park.
DeGraaf Nature Center will journey into the earth on this exploration of Mammoth Cave National Park in south central Kentucky. Spend three days exploring subterranean chambers, rivers and a maze of tunnels in the largest known cave system in the world with over 400 miles mapped. Spend some time above ground too on a scenic river paddle and enough hiking options to suit everyone’s needs. This tour of one of the world’s most amazing places will begin and end at DeGraaf Nature Center and will include transportation, lodging, cave tours and a naturalist guide.
June 10-13,2015 Warblers and White Pines
Birds and wildlife tour from Hartwick Pines State Park to Tawas Point. One of the world’s rarest birds nests in Michigan—the Kirtland's Warbler. This tour will take us to the Mio area where forest service scientists will guide us to nesting sites . Other upland birds will be sought as well. Also visit Hartwick Pines with its stand of virgin white pines as well as Tawas Point State Park on the shores of Lake Huron.
Early June 2015 Women’s Wilderness Weekend
Join naturalists for a fun-filled weekend with the girls! We will explore the scenic and unique Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and surrounding areas. On this trip the outdoor adventuress can experience camping, hiking, kayaking and more, while still enjoying the luxuries of running water and a hot shower.
July 10-12, 2015 Three Rivers Weekend Kayak Trip
Get ready for a kayaking adventure on this long weekend in northwest Lower Michigan. You will get a chance to experience three lively rivers that twist and turn through the forests of northern Michigan near Traverse City. We will be on the Betsie, Boardman, and Upper Platte rivers over the course of three days and tent camping at Interlochen State Park in between. The sections of these rivers that we will be on have a narrow channel and quick current making them challenging in places, previous river kayaking experience is required. Your trip includes transportation, kayaking equipment (kayak, paddle, life jacket), camping fees, food while in camp and on water, and naturalist guides.
August 15-22, 2015 Crown of the Continent: Glacier National Park
Join DeGraaf Nature Center for a breathtaking week in Glacier National Park with its pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. Experience the beauty, adventure, history and culture of western Montana as you explore everything the park has to offer. You will hike some of the 700 miles of trails, learn the natural and cultural history of the area from park rangers, and see the park from the water. There is so much to see and do in the park as well as the surrounding areas that Glacier National Park is the perfect destination for everyone who loves the outdoors.
November 2015 The Big Island of Hawaii and Volcano National Park
Walk in Pele’s volcanic calderas, explore lava tubes and visit newly created land as lava flows into the sea. This Big Island Adventure will include coastal explorations with visits to tide pools, snorkeling opportunities, bird watching for native waterbirds and rare endemic forest birds. We will make use of native guides to give you the natural and cultural experience of a life time. Stay at the famous Volcano House that sits on the rim of a caldera. Travel to the Summit of Mauna Kea for a view of the islands from about the clouds.