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Phone: 616-393-9453
4214 56th Street
Michigan 49423

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Target demographics: Everyone including Familes, Adults, Children of all ages who have an interest in the out-of-doors and who seek to learn about and protect our natural world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 15,000 people per year participate in educational programs.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Trim trails, weed the gardens, help with events, assemble newsletters and mailings.

Geographic areas served: Greater Holland Area, Grand Rapids Area, Muskegon Area

Programs: Live Birds of Prey,
Native American Lifeways,
Michigan Wildlife,
Purple Loosestrife Project,
No Child Left Inside

The mission of the Outdoor Discovery Center - Macatawa Greenway is to create opportunities to discover the wonder of the natural world through outdoor education and recreation, and to protect and connect habitats and greenways for the benefit of wildlife, people, and the natural world.
More than 1,000 protected acres along the Macatawa River and a 130 acre nature preserve.

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We actually first visited the Outdoor Discovery Center to find a Geocache. During our 2 1/2 mile walk around the ODC we were so impressed with what had been done with the grounds that we returned later in the summer with our small group from church. This is a wonderful way to get families and ... more »
I'm a college professor who loves to teach ecology, behavior and zoology outdoors, but it's a pretty tall order to come up with a great place to teach outdoors about Animal Behavior in the middle of winter in lake-effect influenced west Michigan. But because of a recent partnership formed between ... more »
I am surprised that more people haven't found this gem. I have been to many of their "Bird of Prey Days" events, photography classes, and herb walks. All of the volunteers are open, easy to approach, well informed, and fun. To unwind I often simply walk the park for exercise and to enjoy the Raptor ... more »
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