2014 Treats and Trails

posted Oct 13, 2014, 8:20 AM by Jamie Krupka   [ updated Oct 17, 2014, 6:55 AM by David Nyitray ]

Treats and Trails is back again for two nights; Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 from 5-8 PM. Bring your entire family out for a safe and fun walk along our Sensory Trail and other trails of the ODC Nature Preserve. There will be wildlife encounters, face painting, games and lots of candy. Don't miss a barrel ride through the nature preserve or seeing the live birds of prey. The Founders Wildlife Exhibit Hall will be open for exploration and light refreshments.
Children are encouraged to wear their costumes. All the ODC Nature Preserve trails are wheelchair, stroller and wagon-friendly. No registration necessary for this event.

Fee: $5 per vehicle

Event Sponsors:

Fall 2014 Hunter's Safety Field Days

posted Oct 13, 2014, 8:16 AM by Jamie Krupka

The ODCMG is offering two field days for participants who have completed the online hunter safety course. Upon passing the online course, participants are eligible to complete the field day and take the written examination without attending a classroom course. The fees associated with the online course are not covered by the field day portion of the training.  

Online course options can be found on the Michigan DNR website (DNR Hunter Education). You must bring your online course certificate in order to participate in the field day. Please bring a sack lunch as there will not be adequate time to leave the site for lunch. For more information concerning the field day please contact the office: 616-393-9453 or

Registration is required and limited

Fee: $10 per person being certified

Still a few openings in summer camps

posted Jun 26, 2014, 6:38 AM by Jamie Krupka

Though a many of our summer camps are filled with waiting lists, we still have open spaces for kids in a few. If your child wants to participate in the July 8-10 Wildlife Discovery Camp PM session (6-8 yrs old), July 15-17 Wildlife Drawing Camp (10-14 yrs old), or August 5-7 Intermediate Archery Camp (10-16 yrs old), please contact the office to register. For more information about each camp, go to our summer camps page.

Little Hawks on Wood TV 4 with Miranda

posted Jun 2, 2014, 10:00 AM by Brian Vander Meer   [ updated Jun 2, 2014, 10:00 AM ]

The Little Hawks Discovery Preschool was featured on a recent episode of WOOD TV 4 with Maranda.  Click the link below to watch the interview:

Macatawa Marsh Burn

posted Apr 22, 2014, 11:23 AM by Brian Vander Meer   [ updated Apr 22, 2014, 11:23 AM ]

Prescribed Burn Planned for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The ODCMG will be conducting a prescribed burn in conjunction with other efforts to continue improving wildlife habitat and sediment capture within the Macatawa Marsh.

 PlantWise LLC from Ann Arbor has been contracted to manage the prescribed burn. PlantWise, a highly respected organization in the field of ecological restoration, has conducted prescribed fires throughout the State including burns for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Zeeland Public Schools, Herman Miller Inc., ODCMG, and many more organizations.

 The focus of the prescribed fire is to combat non-native species such as Phragmites, Purple Loosestrife and Reed Canary grass.  The plants decrease the biodiversity of the marsh and reduce the water filtration and floodplain effectiveness of the wetland area. The spring prescribed fire has a more dramatic result on these species as their growing season begins earlier than the native species of plants in the marsh keeping the burn from eliminating the species that are more desirable vegetation for the habitat.  Removing the non-native species with the aid of a prescribed fire will allow these areas to be reclaimed by native plants and will improve the function of the marsh as a river filter.

 The goal of the prescribed fire is to restore a natural balance to the marsh that not only benefits the wildlife that inhabits it, but also the people who enjoy recreational activities on the river and those who live downstream from the marsh.

 The burn team is working with the City of Holland, Holland Township, Holland Fire Department, Department of Natural Resources, and the ODCMG staff to insure that the burn is conducted appropriately.

 If you would like to learn more about the burn plans please contact Dougg Wright at the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway at 616-393-9453 or

Prescribed Burn at the ODCMG

posted Apr 17, 2014, 7:44 AM by Brian Vander Meer

Prescribed Burn Planned for Thursday, April 17, 2014

David Mindell of PlantWise Restoration (Ann Arbor, MI) will be performing the annual prescribed burn on the Outdoor Discovery Center Nature Preserve Thursday, April 17, 2014.  The burn plan calls for the burn to begin in the early afternoon.


Many mid-western ecosystems burned naturally or were managed with fire by the Native Americans prior to European settlement. Prescribed ecological burns are a way of managing these fire-dependent ecosystems in a safe, controlled fashion.  Additionally, suppressing non-native species with fire gives native, fire-adapted species the opportunity to take a foot hold and to flourish.  More than 30 acres is slated to be burned on the ODC Nature Preserve this year including meadows, prairies, woodlands, and wetlands.

Naturalist Position Job Opening

posted Apr 2, 2014, 11:37 AM by Jamie Krupka

We are looking to add a naturalist to our team! Our continued growth has led us to create a part-time naturalist position so we can better serve the needs of our school groups and community visitors. The primary responsibilities of the position include: maintain and improve the visitor center experience, assist with exhibit development, develop self-guided education materials, assist with programming, staff the visitor center building reception desk, animal husbandry, coordinate press releases and on-line media, and assist other staff in meeting the overall goals of the organization.

The position will have up to 32 hours per week of work at the rate of $12 to $15 per hour. The wage will be based on previous experience and length of employment.

Interested individuals should send their resume and up to three references to Jamie Krupka, Program Director at or Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (ODCMG), 4214 56th Street, Holland, MI  49423. Interviews will begin the week of April 21, 2014.

Nature School - March 21

posted Mar 20, 2014, 6:53 AM by Jamie Krupka

Nature School for Friday, March 21 is all about birds of prey. Bring your 3-6 yr old out for a fun time learning about birds at the Field Station and Birds of Prey Facility. Please contact the office to register for either the 9:30-11:30 AM session or the 1:00-3:00 PM session.

Stories and Sweets on March 1

posted Feb 28, 2014, 10:04 AM by Jamie Krupka

It looks like it's going to be a little chilly again tomorrow. If you have a child who likes books then maybe "Stories and Sweets" at 11 AM tomorrow is just right for you! There will be a nature-themed story and hot chocolate for all participants. Advance registration is appreciated: 616-393-9453. The fee is $2 per person or FREE to members.

Family Track Night has been Cancelled

posted Feb 21, 2014, 11:26 AM by Jamie Krupka

Due the inclimate weather conditions the Little Hawks Family Track Night tonight has been cancelled. Please be very careful if you need to go out on the roads!

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