Hours and Directions

Monarch on leaf photo

The Nature Center building is open by appointment only

HEALTH SCREENING REQUIRED

Before entering the nature center building, a health screening is required:
COVID-19 self-screener for visitors to the nature center

  • Masks are required before entering the building
  • The entrance is locked due to COVID restrictions and as a precautionary measure 
  • Visits for 10 people or fewer are available by appointment. Call 810-364-5477 to schedule
  • The treehouse and trails are available from dawn to dusk

Regular Building Hours

Monday –Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


The trails and treehouse are available everyday from dawn to dusk


Stop by the nature center building to:

  • Scan the code just outside the door for self-guided trail information
  • View our nature displays and live animals
  • Register for programs 
  • Make a donation
  • Use the restrooms

Trails:

Open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Trail maps are available outdoors.
Parking lot gates are locked weekdays at 4:15 p.m. There is a small after-hours parking area.

Fees:

  • There is no charge to tour the Pine River Nature Center grounds and the main building.
  • There is a fee for wedding and event rentals.
  • Special educational programs may also have registration fees.  Such events include Summer Nature Club, scouting programs and environmental education programs.

 


Driving directions

Pine River Nature Center
2585 Castor Road
Goodells, MI 48027

The nature center is about 15 miles west of Port Huron in the center of St. Clair County. It is located between I-69 and Lapeer Road (Old M-21). Take Lapeer Road to Castor Road and head south past Goodells County Park. The nature center is the first driveway on the right just past the railroad tracks. Online mapping may show access from I-69. This is not correct.

 

Map to the Pine River Nature Center

From Flint:
Take I-69 eastbound, exit at Wales Center Road and make a left. Then turn right (east) on Lapeer Road for almost 2 miles. Look for the Goodells County Park sign at the corner of Lapeer and Castor roads.  Make a left (south) on Castor Road.  Proceed past County Park Drive and the railroad tracks to the first driveway on the right.

From Port Huron:
Take I-69 westbound, exit at Taylor Road and make a right. Make a left (west) on Lapeer Road. Drive about 3 miles west. Look for the Goodells County Park sign at the corner of Lapeer and Castor roads.  Make a left (south) on Castor Road.  Proceed past County Park Drive and the railroad tracks to the first driveway on the right.

From Detroit:
Take 1-94 eastbound from Detroit. Take the westbound I-69 exit as you approach Port Huron. Follow I-69 westbound, exit at Taylor Road and make a right (north) on Taylor. Make a left (west) on Lapeer Road. Drive about 3 miles west. Look for the Goodells County Park sign at the corner of Lapeer and Castor roads.  Make a left (south) on Castor Road.  Proceed past County Park Drive and the railroad tracks to the first driveway on the right.Sav

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