Pine River Nature Center
Discover the area's natural heritage
The mission of the Pine River Nature Center is to promote the awareness, understanding and stewardship of the Blue Water Area's natural heritage. The center provides hands-on science education programming for schools correlated with the Michigan Curriculum Framework. It also offers outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities for area residents.
The Pine River Nature Center has over three miles of trails open daily from dawn until dusk for public use. Occasional Scouting and public programs are also offered. Dogs, horses, bikes and motorized vehicles are not permitted.
The nature center's primary purpose is to provide educational oppportunities for local schools. Programs are offered free to St. Clair County schools. Schools outside the county are charged a fee of $5 per student. Full-day and half-day programs are available; please see our School Programs section to learn more.
The Pine River Nature Center is a nature preserve intended for educational purposes therefore, please help us maintain and protect the natural area.
Self-guided trail booklets help make hikes more fun and educational
The nature center now offers a self-guided trail booklet that will allow you to identify and learn about various flowers, birds, trees and shrubs as you tour the 90-acre property. The booklets are available at the office. Booklets are for borrowing only and must be returned after you have taken your hike so that everyone can enjoy and learn from them.
Download the self-guided trail booklet
The Pine River Nature Center and RESA are proud members of the Northeastern Watersheds Group
The waterhseds group has been protecting, enhancing and celebrating our rivers, lakes and bays since 2002. Check out the programs and activities they offer for families to support clean water initiatives in our area.
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