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Pine River Nature Center

Discover the area’s natural heritage

RESA’s Pine River Nature Center provides educational and recreational opportunities that inspire appreciation and preservation of our natural world.

The Pine River Nature Center is a 90-acre site in the heart of St. Clair County, just off I-69 in Goodells. Some of what you will find there:

  • 3 miles of walking trails designed to meet standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Different ecosystems, including forest, prairie and wetlands.
  • A range of educational programs for young and old.

The nature center also features the state’s first publicly-owned, universally accessible treehouse. Discover it and other natural and cultural gems during your visit.

Take a look at what the Pine River Nature Center has to offer

The nature center has over three miles of trails open daily from dawn until dusk for public use.

Mature hardwood forest, wetlands and prairie are some of the many habitats that can be explored through a system of trails. The meandering Pine River has cut deep ravines that afford dramatic views of the floodplains.

In spring, the forest floor is filled with a spectacular display that includes trillium, mayapple, and wild geranium. Wildlife at the nature center includes deer and mink. More than 70 species of birds have been sighted on the nature center property, including warblers, great blue herons and wood ducks.

Occasional Scouting and public programs are also offered. Dogs, horses, bikes and motorized vehicles are not permitted.


2585 Castor Road
Goodells, MI 48027

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Wooden birdhouses displayed hanging from rods at the Pine River Nature Center
Birdhouses for sale

Hand-made birdhouses and feeders are available to purchase at the nature center. 

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