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Visitor's Guide

Guided tours are available to school groups only. Private groups are welcome to visit the facility and nature trails on their own.

Help us keep the nature center safe and beautiful

Follow these tips for a great trip:
  • Help keep this natural preserve just the way you found it by not littering. Place trash into garbage bins.
  • Enjoy a snack or small picnic that you bring from home at the tree house or on one of our many picnic tables or benches on the trails.
  • Enjoy our trails by walking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking or jogging. Bikes, horses and motorized vehicle are not permitted on the trails.
  • Please leave your pets home. They disrupt the native wildlife.
  • Enjoy taking lots of photos of the wonderful wildlife, but don't feed or release any wildlife.
  • Stop to take in the beautiful flora and fauna of the nature center. Please don't take any home with you.
Publications help make hikes more fun and educational 
Self-Guided Trail Booklet

The self-guided trail booklet will allow you to identify and learn about various flowers, birds, trees and shrubs as you tour the 90-acre property. Print before your visit or view on your smart device.

Self-Guided Trail Booklet

Trail Map and Guide Brochure

This trail map and guide will help you navigate your hike. Trail maps are available outdoors.

Trail map brochure

Building Hours

Monday –Thursday:    
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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 and treehouse:
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.


  • 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 such as the Summer Nature Series, scouting programs, and environmental education programs may have registration fees.