Whitehouse Nature Center

Whitehouse Nature Center

Address: Whitehouse Nature Center Albion, MI 49224
Countie(s) trail is located in: Calhoun
Trail Type(s): Hiking
Trail Measurement: Trails: 7.5 Miles & Area: 135 Acres
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The Whitehouse Nature Center is a natural oasis located on the campus of Albion College in Calhoun County, Michigan. The center offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the beauty and diversity of Michigan’s natural environment through various educational programs and activities.

With over 130 acres of woodland, wetland, and prairie habitats, visitors to the Whitehouse Nature Center can expect to see a wide range of flora and fauna. The center also features several miles of hiking trails, which provide a chance to get up close and personal with the natural world.

In addition to hiking trails, the center offers a variety of educational programs, workshops, and events throughout the year. These programs are designed to engage visitors of all ages and provide a deeper understanding of the natural environment.

The Whitehouse Nature Center is also home to the Jean Noble Parsons Interpretive Center, which features interactive exhibits, live animal displays, and a bird observation room. The center is open to the public and serves as an important educational resource for local schools and community groups.

Whether you’re a nature lover, outdoor enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique and educational experience, the Whitehouse Nature Center is definitely worth a visit. So come explore the beauty of Calhoun County and discover all that the Whitehouse Nature Center has to offer.

Four self-guided nature trails provide good wildlife viewing opportunities in woodland, wetland, old field, and prairie habitats in this 135-acre nature center. This site offers scenic vistas along the North Branch of the Kalamazoo River, a summer butterfly garden, and an arboretum that showcases Michigan trees and shrubs.

Wildlife Viewing

Whitehouse provides many excellent birding opportunities. More than 175 species of birds have been seen here. Look for great blue herons, green herons, and kingfishers in the wetlands. Migratory bird viewing is good in the spring, and waterfowl viewing is also good here, especially in spring and fall. The interpretive center has a feeding window that attracts numerous birds and small mammals. It also attracts Cooper and sharp-shinned hawks that may be seen trying to make a meal of the other feeder patrons. A bridge over the river gives an excellent vantage point for fish viewing in the clear water. Look for spawning beds on the gravel bottom during early summer. Be sure to see the viewing window and pick up the trail brochures available in the Interpretive Center. A half-mile boardwalk through a wetland offers interesting views of the river and its wildlife.


From I-94, take Exit 124 to Albion. Travel to the traffic light at Clark Street and turn left. Follow Clark to a T intersection at East Erie Street. Turn right and continue to Hannah Street. Turn left onto Hannah, cross the RR tracks, and immediately turn left again into the parking lot. Follow signs through the parking lot to the nature center.

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References and More Info

  • Compass Latitude: 42°14’32.2″N
  • Compass Longitude: 84°43’48.9″W
  • Numeric Latitude: 42.24229
  • Numeric Longitude: ‘-84.73025
  • Elevation in Feet:
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  • Trail Measurement: Trails: 7.5 Miles & Area: 135 Acres


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