Whitehouse Nature Center
Due to the September 11, 2013 storm, the River's Edge Trail and portions of the Ecology Trail are still closed due to down trees. Work will continue through the winter to reopen these trails. All other trails are open including our new one-mile Wren Trail. Trail maps are available in the Visitor Center.
Green Day is an annual springtime event at the Nature Center.
A young turtle swims in its aquarium in the Visitor Center.
Welcome to the greenest classroom on campus.
It’s also the only one with a river running through it. And five miles of trails and more than 400 plant species. You’ll explore acres of hickory and floodplain forests as you search for one of 170 species of birds. Maybe you’re interested in experimental plantings or agricultural research—you can dig right into the acres of farmland that are reserved for student projects just like yours. Or immerse yourself in prairie studies—literally. We manage three acres of tall-grass.
The Whitehouse Nature Center is 140 acres’ worth of outdoor education, and it comes complete with a visitors’ center that houses a classroom, wildlife observation room, and live exhibits of local reptiles and amphibians. We’re owned and operated by Albion College, but our facilities and services are open to public schools and the community for environmental education.
The Nature Center is named in honor of Dr. William W. Whitehouse, tenth president of Albion College.
To stimulate awareness and understanding of our natural environments among college, school, community, and other groups of all ages.