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Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve

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1750 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-5949
+1 616-526-7600
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Pretty Basic But Well Done

Went here with the grandkids for one of their instructional programs. Well done. And the wandering... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Paul T
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Wonderful little spot to enjoy nature

At the end of August, my husband was at a meeting for most of the day at the new hotel that is just... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Ray, Michigan
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The Ecosystem Preserve features forty acres of forest, wetlands, and native gardens. A mile of walking trails are open every day from dawn to dusk. The Bunker Interpretive Center is a LEED-certified education center open M-F 9am-5pm, and features interactive seasonal displays. A variety of educational programs for all ages are offered throughout the year.
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1750 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-5949
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

Went here with the grandkids for one of their instructional programs. Well done. And the wandering about was delightful, with young eyes and ears tuned in.

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 18 September 2017

At the end of August, my husband was at a meeting for most of the day at the new hotel that is just up the road so I needed something to do. It was a gorgeous day so a nature walk was perfect. The trails...More

Thank _cpickett08
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Teaching a summer course at Calvin College and really appreciate and enjoy a nearby respite to talk a walk through the woods in this beautiful (and free) preserve! Watching quietly on the deck by the little lake we saw (and heard) a lot of wild...More

Thank JudyMK
Reviewed 11 June 2017

I enjoyed walking through the established woods and small ponds of this nature preserve. Very peaceful in the midst of a busy city and area. Trails are well-maintained and easy to follow. Ample free parking. Across Beltline Ave from the main campus of Calvin College....More

1  Thank notdenise
Reviewed 4 June 2017

I really enjoyed my walk here, especially since it's free. There were maps near the guest parking area and you can easily walk the full length of trails in one visit (makes a little over one mile). Don't miss the whisky trail, because that was...More

Thank Traveler873643229356
Reviewed 25 May 2017

As mentioned in the title, its a nice place to go for a walk in the woods. Also nice is the fact that it is free.

Thank AQMike
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Small but beautiful. Great place to take photos of turtles, butterflies, and nature. Just walk, sit, and enjoy!

1  Thank LadyfromFremont
Reviewed 8 February 2017

This preserve located on the east side of Grand Rapids provides an excellent nature experience. The wooded trails go through a variety of ecosystem types including streams, woods, ponds, wetlands, etc. A nice walk for a break or a more leisurely stroll.

Thank Ecotour36
Reviewed 9 October 2016

I always walk through the Preserve when I stay at the Prince Center. I love to walk by the pond and into the woods

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 22 September 2016

A nice walk and we enjoyed it during different times of the day. My son took his camera and got some great nature shots.

Thank fngsmith
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14 February 2016|
Response from CCEP | Property representative |
We appreciate you asking about this. Our primary mission is preservation of the habitats here, so we do not permit leashed dogs. A few reasons for the policy are to help prevent plants from being trampled, wildlife from... More