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Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway

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4214 56th St, Holland, MI 49423-9318
+1 616-393-9453
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The kids begged to return the next day!

After hearing about the Outdoor Discovery Center through several other friends, I added it to my... read more

Reviewed March 16, 2018
schumacherkathy
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Wyoming, Michigan
Outdoors Activity in Holland Mi.

You will love going to this place to hike. You will see wild flowers,animals, birds of prey... read more

Reviewed December 6, 2017
FishingMachine
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Michigan
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The Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (ODCMG) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit education and conservation organization that was founded in the year 2000. Our purpose is to connect people with nature through outdoor education for the benefit of wildlife and the conservation of the natural world. More than 75,000 people annually visit ODCMG sites to walk the trails and view the wildlife. The ODC Nature Preserve is free and open to the public and offers many diverse programs that help foster the concepts of wildlife management, conservation, outdoor education and preservation. The 150 acre nature preserve has 4 miles of trails and several distinct habitats. The 2015 addition of a visitor center makes the facility ideal for visiting during any season. The building boasts a diverse taxidermy collection of North American wildlife with other wildlife exhibits. It also has a collection of wildlife and nature-themed canvas prints by local photographers.
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“main building” (4 reviews)
“bug spray” (4 reviews)
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4214 56th St, Holland, MI 49423-9318
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+1 616-393-9453
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Reviewed March 16, 2018

After hearing about the Outdoor Discovery Center through several other friends, I added it to my list of places to visit last summer...but the months flew by without presenting an opportunity. When the forecast for the first Saturday in March promised sunshine and mid-40s, my...More

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review, we are glad you and your children were able to thoroughly enjoy your first visit! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed December 6, 2017

You will love going to this place to hike. You will see wild flowers,animals, birds of prey, butterflies, and a very nice collection of stuffed animals at the lodge building.

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2017

Thank you for the great review. We are glad you enjoy checking out our Nature Preserve, Birds of Prey Exhibit and Visitor Center. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed November 27, 2017

My husband and I like to do outdoorsy things, but as I am 7 months pregnant, needed something that wouldn't be quite so strenuous. This was the perfect place (and I imagine would be a great place for kids!). We walked all over the trails...More

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2017

Thank you for the 5-star review. We are glad you enjoyed the trails and were able to stop by the De Witt Birds of Prey Facility to check out the birds. We hope to see you again soon, maybe even with your little one!

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Reviewed September 26, 2017

We were heading somewhere else in Holland and just happened to see the sign for this great place. We weren't sure what we were going to be seeing but were up for something different. We were VERY surprised at how wonderful this place was! The...More

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2017

Thank you for the great review Jessica, we are glad you enjoyed your visit! See you again soon, maybe in the winter for snowshoeing.

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Reviewed July 24, 2017

We were visiting Holland for the day and are very glad we did! We arrived on a weekday after a rainfall so we almost had the place to ourselves. We started in the visitor center and there was a helpful staff member to introduce the...More

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Thank you for the wonderfully thought out review! We love to hear the favorite part of visitors' visits, many times it is the De Witt Birds of Prey Facility, so we are glad you made it out there with your 5 year old daughter. Thank...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2017

...with excellent hiking trails. My wife and I visited this place a few weeks ago and yesterday we took his 92-year old father so he could travel around in his scooter. It has a very nice and informative visitor center showing North American wildlife exhibits...More

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2017

Thank you for your very thorough review and for giving people an idea of some of the things they can do from a visitor perspective! We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you next time you're in town.

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Reviewed July 11, 2017

Check out the Birds of prey exhibit and the elk. Lots of trails to walk and indoor stuffed wildlife to see

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017

Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed June 21, 2017

Good for adults and children. Friendly staff. Nice wetlands. Excellent live Birds of Prey exhibit in a new building.

Thank Dick A
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ODCMG, Manager at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2017

Thanks for sharing your positive review. We hope to have you back to visit again soon!

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Reviewed May 27, 2017

Stopped here on our way out of town. If you have small children or nature lovers in your family, definitely check this out. Small visitor center with many taxidermied animals (specific to Michigan/Midwest region). Groomed trails thru marsh lands and wooded areas. The day we...More

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Ashley V, Community Outreach Coordinator at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2017

We are glad you were able to stop out and enjoy some of the trails and check out the Visitor Center. We hope to see you next time you're in the area!

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Reviewed February 21, 2017

Tons for kids to explore. We visited on a Sunday so the main building was closed however there was still plenty to do for our kids- a play cottage, "zip line", crawling tunnel, fish pond, walking trails, etc. Also up close view of live Elk....More

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ODCMG, Manager at Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2017

Thanks for the great review! We saw a lot of people over this last weekend with the unseasonably warm weather. It's great that you found a number of fun things to do OUTSIDE!! We look forward to seeing you back!

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Hi Marissa, I just checked their website, and yes, they are allowed on leashes: "Pets are only allowed on 6 foot leashes and are to be kept at least 50 feet from the captive animal enclosures." That makes sense so a dog... More
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