Boardman River Nature Center, Traverse City

4.6
#13 of 14 in Parks in Traverse City
The Boardman River Nature Center is a nature center in Traverse City, Michigan. It is operated by the Grand Traverse Conservation District, a regional parkland authority. The nature center is dedicated to educating residents of Grand Traverse County about the animals and plants of the area, especially those native to the Boardman River valley.
The Nature Center serves as the interpretive center and management headquarters for the Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve, a 505-acre local park and natural area. The Conservation District reports that the Reserve contains Northern Michigan woodlands and wetlands. Local fauna center on small game of varieties once harvested in the local fur trade, including whitetail deer, red fox, mink, and otter. A segment of flowing water is often dammed by a family of beaver to create an active beaver pond.
The park reserve features ponds and wetlands of the Boardman River above Boardman Lake. 7 miles of trails give visitors access to the resources of the Reserve.
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  • Went after the Nature Center was closed so no one was there. Went out for a hike along the trails to look at the river. Very pretty, well maintained trail, quiet. It was fall so too cold for mosquitoe...  more »
  • Great beautiful place to relax in nature and paddleboard and kayak Safe calm convenient an fun in the sun  more »
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  • Great program about Raptors. Very informative and interactive. The trails are easy for 7 year old to 65 year old with a bum knee. The whole area is interesting to see simply because of the dam they removed. What was once a beaver pond has become green with new saplings growing everywhere. This will be fun to observe nature and how it retakes it's unaltered state.
  • Nice plantings around the education center. Stuffed wildlife inside, mounted insects, educational camp or program for the children. A couple of damns taken out and habitat restoration in progress. Trails going north and south.

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