Woldumar Nature Center

Lansing, Michigan

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Trails and wildlife viewing near the center of Lansing's urban area. Woldumar Nature Center was established in 1966 when Gladys Olds Anderson donated 177 acres from her family farm to create the center. It has since expanded to its present 188 acres, and serves as a natural sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife right in the middle of the urban sprawl of the state capitol. Woldumar contains a variety of habitats including fields and orchards, conifers, hardwoods, and ponds as well as 1 mile of frontage on the Grand River. It is an escape from the hustle of the city without making a long drive, and many who visit feel that they are "up north." Deer, fox, raccoon, other animals, and dozens of species of birds live in the preserve. Woldumar's habitats are all left to the whims of nature, which continuously improves the complexion of the preserve. The old farmlands have begun to revert back to natural seedings; the pine plantations of the 1940s continue to provide a quiet break for many creatures. The area's ponds, swamps, and more than a mile of river frontage all provide a perfect setting for wildlife.
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Hiking Michigan

by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Guides)

Trails and wildlife viewing near the center of Lansing's urban area. Woldumar Nature Center was established in 1966 when Gladys Olds Anderson donated 177 acres from her family farm to create the center. It has since expanded to its present 188 acres, and serves as a natural sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife right in the middle of the urban sprawl of the state capitol. Woldumar contains a variety of habitats including fields and orchards, conifers, hardwoods, and ponds as well as 1 mile of frontage on the Grand River.

It is an escape from the hustle of the city without making a long drive, and many who visit feel that they are "up north." Deer, fox, raccoon, other animals, and dozens of species of birds live in the preserve. Woldumar's habitats are all left to the whims of nature, which continuously improves the complexion of the preserve. The old farmlands have begun to revert back to natural seedings; the pine plantations of the 1940s continue to provide a quiet break for many creatures. The area's ponds, swamps, and more than a mile of river frontage all provide a perfect setting for wildlife.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lansing
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Woldumar Nature Center, 517-322-0030
Local Maps: Woldumar Nature Center map and brochure
Driving Directions: Directions to Woldumar Nature Center

Recent Trail Reviews

2/25/2006
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This is a wonderful area for family hiking, intoducing children to the outdoors and just going for a beautiful walk. My 2 oldest sons and I set out on a winter morning walk in the woods. We packed my day pack and headed out for a close to home hike. This area is perfect if you're in the Lansing area and need to get out into the woods. The trails are well marked, easy for small children to traverse the rolling hills (my middle was 3 at the time and could handle the changing terrain) and diverse enough to keep you wondering, "what's around the next corner?" The center did ask for a $1/hiker donation which I was happy to hand over.



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