Woldumar Nature Center Professional Review and Guide
"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."