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Are the trails groomed for cross country skiing?

Most of the nature center’s trails are open for cross-country skiing (the paved Arbury Trail is the exception). One of the trails, usually the River Trail (2.7 miles), is groomed when there is enough snow for the grooming equipment (at least four inches).

Are there bathrooms I can use after the Visitor Center closes?

Yes, the nearby Resource Building has restrooms and a water fountain that are open until dark (and Sunday mornings). As you approach the Visitor Center from the parking lot, turn right on the sidewalk (as though you were heading for the River Trail). It will lead you past the split rail fence of the wigwam area to the Resource Building.

Can I bring my dog to walk on the trails?

No, CNC does not allow pets. As a nature center, our primary goal is to help people enjoy and learn about nature. Dogs are a distraction to their owner, a potential threat to wildlife, and a disturbance to other visitors. However, there are many, many local options for walking your dog in a natural setting – all of the Midland City and County parks are open to pets.[/vc_toggle]

Do you take injured or orphaned animals?

Chippewa Nature Center is not licensed to rehabilitate wild animals. If you have an animal in need of care, visit the DNR web site for a list of Michigan Licensed Rehabilitators near you or check with the local DNR Office – 989-684-9141 (Mon-Fri).