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Overview

5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 – Map Me
(248) 625-7280
(800) 477-2757
ext 6390 (Environmental Discovery Center Front Desk)

Hours:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily

A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to visit.

About

Explore the diversity of Southeast Michigan’s original habitats. The Environmental Discovery Center (EDC) is a gateway into the complexity and beauty of prairies, wetlands, and woods, here for you to study, enjoy and appreciate. The EDC features 60 acres of restored native prairie ecosystems as part of the 2500 acre park. The award-winning EDC building contains classrooms, a biology lab, and a 200-person event room used for a variety of school, scout, and public programs. The interactive exhibits feature the diversity of the park’s ecosystems. The underwater pond viewing room gives a below-the-water peek at pond life, including native fish and plants.

The presentation, both indoors and out, was the perfect combination of information and exploration... Listening, observing, exploring hands-on...It was engaging, and EXACTLY what they needed. (Even the rain didn't dampen the fun.) Thank you!

Stepanski Early Childhood Center, Waterford Township

The children had plenty of time to ask questions and get answers. They talked about it for the rest of the week. I thought the program was great

Walled Lake Community Education, Walled Lake

Day Camps

Get outside and discover an adventure at the Metroparks with our day camps! Spend the day at the EDC with extraordinary camp fun like insect safaris, rocket science, or caveman survival skills. Advanced registration is required for all day camps. See the events listing for all details.

Contact Info: (800) 477-2757 ext 6390 (Environmental Discovery Center Front Desk)

Homeschool Programs

Do you like spending time in nature and learning about our natural environment? Are you looking for programs that will complement your science studies? Join the Environmental Discovery Center for a year of fun hands-on, place-based science activities! Classes learn in age groups of 7 – 8, 9 – 10, & 11 and older. Advanced registration is required for all Homeschool programs. See the events listing for all details.

Contact Info: (800) 477-2757 ext 6390 (Environmental Discovery Center Front Desk)

Public Programs & Events

Metroparks Interpreters offer programs and events throughout the year for all ages, interests and ability levels. Highlights at the Environmental Discovery Center include Open and Family Lab Days, Cave Painting 101, Intro to GPS, BioBlitz, and Hoots and Haunts Halloween. Some programs require advance registration. See the events listing for all details.

Contact Info: (800) 477-2757 ext 6390 (Environmental Discovery Center Front Desk)

School Programs

Research shows that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. Environmental education engages students in learning and raises test scores. The Metroparks Interpretive school programs are great examples of STEM-based environmental education, with hands-on activities, cooperative learning, and critical thinking discussions. Programs also meet NGSS and GLCE standards. Many programs are available as EDventures- presented by an Interpreter at your school. See the School Program Guide for all the details.

Contact Info: (800) 477-2757 ext 6390 (Environmental Discovery Center Front Desk)

Scout Programs

Scouts: Get outdoors, build character and confidence, meet badge requirements, connect with the outside world, and have FUN with programs at the Metroparks. Diverse programs are available for a variety of Girls and Boys scouting levels. (All Boy Scout programs are presented by Certified Merit Badge Counselors). See the events listing for Environmental Discovery Center scout programs offered throughout the year or contact us with a program in mind and we’ll work with you to set something up.

Contact Info: (800) 477-2757 ext 6390 (Environmental Discovery Center Front Desk)

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