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Overview

4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 – Map Me
(810) 227-8917

Hours
Monday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to visit.

About

A complement to Kensington Metropark’s seven miles of nature trails, the Nature Center offers exhibits to help explore the wildlife of the park. Park Interpreters are on hand to answer questions as you visit live animals such as turtles, snakes, fish and Ranger the Red-tailed hawk. Hand-feed small songbirds like chickadees and titmice or the fish in Kingfisher Lagoon. Shop for gifts, snacks, or a hot drink at the gift shop. Then head out to explore the over 700 acres of forests, fields, fens and swamps, on trails that vary in length from half-mile to two miles and can be combined to hike for as long or as short a walk as your time allows.

Day Camps

Get outside and discover an adventure at the Metroparks with our day camps! Spend the day at Kensington Nature Center with traditional camp fun like fishing, hiking, and smores roasting or go for something a little more exciting like wilderness survival skills workshops or zombie apocalypse preparedness training. Advanced registration is required for all day camps. See the events listing for all details.

Contact Info: (810) 227-8917 (Nature Center Welcome Desk)

Public Programs & Events

Metroparks Interpreters offer programs and events throughout the year for all ages, interests, and ability levels. Highlights at the Kensington Nature Center include Chickadee Chow Down, May Native Plant Sale, Color Walks, Zombie Apocalypse Survival, Trick-or-Treat on the Trail, and S’mores with Santa. Some programs require advance registration. See the events listing for all details.

Contact Info: (810) 227-8917 (Nature Center Welcome Desk)

Rental Space

Looking for a space for your next special occasion, meeting or workshop that your guests will “naturally” enjoy? The Kensington Metropark Nature Center has you covered.

Amenities

  • The Great Blue Heron room can accommodate seating for approximately 60 people in a variety of table and chair configurations.
  • 16 72” x 30” tables and 100 chairs are available. (It is your responsibility to set them up and arrange them to your liking.)
  • A small kitchen with sink, stove, microwave and refrigerator is attached to the Great Blue Heron room.
  • The Nature Center is wheelchair accessible and conveniently connected to a large parking lot by a paved walkway.
  • Restrooms are located inside of the nature center.
  • The Great Blue Heron room has a wall mounted screen and room darkening shades. A projector for your presentation is available upon request.
  • Public WI-FI is available.

Rates and Fees

Basic Room Rental – Great Blue Heron Room and kitchen

Daytime (Regular Building Hours 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., only)

  •  1 – 2 hours $100 flat rate
  • Additional hours $50/ hour
  • $300 Maximum

Evening (After Regular Building Hours 5-10pm only)

  •  1 – 2 hours $200 flat rate
  • Additional hours $75/ hour
  • $425 Maximum

Combination (Rentals starting during daytime hours, carried past 5 p.m.)

Evening rates apply + daytime hourly

Add-ons

In addition to Basic Room Rental fees

Kids’ Birthday Party, 1 hour $50

  • Choose from theme list or make a suggestion
  • Does not include decorations, party favors or refreshments
  • A Kids’ Birthday Party program must be selected with reservation to have an interactive visit with the Nature Center animals.

Kids’ Party theme list

  • Animal Adventure
  • Dino Safari
  • Bug Hunt Party (May through September only)
  • Woodland Fairy Treasure Hunt

Kids’ Party Goody Bags  $1/bag
AV cart free
Projector rental $50/hour
Additional set-up time $50/hour

Available during Regular Building Hours only

Additional room

  • Chickadee Nest Room
  • 24’ x 18’ non-adjacent room
  • $50/hour

À la Carte

Available with or without a Room Rental

Kids’ Birthday Party, 1 hour, $50

  • Choose from the theme list or make a suggestion
  • Does not include decorations, party favors or refreshments

Kids’ Party theme list

  • Animal Adventure
  • Dino Safari
  • Bug Hunt Party (May through September only)
  • Woodland Fairy Treasure Hunt

Housekeeping

  • Metroparks vehicle passes are required and are not included in the reservation fee.
  • Annual permits (regular and senior) are available for purchase at the nature center, park office, toll booths, or online at http://www.metroparks.com/shop/.
  • Daily permits may be purchased at the park office or toll booth.
  • Vehicles must park in the lot and may not be driven up to the building. Be prepared to carry or cart your items from the parking lot to the classroom. The classroom is approximately 250 feet from the parking lot. We suggest bringing a wagon or dolly to transport your items.
  • Yard signs may be staked in the park to help direct guests, but must be removed immediately after rental.
  • Signs and balloons may not be affixed to Metroparks signs.
  • Set up and cleanup is the responsibility of the renter and must be done within reservation time.
  • Cleanup includes vacuuming and bagging all trash.
  • All food and beverages must be non-staining. (No colored frosting or Kool-Aid)
  • Beer and (white) wine is permitted in the classroom only.
  • No decorations are permitted in the Exhibit Room or Lobby during normal business hours.
  • PA systems and amplified instruments are not permitted.
  • Party decorations may not be taped or tacked to walls or displays. (3M Command strips are okay)
  • The reserving individual will be held financially responsible for damage caused during the rental to the building beyond normal wear and tear.
  • Other Metroparks Rules and Regulations apply. (Available at http://www.metroparks.com/about-us/rules-and-regulations/)

Payment Requirements

  • All reservation fees (except goody bags) must be paid at the time of reservation.
  • Cash or check is only accepted in person.
  • Payments may be made over the phone with a credit card.
  • Evening reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • Cancellations must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance to receive a refund.
  • Please allow 4 – 6 weeks processing time for refund requests.

Contact Info: (810) 227-8917 (Nature Center Welcome 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: (810) 227-8917 (Nature Center Welcome 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 Kensington Nature 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: (810) 227-8917 (Nature Center Welcome Desk)

Events

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