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31300 Metro Parkway
Harrison Township, MI 48045 – Map Me
(586) 463-4581

School Season
Weekday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Weekend, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to visit.


The Nature Center at Lake St. Clair Metropark features displays on wetlands, waterfowl, live animals and the historical use of the area by the French Voyageurs. Park interpreters host public school, private school and home school field trips, school outreach (we come to you!), Voyageur canoe programs, nature walks, special events, and many other interpretive programs for the general public. A portion of Lake St. Clair Metropark is set aside for the study and enjoyment of nature. Several miles of interpreter or self-guided nature trails teeming with wildlife traverse a freshwater marsh, meadows and woods. The Nature Center and outdoor study area are ideally suited for educators and students to explore while fulfilling their GLCE requirements. The Lake St. Clair Nature Center programs meet the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations.

Trail maps and information on services provided by the park interpreters are available at the Nature Center and the Park Office. Call (586) 463-4581 for information and registration.

Public Programs & Events

Lake St. Clair Nature Center offers a variety of public programs including nature activities and hikes for families and individuals, creature features to meet the Nature Center animals, Voyageur Canoe programs, special events such as the Owl Festival, Bird Migration Day, Voyageur Encampment, and more. Please review our events calendar for more information.

Click here for information on our Summer Discovery Cruises!

Contact Info: (586) 463-4581

School Programs

Lake Saint Clair Nature Center offers school programs in conjunction with Michigan Sea Grant’s Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP). For more information on Sea Grant and GLEP, visit Sample Program Offerings: Predator/Prey, Adaptations, Voyageur Canoe, Life Cycles, and more!

School Appointment Times
Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 am to 3 pm – (Monday appointments are available on a limited basis)

Contact Info: (586) 463-4581

Scout Programs

We offer programs that help scouts and other youth groups complete their goals for earning badges. (NOTE: If you have a suggestion for badge work that is not listed, please contact the Lake Saint Clair Nature Center at (586) 463-4332)

Boy Scouts of America

Tiger Cubs
“Let’s Go Outdoors”
Take a hike along our nature trails, experience the weather and pick up leaves along the way. Do a leaf rubbing when you come back inside to warm up. Dress for the weather – we’ll go out, rain or shine!
Program length: 1.5 hours
Times offered: September, October, early November, April, May

Wolf Cubs
“Your Living World”
Find out how to conserve resources and protect the environment through some hands-on activities as we complete the requirements for this badge. Then, help us clean up our nature areas by picking up litter.
Program length: 1.5 hours
Times offered: September through May

Bear Cubs
“Sharing Your World with Wildlife”
Complete the requirements for this badge by learning about our local wildlife. Optional for additional fee: Give wildlife a helping hand by making a simple bird feeder.
Program length: 1.5 – 2 hours
Times offered: September through May

“Water and Soil Conservation”
Learn about the importance of water and soil in our lives and how we affect these resources. Then, go on a hike to find out how we manage these resources here in our park.
Program length: 2 hours
Times offered: September through November, March & April

Complete five of the requirements for this badge while exploring the lives and uses of trees. Dress to go outdoors, where you can meet some tree – up close and personal!
Program length: 2 – 2.5 hours
Times offered: September through May

This session will cover the requirements for the badge, including the belt loop and pin. Scouts will receive rock specimens, make a plaster cast and take home crystal growing solution. Bring a clean, dry glass jar (salsa or olive jar sizes are best) with a lid.
Program length: 2 – 2.5 hours
Times offered: November through March at specific times (not by appointment)

While visiting the Nature Center, scouts will learn about local wildlife and the importance of various ecosystems. On the hike, scouts will learn how to track and observe wildlife – so dress to spend time outdoors, rain or shine!
Program length: 2 – 2.5 hours
Times offered: September through May

To go camping, you need skills that will help you feel at home in the outdoors. Join park interpreters to learn about building campfires, cooking, setting up tents, tying knots, and other skills.
Program length: 2 .5– 3 hours
Times offered: April through December at specific times (not by appointment)

All Scouts

Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop & Pin
Complete the requirements for this belt loop and pin through activities, games, crafts and a nature hike.
Program length: 2 hours
Times offered: September through May

Scout Service Projects
Conservation and Clean Up

Eagle Scout Projects
Lake Saint Clair Metropark has Eagle Scout Project ideas available. Please call the Nature Center at (586) 463-4581 for details.

Girl Scouts of America

Clover’s Story—Using Resources Wisely
Rosie’s Story—Making the World a Better Place

Legacy Badge—Bugs

Legacy Badge—Flowers
Animal Habitats

Legacy Badge—Trees

Other Scouting Organizations
(American Heritage Girls, Trail Life, CSB, Pioneer Clubs, etc.)

Wildlife Elective
Canoeing (AHG)
Fire Safety and Fire Building (AHG)


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