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Nestled in the hills of Antrim County in Michigan's northwest corner of the lower peninsula (see map), the Grass River Natural Area (GRNA) encompasses lakes, a meandering river, rushing streams and crystal clear creeks — a haven for plant and animal life, including both rare and endangered species. This natural eco-guardian project lies midway on the renowned Chain of Lakes waterway, a connector of Torch and Clam lakes, and Lake Bellaire. Grass River Natural Area is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. Stop by to see what's happening at the Natural Area, peruse the informative displays, and browse the bookstore.
If you didn't receive our fall fund-raising letter, you can click here to read it. And be sure to click on the Donate button below the menu on the left to donate via credit card or PayPal. Your contribution will help us preserve the natural area for you and future generations and fund our education programs. If you would like to be on our mailing list, send an e-mail to info@GrassRiver.org with your name, mailing address, and phone.
|On November 1, 2013 Haley Breniser assumed the role of Executive Director from Rich Hannan, a former GRNA board member who had graciously agreed to serve as Executive Director for up to a year. The Board thanks Rich for his service beyond the call of duty and welcomes Haley to the organization. Haley is a proud native of Michigan and a graduate of Michigan State University’s Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Her respect for wilderness and passion for conservation originated from an unforgettable and humbling two-week backpacking trip on Isle Royale when she was 19. From that point forward, she has participated in a variety of conservation and research projects throughout Michigan, the United States, and the Canadian Rockies. She worked for the Kalamazoo Nature Center for 3.5 years as Director of Ecological Services and looks forward to bringing this experience with her to Grass River Natural Area. She recognizes the uniqueness of the plant and wildlife community within GRNA’s boundaries as well as the human community that so passionately support it. Because of this, Haley is grateful to be so warmly welcomed into her new position as Executive Director.|
Grass River Natural Area, Inc. is seeking a highly motivated individual to administer all of the organization's education programs. Click here to see a job description and instructions for applying.
Do you love the Grass River Natural Area? Do you have a special skill or interest (biology, education, finance, conservation, marketing, fund-raising, information technology, or social media) or just a love of the natural world? If you are eager to keep GRNA thriving to protect this beautiful and special natural area, download an application on the Staff & Board Page.
Hours are 11 am to 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Stop by to get the scoop on what’s happening in the natural area, peruse the informative displays, and browse the bookstore. See special events for more information. The Grass River Natural Area is located at 6500 Alden Hwy, Bellaire.
In July 2012, "Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine" listed Grass River Natural Area as one of the top ten Northern Michigan Summer Escapes (read the full article).
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Educational classes for children, adults and school groups, emphasizing the environment and water and land protection are at the core of the popular outdoor curriculum. A network of trails with observation platforms and boardwalks traverse an educational area providing easy access to upland, wetland and aquatic habitats. A portion of this seven mile system is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Grass River Natural Area is publicly owned and managed by a local volunteer board of directors dedicated to water and land protection and environmental education. Visitors are welcome year-round from dawn 'til dusk. GRNA is free to visitors, who are encouraged in return to become members, volunteers and contributors.