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Butterfly weed at Whitehouse Nature Center

Butterfly weed

Although the Whitehouse Nature Center encourages all to participate in its educational and passive recreational offerings, certain activities detract from its intended purpose and mission.

The following activities are not permitted in the Center:

  • Hunting
  • Fire-building
  • Camping
  • Horseback riding
  • Bicycling
  • Unleashed dogs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Radios
  • Picking of plants
  • Removal of any natural objects (living or not)
  • Motorized vehicles of any type

Team running is discouraged due to the disruption to the wildlife and quiet setting.

Remember, the Nature Center is your place to enjoy, not destroy; to linger, not litter. Thank you!

Please see the Hours page for trail and Visitor Center hours of operation.

To report violations

Albion College Campus Safety: 517-629-1234

Nature Center Director: 517-629-0582

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Public Events

Whitehouse Nature Center public programs

The Whitehouse Nature Center hosts monthly programs that are open to the general public, ranging from Nature Tots for 3-5 year olds to summer adventure camps for elementary school students to adult conservation classes. For more information and in order to prepare, please pre-register for all programs by phone or e-mail.

Nature Tots

Nature Tots are on Fridays and run from 10-11:30 a.m. and are for ages 3-5. There will be a craft, story and outdoor game during each session. 

Topics include:

  • Feb 12 - Rabbits
  • March 18 - Bats
  • April 15 - Sunflowers

Pre-register by contacting  or call 517-629-0582.


Sixth-Annual Albion Bee School

Saturday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$40 per person for pre-registration, $25 per person for students ages 17 and under
Albion College’s Science Complex Building

Classes will cover the natural history of the honeybee, how to set up and manage a hive, handling/ordering bees, bee diseases, how to attract bees, CCD and more. Local beekeeping vendors will be on hand for supplies and support.

Bee school features:

  • Keynote by Jack Erwin
  • Beginner classes for those just starting
  • Intermediate classes for those who have already established a hive
  • Participate in the Honeybee Raffle

Registration price includes

  • Classes
  • Hot lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the morning

Pre-Registration By Check

Checks made out to Albion College and mailed to:

Albion College
c/o Whitehouse Nature Center
611 East Porter Street
Albion, MI 49224

Pre-Registration By Credit Card

Call 517-629-0507; between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For general information or for a list of classes, contact or call 517-629-0582.


Night Hikes

  • February 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • March 18, 8:30-10 p.m.
  • April 22, 9-10:30 p.m.

Volunteer Days

  • March 31, April 7, and April 21 from 4:30-6 p.m.

Pre-register by contacting  or call 517-629-0582. Feel free to call or email for more information! 

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