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:
- Horseback riding
- Unleashed dogs
- Alcoholic beverages
- 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
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 where we build nesting boxes for wildlife and enjoy bird walks through various habitats of the Center.
For more information and in order to prepare, please pre-register for all programs by phone or
If your little tot (ages 3–5) enjoys the natural world, this series of programs will help them explore nature’s wildlife and plants. Games, crafts, stories, and hands-on discoveries will provide each child with the opportunity to investigate the natural world.
Classes will be held indoors and outdoors, so please dress for the weather. An adult must accompany child. Time for each class is 10-11:30 a.m. and will take place at the Whitehouse Nature Center.
- July 10 - Bugs
- July 24 - Skunks
- August 7 - Fish
- August 21 - Squirrels
Pre-Register by the Wednesday before each program by calling 517/629-0582 or emailing your information to
Teens Exploring Nature (T.E.N.)
June 9 - July 16
Tuesdays-Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Does your child love nature? Then Teens Exploring Nature (T.E.N.) is the perfect camp.
The goal of T.E.N. is to get teenagers ages 12-15 outside, and to introduce them to new experiences. We will be going canoeing, exploring student farm, and visiting the Equestrian Center. We will also be hearing from several of the college’s professors about their experiences and get a brief glance into their fields of study. A meal will be provided at every session.
The camp is free of charge! RSVPs are REQUIRED because there are limited spaces available. All sessions will be held at the Albion College Nature Center, and transportation to the Nature Center is not provided.
If you have any questions or to RSVP please email or call Erica Willoughby (517) 927-7017 or
Camps are $30 per session. Preregister by the Thursday before the start of each camp. Camps will take place both indoors and outdoors, and each camp will include age-appropriate activities, crafts, snacks, and games. Camps run 9 a.m. to noon each day.
Junior Explorer Camps- 1st through 3rd grade
July 14-16 and 28-30
This camp will allow your junior explorer to discover all that nature has to offer, with various activities, crafts, games, and explorations that will further your child’s love and appreciation of the natural world.
Session 1 (July 14, 15, 16): Pilgrim Life
Get the chance to experience what it was like to live like a pilgrim. Enjoy special activities such as butter churning, a trip to the student farm, and candle dipping!
Session 2 (July 28, 29, 30): Bugs and Slugs
Learn about all of the little creatures that live right here in Albion. Activities such as exploring a worm colony as well as butterfly catching will be lots of fun, and full of hands-on learning experiences!
Trail Blazer Camps- 4th through 6th grade
July 21-23 and August 4-6
This camp is full of adventure and fun! Trail blazers will be given the opportunity to not only explore nature, but blaze new trails they never have before.
Session 1 (July 21, 22, 23): Wigwams, Wooly Mammoths, and Michigan Tribes
Get the chance to learn about what it would be like to be a member of the Potawatomi tribe that existed right here in Albion. A canoe trip down the Kalamazoo River, exploring the Nature Center where some members of the tribe lived, and visiting the student farm to see some of the plants that were grown during that time period will all lead to a better understanding of Native American history.
Session 2 (August 4, 5, 6): Water World
Water is all around us here in Michigan, so why not take the chance to learn all about it and the creatures that call the water their home? Take a dip (with waders) in a pond and discover some of the awesome organisms that you have never seen before during a pond study, and observe some of the bigger creatures that live in or near the water on a canoeing excursion.
Summer Camp Registration
To pre-register please email your information to either
. Include your name, your child’s name, which session(s) you are planning on attending and your contact information.