Whitehouse Nature Center

The Whitehouse Nature Center's visitor center is open.

Welcome to the greenest classroom on campus!

It’s also the only one with a river running through it. And five miles of trails and more than 400 plant species. You’ll explore acres of hickory and floodplain forests as you search for one of 170 species of birds. Maybe you’re interested in experimental plantings or agricultural research—you can dig right into the acres of farmland that are reserved for student projects just like yours. Or immerse yourself in prairie studies—literally. We manage three acres of tall-grass.

The Whitehouse Nature Center is 140 acres’ worth of outdoor education, and it comes complete with a visitors’ center that houses a classroom, wildlife observation room, and live exhibits of local reptiles and amphibians. We’re owned and operated by Albion College, but our facilities and services are open to public schools and the community for environmental education.

The Nature Center is named in honor of Dr. William W. Whitehouse, tenth president of Albion College.


To stimulate awareness and understanding of our natural environments among college, school, community, and other groups of all ages.

Get Involved

From volunteering on weekends to organizing a school field trip for your students, there are many ways for community members to enjoy the Whitehouse Nature Center! Explore ways to get involved.

The student farm.

Student Farm

The mission of the Albion College Student Farm is to cultivate a student-organized, all-natural, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing produce garden for the benefit of students, faculty, and members of the Albion community of all ages.

During the school year, students from the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, the Whitehouse Nature Center and other campus organizations can volunteer at the farm, growing sustainable produce for campus and wider Albion community.

Student Farm