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Volunteer at the Nature Center.The Whitehouse Nature Center depends on generous help from volunteers who contribute time, materials, or money to the many phases of the Center's operation: leading tours, trail maintenance, habitat development, through the donation of plant materials, and educational publications.

The Center is always happy to receive inquiries form persons and groups interested in volunteer service.


  • Outdoor/environmental education: teaching/assisting classes; internships
  • Align programs with the state of Michigan's Educational Standards and Expectations
  • Special event planning and conducting


  • Composting: vermicomposting
  • Wildlife management: species inventory; nesting/roosting box program; habitat improvement
  • Water management: rain-barrel workshop; rain garden
  • Land management: invasive species removal; prairie management; tree planting and care; trails
  • Beekeeping: Honey and Hives (future program)
  • Raptor Care: (future program)

Educational Workshops

  • Naturalist training for summer programming
  • Project Wild, Aquatic Wild, Project Learning Tree

Outdoor Ethics

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

Reptilles and Amphibians

Common Snapping Turtle


Bird List

Mammals List





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