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Grass River Natural Area.
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.
Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Sunday through August 29th. Stop by to get the scoop on what’s happening in the natural area, peruse the informative displays, and browse the bookstore. See classes and special events for more information. The Grass River Natural Area is located at 6500 Alden Hwy, Bellaire.
What is it? Where is it? Why does it matter to riparian property owners, boaters, anglers and all who enjoy the Elk River Chain of Lakes? Admission is FREE. RSVP at 231-533-8314 or firstname.lastname@example.org Click here for the flyer.
The Antrim Creek Natural Area (ACNA), in partnership with Grass River Natural Area (GRNA), will host a series of education programs this summer. GRNA naturalist, Arlene Westhoven, will present three informal educational walks that focus on the unique coastal ecosystem at ACNA. The walks are free and open to the public. See more details on the GRNA Guided Hikes page and click here for more information about ACNA.
SWITCHBACK is BACK for another GRNA benefit dance on June 29 at 6 pm. We also have Shorts Beer and food again this year in the big tent on the shores of Torch Lake at Alden Depot. We had over 400 people for last year's event, and the crowd gets bigger every year, so purchase your tickets online before they are all gone for just $16 ($20 at the door). Come out and support Grass River Natural Area and dance the night away to the music of SWITCHBACK.
Our beloved and dedicated president has reached the end of her six years of service with the board, and GRNA needs to replace her with someone just as dedicated to the environment and eager to keep GRNA thriving to protect this beautiful and special natural area. Download an application on the Staff & Board Page.
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.
Photography—Participants in classes, on pontoon trips, and other GRNA sponsored events may be photographed for the educational and promotional purposes of Grass River Natural Area.
Pets (small domestic animals) are allowed ONLY on the Railroad Grade and Algonquin Trail provided the animal is on a leash or otherwise under the immediate control of the owner.
Donations to Grass River Natural Area can be made by clicking the donate button on the left or by mailing to PO Box 231, Bellaire MI 49615, or calling 231-533-8314.