A Northern Michigan Haven for Plant and Animal Life
Ownership, Management and Partnership
Grass River Natural Area, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1979. Grass River Natural Area and the Grass River Interpretive Center are owned by Antrim County. Under contract with Antrim County, Grass River Natural Area, Inc. manages the GR Center and 1443 acres of ecologically significant habitat for education, stewardship, conservation, and land protection. The partnership between GRNA, Inc. and Antrim County established in 1979 is an important component of Grass River Natural Area’s unique conservation story.
Grass River Natural Area's Mission
To manage the Grass River Natural Area, conserve and protect its watershed and provide opportunities that increase knowledge, appreciation and community-wide stewardship of the natural environment.
Grass River Natural Area is seeking energetic and creative educators to teach and lead environmental education programs including school programs, public programs, interpretive hikes, and other special events. The naturalist will staff the information desk of the Grass River Center on weekends and provide information to visitors. Internship and Naturalist position available.
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Upcoming Events at Grass River
Grainger Foundation Grant Awarded!
Funds Awarded for Stewardship Equipment and Tools
In June of 2014, GRNA, Inc. applied for a grant to support purchase of necessary stewardship equipment in order to best manage our 1443 acre natural area. We were awarded $6000 towards this project from Grainger Foundation, and we couldn't be more grateful. We could not accomplish all that we do without contributions like this and without folks like Grainger Foundation who believe in our mission. Thank you!!!
Our New Leaders
Attention, Pet Lovers!
With nicer weather approaching, it's a great temptation to take your pets out to the Grass River Area and let them pretend to be wild animals. Please remember, Antrim County Ordinance Section 13, #1 of 1988 allows pets ONLY on the Rail Trail and Algonquin Trail, and only on leash at all times.
And out of respect for other hikers, please clean up after your pet on these trails. OK, we know, the wild animals don't clean up after themselves. But these two trails will rapidly become unwalkable if pet owners are inconsiderate.
Great Gift - Tribute Stones
The natural beauty and peacefulness of the Grass River Natural Area creates the ideal setting in which to pay tribute to a special person or remember the life of a loved one. Honor or remember this special person while supporting the Grass River Natural Area in a new way - tribute stones. A gift of $350.00 to Grass River Natural Area, Inc. will be used to purchase/engrave a native stone with your tribute and install the stone along the pathway leading to Grass River Natural Area’s Serenity Garden. The remainder of your gift will be used to provide general operating support, including education programming, or to help generate ongoing endowment to support the Grass River Natural Area for years to come.
Purchase a Tribute Stone
Please send your check for $350.00 payable to GRNA at PO Box 231, Bellaire, MI 49615. Mark “Tribute Stones” on your check and include a note with your tribute “In honor of (name)(s)” or “In memory of (name)(s).”
For further information on tribute stones, please contact the GRNA office at 231-533-8314 or send an email to email@example.com, include “Tribute Stones” in the subject line.
Grass River Center Hours
Hours are 11 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Stop by to get the scoop on what’s happening in the natural area, peruse the informative displays, and browse the bookstore.
See special events for more information.
The Grass River Natural Area is located at 6500 Alden Hwy, Bellaire.
Enter some of your favorite Grass River photos that show what Grass River means to you. Submit your photos online no later than Sunday, November 30, 2014.
To enter, read the guidelines and submit your photos HERE.