While visiting North Mountain Park, you might hear the raucous call of baby Great Blue Herons on a late spring morning, smell the pungent fragrance of culinary herbs after a summer rain or watch a Western Pond Turtle catching some of autumn's last warm sunshine. Whatever your interests are, in whatever season you first arrive, you'll want to return soon to make new discoveries. View the park map or the aerial photo (PDF formats).
From a renovated early 20th century farmhouse that serves as a Nature Center to self-guided interpretive trails to Demonstration Gardens, to kid-friendly animal homes to geocaching, or the umma, the park is a great place to spend the day!
The natural area features lush wetland ponds and stream corridor habitat for fish and wildlife and interpretive trails for walking, birding and enjoying nature. It also offers many opportunities for learning and stewardship, including an ethnobotanical trail, interpretive signs and Discovery Kits for outdoor exploration.
Discovery Kits are available for $3 and can be checked out Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The Kits offer outdoor learning and exploration at the park for children ages 6 to 11 accompanied by an adult, and are ideal for home-school classes! Each kit comes complete with storybooks and easy-to-follow guides so that adults will feel comfortable facilitating these interactive nature lessons.
Take part in CreatureQuest! A fun, place based adventure.
Please navigate the links in the left menu, below "Nature Center," to learn more about the North Mountain Park Nature Center.