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Whitehouse Nature Center

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A large nature center, with acres of diverse terrain. Former farm fields arebeing rehabilitated into natural areas. The Biology department oversees thisproject, using the nature center as a learning laboratory. The Whitehouse NatureCenter is often advertised in college and city tourism brochures. The center wasnamed in honor of former Albion College president, Dr.William W. Whitehouse.

A view of the 125 acre Whitehouse Nature Center looking toward the Interpretive Building.

Source: Keith Fennimore. The Albion College Sesquicentennial History. Albion, Michigan: Albion College. 1985.

From the Albion College Archives

Whitehouse Nature Center

The Whitehouse Nature Center contains over 130 acres of forest, marsh, river, ponds and pastureland. The College acquired the land through an anonymous gift in 1971-72. There is an Interpretive Center, built in 1977 that includes a bird-watching area with one-way glass and a microphone and speaker system that allows viewers to observe and listen to birds just inches from the feeders. The building has a large deck over the Kalamazoo River.

Whitehouse Nature Center – View of the Kalamazoo, 1987

Named for former president, William W. Whitehouse, the nature center features research areas for biology and environmental studies. There are also miles of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, an arboretum, and some student fish from the footbridge over the river.

The facilities are enjoyed by hundreds of school children who come for field trips, as well as by members of the Albion community. It is a great luxury to have such a facility on the edge of campus.

All photographs are from the Albion College Archives Photograph Files, unless otherwise noted.


Networked Resources

Source: Albion College Archives, 2003 [Downloaded July 3, 2003]

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