Ford Nature Center in Mill Creek MetroParks is reopening on Earth Day, April 22, 2023 from 10:30am-5:00pm.
The completed redevelopment project was designed to improve, enhance, and expand the Ford Nature Center to better serve the community’s nature education needs. The project successfully preserved the historic and physical attributes of this facility while adding both indoor and outdoor educational opportunities. Reconfiguration and expansion of interior spaces has increased public programming and educational opportunities with new interactive exhibits, interchangeable displays, and interpretive signage. Accessibility throughout the facility has been improved and new public spaces have been added.
New features within the building include a nature exhibit hall, history room, bird observation room, gift shop, educator offices and new restrooms. Features throughout the grounds include a rooftop garden with porch seating, native wildflower meadow, outdoor classrooms, amphitheater seating, an improved Axtman Trail for All People, as well as improved parking and pedestrian/trail facilities. In addition, the previous carriage house was renovated to include two multi-use classrooms. The features of the renovated Ford Nature Center create a destination that caters to all ages and user groups.