The Wakelin McNeel Nature Center

Educators, students, and visitors of all ages are invited to discover a variety of outdoor education and recreation opportunities at Neithercut Woodland.

In addition to educational course work and field trips in disciplines ranging from biology to geology, art, and music, the woodland and its self-guided trails can be used for outdoor activities such as hiking and snowshoeing.

CMU's Neithercut Woodland offers diverse habitats for formal and informal conservation education, environmental interpretation, and outdoor recreation. These habitats include:

  • Various aged hardwood forests
  • Cedar and shrub swamps
  • Fields and meadows
  • Conifer plantations
  • Beaver flowages
  • A creek and vernal ponds

Teachers may choose to initiate self-directed learning projects or seek cooperative ventures with CMU faculty, staff, or students. Educators are encouraged to inquire about developing effective and interesting outdoor education experiences at Neithercut Woodland.

The Wakelin McNeel Nature Center is an inviting lodge for area groups, organizations, and businesses to hold workshops, classes, retreats, and seminars. This 1,900-square-foot cedar log building is handicapped-accessible and comfortably accomodates 50 people. A massive stone fireplace and electric heat warm the facility for winter uses. The center contains a main meeting room, laboratory, restrooms, kitchenette, and storage facilities. Plant and animal reference collections, a small library, and necessary supplies and equipment are also available for your use.

There is no fee to use the Wakelin McNeel Nature Center, however, donations are most welcome. If you have questions, would like someone to make a presentation or need permission to use equipment, please contact the Biology Department office at (989) 774-3227.

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