Fernwood's 55-acre Nature Preserve is both strikingly beautiful and unusually diverse. A 125-foot drop in elevation has given rise to several natural communities, including dry and wet forests, young second-growth woods, streams and ponds, and a reconstructed tallgrass prairie. Species of endangered or threatened Michigan plants and animals are protected in the preserve.
Trails of varying length provide access to the preserve. Some climb steeply while others offer gentle grades. All are kept simple so visitors remain close to nature. Surfaces are wood-chipped or bare earth, and there are steps on hilly portions and boardwalks over wet areas. Benches provide places to rest and observe the beautiful surroundings.
All of Fernwood's trails are open to visitors during normal public hours. During the school season, several of the lower trails are extensively used by Fernwood's Environmental Studies Program.
Geocaching at Fernwood
With 105 acres of diverse habitats and structures, Fernwood is an ideal place for geocaching! Thanks to the generous help of local geocachers from the GeoCats group, Fernwood is now home to five new and updated geocaches, bringing our total caches to ten. A modern-day scavenger hunt, geocaching involves using a GPS unit to locate hidden caches, or containers. Each one has a clever theme and there are many creative twists on a basic cache. It is an ideal activity for getting out and exploring nature and can be done with people of all ages. If you are interested in placing a cache at Fernwood, please contact naturalist Wendy Jones.
Fernwood PathTags are available in our gift shop for purchase at $5 plus tax. Happy geocaching!