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Sterling Heights Nature Center

Summertime is the best time to get outside and enjoy all that Metro Detroit has to offer by way of Nature Centers and Playgrounds. We made our way out to the Sterling Heights Nature Center to check out their newly renovated space.  WOW.. it is amazing.

The front door opens to an atrium which is set up to be an open habitat for turtles, fish and frogs.  Look carefully and see if you can spot all the free-range animals in this section.  In addition to the live animals, there are a couple of animals that have been stuffed. Check out our video on Facebook from the Sterling Heights Nature Center.

Here is what you can expect to see in the atrium at the Sterling Heights Nature Center, turtles

Frogs.. up close and personal.
Sterling Heights Nature Center

A pond full of fish and turtles.

A seventy seat auditorium is the perfect place for a nature presentation, birthday party,  school field trip or meeting.

Sterling Heights Nature Center

The exhibit room provides plenty of learning opportunities for children.

Magnifying glasses and binocular for up-close viewing.

Live and mounted animals provide children with the opportunity to see animals up close.

Beyond the nature center building, guests can venture outside and walk the miles of paths that wind over and near the Clinton River.

Sterling Heights Nature Center

Just over the bridge is Clinton River Park North which hosts a  wonderful playground with slides, climbing elements and swings.  The park also has walking paths, picnic areas and parking.

Sterling Heights Nature Center

Sterling Heights Nature Center

Sterling Height Nature Center

The Sterling Heights Nature Center is located on Utica Road, between old Van Dyke and M-53 (Van Dyke Expressway) in Sterling Heights.
42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(586) 446-2710


Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. (Summer hours)
Check their website for updated hours.

Birthday Parties at the Nature Center
The Nature Center hosts parties on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for up to twenty children. Included in the cost are a live amphibian/reptile presentation and an indoor scavenger hunt. A deposit of $20 is required to secure your date. For more information, please call the Nature Center at (586) 446-2710.

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