DeGraaf Nature Center
The DeGraaf Nature building has been refurbished complete with a brand-new, safer entrance and driveway, new lighting, signage, new parking lot and sidewalks and picnic/outdoor classroom pavilion. The project was made possible with funding through grant, public and private donations and the Municipal Capital Improvement Fund. degraaf.org
In October long-time DeGraaf Director, Rob Venner retired. In exploring new opportunities for the Nature Center, the City and Outdoor Discovery Center (ODC) Network formed a partnership. As of December 1st, the ODC Network took over management and operations of DeGraaf Nature Center. The staff has become a part of the ODC team and the name, DeGraaf Nature Center, will not change. The ODC Network will facilitate programming and manage all operations of DeGraaf.