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116 Shiawassee River Wetlands Upper Peninsula

ducks in wetland at national wildlife refuge
National Wildlife Refuge
Photo: US Forest Service
state game area wetland
State Game Area

Photo: © Phil Seng
Green point environmental education center
Green Point
Photo: © Phil Seng

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Green Point Environmental Learning Center

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

Wildlife Viewing

nature center
Native wildlflower plantings near the nature center provide
spectacular color and wonderful opportunities to view
butterflies in the spring and summer. Photo: © Phil Seng

Because of its location along the Tittabawassee River corridor in Saginaw, this site is very attractive to many migrating songbirds. Birds that migrate along the river tend to congregate here to rest and feed before continuing their journeys. Mid-May is the peak of the spring warbler migration. Overall, nearly 150 different kinds of birds may be seen at Green Point during the year. More than 2 miles of hiking trails explore the mixed hardwood and bottomland forest. There are 40 tree species found here and some of the individual trees are very old, providing good nesting habitat for squirrels, woodpeckers, and wood ducks. Green Point Environmental Learning Center is owned by the City of Saginaw but operated through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Center has a wildlife viewing room that provides good opportunities for visitors to view songbirds, small mammals, and other wildlife at several feeding stations. A variety of environmental programs are provided throughout the year for school groups, scouts, families, and others. Contact the Center for a list of events and programs. Trails may flood during times of heavy rain. Portions of the National Wildlife Refuge and all of the State Game Area are open to public hunting. Contact the site managers for hunting seasons and regulations. Hunting is not permitted at Green Point Environmental Learning Center.


Directions to Green Point Environmental Learning Center: From M-46 in Saginaw, take Michigan Avenue south to Maple Street. Turn left onto Maple and proceed to the nature center parking lot on the right.

Ownership: City of Saginaw (989) 759-1669

Size: 82 acres

Closest Towns: Saginaw, St. Charles

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