DNR opening Outdoor Adventure Center this month

(WLNS) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is putting the finishing touches on the Outdoor Adventure Center, which will open later in July.

The Outdoor Adventure Center brings Michigan’s great outdoors to an indoor exhibit that’s available no matter the weather. The center’s goal is to “inspire, educate and connect people with Michigan’s rich array of natural resources.”

Inside the center guests can explore a 40-foot-tall interactive tree, a life-size beaver lodge and eagle’s next, a freshwater aquarium, a variety of outdoor recreation vehicles and much more.

Linda Walter, director of the Outdoor Adventure Center says the idea is to inspire people to explore Michigan’s outdoors, through hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and more.

Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources turned the former Globe Building into the new Outdoor Adventure Center. Much of the historical integrity of the building was maintained during construction, including walls of original brick, cast iron and Wellman trusses.


“The Outdoor Adventure Center offers another Pure Michigan, natural resources experience along the Detroit riverfront,” said Keith Creagh, director, Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “With natural resources playing such a vital role in quality of life, families are encouraged to explore the center and then head outside to experience our state’s natural resources, including its many outdoor recreational opportunities along the riverfront right in downtown Detroit.

The Outdoor Adventure Center is located across from William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor in Detroit and will open July 20.

For more information on the Outdoor Adventure Center, visit www.michigan.gov/oac.

Photo gallery: Michigan’s Outdoor Adventure Center

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