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Harris Nature Center Foundation fun run/walk June 5 highlights nature, recognizes Global Running Day

The public is invited to Motivated by Nature an adventure run/walk through the forest of Harris Nature Center on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 6-8 p.m. The run/walk is on a 2.25-mile loop — a mix of paved and natural trails — that provides the ideal opportunity to immerse the participate in nature. It celebrates Global Running Day. The worldwide designation encourages people of all ages and abilities to get moving and take strides toward healthier and more active lives. The 48-acre Harris Nature Center park is at 3998 Van Atta Rd., Okemos, MI 48864.

Courtesy Photo Harris Nature Center -Turtle.jpg — The most iconic structure of the HNC Nature Exploration Area is the 8 foot long, 6 foot high, brightly colored cement turtle that young and old can climb over, under and through. It is by sculptor Doug DeLind of Mason. 

The event highlights the trails and nature of Harris Nature Center and the work of the foundation and its unique private-public relationship with the park that is owned, maintained and operated by Meridian Township.Proceeds benefit the foundation and its support of Harris Nature Center’s programs to educate and feature the Red Cedar River.

REGISTRATION is at $25. Details are at The run is followed by a lively celebration featuring singer/songwriter Jessey Adams.        


About-Harris Nature Center Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to provide a source of funding for special projects to enhance the facilities and programs of Harris Nature Center.Harris Nature Center is a 48-acre park within Meridian Riverfront Park. It is operated by Meridian Township. HNC offers environmental activities and outdoor recreation opportunities that focus on protecting, promoting and interpreting the Red Cedar River. It is the only nature center in Mid-Michigan dedicated to the preservation of the Red Cedar River.Park amenities include a half-mile of paved trail, nearly six miles of natural trails, the River Overlook, Nature Exploration Area and the new handicapped-accessible observation deck with three commercial binocular stands. The Nature Building provides interpretive exhibits, nature murals by local artists, and displays of live, native Michigan wildlife. A pavilion is available for event rental. Meridian Township staff members offer educational programs for Lansing-area students and the public.  

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