BioBlitz Featured Location: Ann Arbor Parks
Explore the variety of nature in Ann Arbor at select parks.
Bird Hills Nature Area
1850 Newport Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48103
The unpaved trails wind through hills and ravines covered with beech, sugar maple, flowering dogwood, oaks, hickory, and various spring wildflowers.
Black Pond Woods Nature Area
1905 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48105
The park features trails winding through the woods of oak, hickory, maple, and dogwood. The titular Black Pond is a vernal, or seasonal, pond that supports a variety of wildlife.
Furstenberg Nature Area
2626 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor MI 48105
Most of the park’s border lies along the Huron River. The park contains wetlands, woodlands, prairie, and oak savanna.
Mary Beth Doyle Park
3500 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48108
More than half of the park is a wooded natural area that has trails meandering throughout Mallets Creek.
Oakwoods Nature Area
3100 Barclay Way, Ann Arbor MI 48105
The environment is dominated by mature oak and hickory trees. Several small ponds surrounded by wetlands make it a great spot for bird watching or listening for frog calls in the spring.
Argo Park & Nature Area
750 Longshore Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105
The unpaved trail runs the length of the park along the river and travels through two types of woods -- in the southern half you’ll find more basswood and willow, in the northern half you’ll see black oak and shagbark hickory plus more spring wildflowers.
Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area
3801 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor MI 481038
Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area contains a diverse wetland and a wooded area. The wetlands are great areas to look for birds, facilitated by many bird boxes throughout the park. The wetlands also support a sizable population of reptiles and amphibians.
Marshall Nature Area
3355 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48105
Most of Marshall Nature Area is wooded with some open fields. Much of the forested area is open with mixed hardwoods such as oak, hickory, maple, and beech.
Dolph Nature Area
465 S Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48103
One of Ann Arbor's most beautiful parks, its ecosystem includes open water, wetland, and marsh habitat, as well as forest and shrubland. The park is home to First and Second Sister Lakes, the only naturally formed kettle lakes in Ann Arbor. The floating vegetation mat on First Sister Lake comprises the only bog in Ann Arbor's parks system.
Barton Nature Area
1010 W. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor 48103
Barton is a matrix of old fields, dry prairie, wet meadows and shrubland, mesic forests, and emergent marsh.
- Becky Hand, Stewardship Specialist, Natural Area Preservation, City of Ann Arbor
Ages: Elementary school age, Middle school age, High school age, Over 21 years only
- Plant and Animal Sciences
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Date/Time: This is a self-guided experience.
Dolph Nature Area
465 South Wagner Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103