Great Lakes Nature Center


Coming Soon to Macomb County

Nature attraction will focus on conservation of the Great Lakes

The Detroit Zoological Society has selected Macomb County as the home of the Great Lakes Nature Center, which will focus on the water and wildlife of the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Nature Center will be home to a number of Great Lakes fish, including lake sturgeon and paddle fish – which are now extinct in the Great Lakes – and will focus on conservation efforts for these and other endangered species. It will include habitats for native amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, shorebirds, and birds of prey – many of which will have been rescued and deemed non-releasable, such as sandhill cranes – and will also feature a native butterfly garden.

The  Great Lakes Nature Center will provide the community the opportunity for birding, astronomy and citizen science and will offer programs that focus on education, conservation, science and animal welfare as well as the environmental protection and economic importance of North America’s freshwater inland seas.  It will be one of the largest nature attractions of its kind dedicated entirely to the Great Lakes, which hold 21 percent of the Earth’s accessible fresh water.

Macomb County
As stewards of the environment, we have a great responsibility to protect the Great Lakes and the wildlife that inhabit them. Macomb County, with 32 miles of coastline along Lake St. Clair and 31 miles on the Clinton River, is the ideal location for a major waterfront nature center devoted to the natural wonders of the Great Lakes.

Construction on the facility, which will be more than 20,000 square feet, is expected to begin in 2018 and cost at least $10 million. When the nature center opens by the end of 2019, it is estimated that it will welcome, engage and educate 150,000 to 200,000 visitors annually.

This exciting waterfront nature attraction will offer opportunities for family fun and learning, educational programming and community engagement. In addition to being a beautiful and bountiful resource for tourism and recreation in Macomb County, the Great Lakes serve as a major thoroughfare for transportation and trade. The Great Lakes Nature Center will play a significant role in educating the community about protecting this valuable natural resource.

The Great Lakes Nature Center will be primarily funded through private and foundation contributions. In addition, efforts are underway to secure public funding from various environmental departments and agencies. To make a donation, contact Tricia Brosnahan at (248) 336-5728 or