StoryWalks

The Spring and summer StoryWalk schedule is up through June! Pages from a featured book will be posted along a path at one of the parks listed below for your family to read together. Stories are available during park hours. Registration not required;  For more...

Public Observatory

Update June 30, 2022 Check out progress on construction of the Public Observatory at Hemlock Crossing County Park in West Olive, MI. The local club who will be operating the telescope, the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association is working hard to install and...

Superhero vision thanks to public health

Eli King was nine years old when he went for a routine school vision screening at Grand Haven Public Schools. His mother, Kali, described the then-3rd grader as fun-loving and active. At the time, she said he showed no signs of vision loss, so she was surprised when...

Poison Hemlock

What is poison hemlock? Poison hemlock is an invasive flower that was planted in gardens and is now spreading across Michigan. It lives only two years (biennial), but each plant can produce up to 38,000 seeds. Is it dangerous? Poison hemlock can be lethal if handled...

GVSU / Jenison High School Research

What's the scoop? Ottawa County Parks and Recreation has been working with Karina White, a biology and A.P. environmental science teacher from Jenison High School (JHS), for almost a decade through the Adopt-A-Park program.  When White decided to attend Grand Valley...

Red Pine Management

Pigeon River Greenway Red pine (Pinus resinosa) is one of the most common pine trees in Michigan. There are over 1.6 million acres of red pine forests in our state, and despite being at the very southern range of this northern pine, Ottawa County hosts its fair share....
Public Observatory

Public Observatory

Update June 30, 2022 Check out progress on construction of the Public Observatory at Hemlock Crossing County Park in West Olive, MI. The local club who will be operating the telescope, the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association is working hard to install and...

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National Trails Day

National Trails Day

Celebrate the American Hiking Society’s #NationalTrailsDay with Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Millions of people have found physical, mental, and emotional restoration on trails and in quality green space during the pandemic. Let’s return the favor as a...

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