Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve | Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council

Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve

Fernwood is a special place where people, plants, and nature come together. Beautiful gardens surrounded by forest are tucked into a landscape of 105 acres of cultivated and natural areas along the scenic St. Joseph River valley. Fernwood's nature preserve, with its tall trees, tranquil ponds, abundant springs, and carpets of wildflowers, is a magical place that draws people back again and again. 

Trails provide access to all parts of the preserve, allowing visitors to see a remarkable variety of plants and wildlife. Some trails climb steeply while others offer gentle grades. All are kept simple so visitors remain close to nature. Surfaces are wood-chipped or bare earth, and there are steps on hilly portions and boardwalks over wet areas. Benches provide places to rest and observe the beautiful surroundings. Species of endangered or threatened Michigan plants and animals are protected in the preserve. 

The preserve contains 10 geocaches, making Fernwood an ideal geocaching destination.

The Nature Center building offers displays of area flora and fauna, a bird-viewing station, and nature classes and programs.

The garden trails are paved, but preserve trails are not wheelchair accessible.

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