Drayton Plains Nature Center

Drayton Plains Nature Center in Waterford review, pics, hours, and info. Located in the Drayton Woods subdivision, the nature center is situated on 139 acres and includes an interpretive nature center building, fish hatchery ponds, scenic trails, a large pavilion, picnic tables, and grills. Access to the nature center and the grounds is off of Hatchery Rd or Watkins Lake Rd (Both off of Dixie Hwy / M-24). The nature center and grounds are operated and maintained by the Waterford Parks & Recreation Department with support from the Friends of the Nature Center.

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The grounds are very peaceful and a great place to bring kids and pets. You can enjoy the day walking the trails, viewing the ponds, having a picnic, and touring the nature center when open. There is also a cute little gazebo near the nature center to have a seat, take a break and enjoy the fresh air and views. The Nature Center is also a great place for meetings – indoor meeting room rentals are available. No alcohol is allowed on the premises.

The large pavilion is available to rent for parties. To reserve the pavilion or meeting room contact Waterford Parks and Recreation at 248-674-5441.

Occasionally, DPNC will host season events for families. You can follow their Facebook page for updates and announcements.

NOTE – For the 2020 season, the interpretive nature center has been closed, but is typically open from May – September.

Drayton Plains Nature Center
2125 Denby Dr Waterford Township, MI 48329


Park Grounds Hours
October 16-April 14, 7 days a week from 8a-9p
April 15-October 15, 7 days a week from 6a-9p

Nature Center Hours
Open May-September Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10a-5p and Sundays from 1p-5p
Closed for the season October through April

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For more info on the Drayton Plains Nature Center, visit www.waterfordmi.gov/224/Parks-Recreation.

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