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Recreation in Nature Areas

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Wildlife
Wildlife viewing is one activity that can be enjoyed in many of our parks and natural areas.  Check out our birds brochure (pdf) for a checklist of the breeding birds of Ann Arbor, or our coyote factsheet (pdf) to learn more about these creatures.  You can also join our bird and herp surveying efforts. Learn about the seasonal Safe Passage Great Lakes Days to help protect migrating birds.

Trails
Something wrong with a trail?  Is a tree fallen, has the trail been washed out, or are you just plain not sure where the trail is?  Drop us an email at nap@a2gov.org or give us a call at 734-794-6627!

Dogs in the Parks
Dogs are required to be on leash in all City parks, with the exception of Olson (pdf) and Swift Run, which have specific areas set aside for off-leash play.  More information about Ann Arbor's dog parks are available here. Please refer to Chapter 107 of the City of Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances for more information about the terms of the requirement.

Why do we require dogs to be on leash in parks?

  • Wildlife may not survive an encounter with a free-roaming dog. Even a very friendly and obedient dog may innocently destroy the homes of ground-nesting birds or stress smaller mammals.
  • Keeping your dog on designated trails helps prevent erosion and destruction of trailside plants.
  • Many park visitors feel scared when they are approached by free-roaming dogs.
  • Dog feces are an unpleasant experience for all park visitors. With up to 100 dogs per day visiting some parks, they disrupt the natural balance of the ecosystem by adding excess nutrients to the environment. (For more information about the impact excess nutrients can have on park ecosystems, please see our "Park Neighbors and Yard Waste" factsheet here (pdf).)

Rules to Remember

  • Please stay on trails.
  • Do not collect plants or other materials.
  • Do not litter.
  • Do not erect structures.
  • Keep pets on a leash.
  • No camping.

Activities Requiring Permits
In an effort to keep Ann Arbor's natural areas healthy, some activities have a permitting process.  If you're interested in these activities please contact us!

Geocaching Placement Guidelines and Permit 

Park and Natural Area Brochures and Maps
Information regarding a few selected natural areas can be found in these brochures:  

Bandemer Park & Argo Nature Area (pdf)
Barton Nature Area (pdf)
Bird Hills Nature Area (pdf)
Cedar Bend Nature Area (pdf)
Dicken Woods Nature Area (pdf)
Furstenberg Nature Area (pdf)
Huron Hills Golf Course Woods (pdf)

Bird Hills, Barton, Camp Hilltop, Kuebler-Langford, Sunset Brooks, and Argo connection map - North Central Area (pdf)

For more information on visiting any of Ann Arbor's parks or natural areas, please visit the city's Parks and Recreation site.  Here you will find a map showing all of the parks and natural areas, a short description and list of features for each area, and links to maps of each area which show trails. For further information on programming in the parks, such as classes, canoeing, and other activities, please click here.  

​​Natural Area Preservation
Office:
3875 E. Huron River Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.794.6627

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Dave Borneman
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Tina Stephens
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Becky Gajewski
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Michael Hahn
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