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Braun Nature Area

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Address: 1400 Chalmers Dr​, Ann Arbor MI 48104​

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Hours and Rules

Open 6 a.m.-midnight with quiet hours beginning at 10 p.m. Unless otherwise posted per City Council resolution, when a park is closed, no person shall remain in or enter it other than to quietly sit or walk.​ Refer to Chapter 39 of the City of Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances for park regulations and rules. Smoking is prohibited, and dogs must be on leash.​


Braun Nature Area is an undeveloped natural area 10.42 acres in size just east of Huron Parkway Nature Area​. View the Ann Arbor Parks & Nature Areas Map​ for location context. Malletts Creek runs through the park, shortly from where it flows into the Huron River. Wetland plants thrive along the creek which is a major tributary to the river. Many plants and animals call this sub-watershed home. As an urban stream, Mallets Creek faces many challenges, but has seen much attention and restoration work in recent years.​

Access​​​ and Parking ​

Braun has no trails or amenities but it may be accessed from Chalmers Drive​, which is a dirt road that is fairly narrow. Chalmers connects to Huron River Drive to the north, which has no sidewalks or bike lanes, and Washtenaw Avenue to the south which has sidewalks but no bike lanes.

 Public Transportation: The nearest b​​​u​s stop​​​​ is on Washtenaw at Chalmers, about a 5-10 minute walk from the park. ​​Visit The Ride for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide.

​Using a phone? - Click for a GPS Tracker and Wayfinding Map


There are ongoing and limitless opportunities for volunteering and getting engaged with the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services Unit. Natural Area Preservation has volunteer opportunities that support their mission to protect and restore Ann Arbor's natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among within the community. If you are feeling the call to volunteer or give some time, reach out or explore the website above to see what’s upcoming or how to get involved.​​​​

Report a Probl​​em - A2 Fix It

To report any maintenance issues or other problem during your park visit, please report through A2Fix It. When reporting an issue in a park please include location details. There is a details and description section near the end of the request process to help you provide this. In addition, users can utilize the pin (website) or X (mobile app) feature to provide specific location information inside the park. Finally, please consider including a wide angle photo or include background landmarks, which helps staff find and fix the problem.​

Gifts and Do​​nations 

Information on donating to the parks and the Guide to Giving can be found he​re​. For special projects ideas in natural areas, Natural Area Preservation​ staff will guide you and provide project guidelines unique to natural areas.​​​​


Ann Arbor's city parks sit on the ancestral and traditional homelands of several indigenous Native peoples. Read a land acknowledgement​ from the city and learn more about the early history of the land here​.​

Braun Nature Area was donated to the City of Ann Arbor from Ann Arbor Township in 2012.

​Updated November​​ 2022. Email [email protected] for incorrect/outdated information.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​