Newport Creek Nature Area is a small one-acre wooded nature area in the far northwest of Ann Arbor, just west of Newport Road and north of M-14. View the
Ann Arbor Parks & Nature Areas Map for location context. Occasionally, visitors may encounter a city park with no trails – as is the case at Newport Creek Nature Area. These natural areas represent a unique recreation and conservation feature of the city’s park system. In these relatively few spaces across the city, off-trail exploration is encouraged – a rare opportunity to meander through a wild space in our urban context. Visitors are also invited to reflect on the conservation value and biodiversity of these spaces, where the Parks & Recreation’s Natural Area Preservation staff work to steward, restore and inventory the natural communities throughout the city’s parks.
Newport Creek Nature Area contains a variety of small animals, birds and flowers. It is undergoing restoration efforts by the staff and volunteers of the Natural Area Preservation Program to remove non-native invasive plants. Not far from Newport Creek are Skyline High School,
Bird Hills Nature Area,
Riverwood Nature Area, and
White Oak Park.