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
Marshall Nature Area was sold to the City of Ann Arbor in 1966 by Dr. Mark Marshall and Lois Marshall, for use as a park. The homestead of the Marshall family remained as a caretaker's house for many years until 1996. This house was in the oak grove next to the parking area. Parts of the park were once grazed fields. The remnants of a pine plantation can be found on the north end of the park.
In 2022, the Dixboro Road Pathway was completed. This path links the park's main entrance to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, the Botanical Gardens Trail, and further south, to the
Read Natural Area Preservation newsletters highlighting Marshall Nature Area:
1996 Park Focus: Marshall Nature Area
2008 Park Focus: Marshall Nature Area by Shira Diem, Anna Shipley, and Jason Tallant