On Saturday, I had the opportunity to explore the Sarett Nature Center in Benton Harbor, MI, on the way to the the St. Joseph Reindog Parade. (Yes, as the name suggests, the Reindog Parade is a parade of dogs dressed in reindeer and holiday costumes leading Santa and Ms. Claus into downtown St. Joe.)
I had never been to the Sarett Nature Center before, and it was a great place to walk around. There are eight miles of trails that wind through bluffs, wetlands, prairie, and forest. We started on the River Trail – a mile-long path to a river lookout point. Most of the walk was through wetlands where we walked over boardwalks and bridges to get to our destination. It was a great place to watch birds – we saw a ton – and we also saw evidence of both hawks and owls. We finished with two smaller loops – the Gentian Trail and Tamarack Trail – that took us through more marshes and past several ponds.
In addition to a variety of trails, Sarett also has a tree top viewing platform that overlooks the park and a great nature center that hosts many events. You can see turtle, snakes, rabbits, and other animals up close in the nature center. In the summer, there’s also a large butterfly house. It would be a great place to bring children.
I highly recommend Sarett for the nature enthusiast, or for anyone who simply enjoys a scenic walk.