Welcome to our outdoor classroom.

The 300+ acre Environmental Study Area (ESA), adjacent to the former home of Henry and Clara Ford, features many natural habitats. These include a mature beech-maple forest, a floodplain forest, an upland mesic forest, meadows, an 8-acre lake, and the Rouge River on its western border.

Please follow these few rules when visiting the ESA. 

  • No biking or jogging on the trails 
  • No dogs in the Natural Areas
  • No fishing
  • No picnicking
  • Areas are open from sunrise to sunset

To learn more about the history of this space, and to track the changes in aerial photographs from 1937 to the present, please visit the ESA Story Map.

 Additional Information can be found by following the links below:

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