Environmental Interpretive Center building

Promoting Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Interpretive Center

We are the gateway to the 120-acre Environmental Study Area that is accessible to the university, school groups, and the public.

The EIC building is open from 9:00am - 3:00pm Monday through Friday and the Environmental Study Area is open from sunrise to sunset.

eicThank You

to all of the supporters of the EIC who made our Fundraising Event, Continuing the Vision: An Interactive Experience to Benefit the Environmental Interpretive Center (14 April 2023 at Fair Lane: Home of Clara and Henry Ford) a success.  We are also grateful to the many volunteers who helped with the planning and with the event itself. 

Sponsors of 2023 EIC Fundraising Event




We offer a wide range of upcoming events and programs that provide everyone with the opportunity to connect with and appreciate nature. Discover what's happening next at the Environmental Interpretive Center. 

Young Naturalist Program

Summer Young Naturalist Program

Monday - Thursday 9:30 am -12 noon
Ages 7-9: July 17-20 
Ages 10-11: July 10-13

Let your child explore the great outdoors and learn about nature with our Summer Young Naturalist Program. Led by UM-Dearborn student interpreters, this science-oriented program provides hands-on learning in a beautiful natural setting. Your child will have the opportunity to discover the wonders of pond life, birds, insects, spiders, frogs, and turtles. The program fee is $60. Register online

childrens garden

Children's Gardening Program

From 6-7:30pm on select Tuesdays: 5/30, 6/6, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 8/1, 8/15, 8/29

Children ages 6-8 are invited to participate in another exciting season of gardening at the campus Community Organic Garden. The children will directly experience the joys of gardening as they plant, tend, and harvest their own vegetables. The gardeners will also have fun exploring soil, worms, composting, garden creatures, and pollination.

The cost of this program is $40 and children must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all eight program sessions. Register online.


Nature Walks for Mental Health 

On the first and third Wednesdays of the month, May-August, at 5pm.
Dates: May 3, May 17, June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16

You're invited to join us on 45-minute walks through the forest guided by EIC naturalist Alexis Kott with brief meditations focusing on mental health guided by a UM-Dearborn Mental Health and Wellness Peer Educator. Also, Planet Blue Ambassador and UM-Dearborn Sustainability Coordinator Grace Maves will provide us with opportunities to focus on environmental sustainability.

We will meet in front of the Environmental Interpretive Center, rain or shine, please dress appropriately for the weather. Everyone is welcome to attend, and each time you attend you will be entered into a raffle to win a prize on August 16.

For more information, you may contact ankott@umich.edu. 


2023 Pollinator Photo Contest

The Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is once again sponsoring its annual Pollinator Photo Contest. The Center will accept photo entries from June 1 - September 30. Learn more about contest rules and information, or submit a photo.

Video recording of "Rouge River Revived"

The EIC and the Friends of the Rouge hosted a panel discussion on November 16th with co-authors of the newly released book Rouge River Revived: How People Are Bringing Their River Back to Life.