For Visitors

ESA The ESA is a Nature Sanctuary

Thousands of visitors annually enjoy the native wildlife from over two miles of maintained nature trails or just the serenity of a walk in the woods. The ESA's various ecological habitats are home to many native animals like deer, wild turkeys, turtles, frogs, and mink. Walk quietly and see who joins you on your journey!

Please be respectful - this is their home after all! View our Trail Map, and don't forget to  Sign up for our eNewsletter for the latest updates including tales from the trails. 

Guided Outdoor Learning Activities

With a variety of events, from seasonal nature walks to bird walks, owl prowls and the annual Maple tree tapping/Maple syrup program in late winter/early spring, the EIC staff invite you to experience the many wonders of nature.  View all of our latest Education and Programs

Interactive Tree Trail

Shagbark Hickory
Shagbark Hickory

The first peoples already tapped into the natural resources provided by various trees species found in this area. They used the bark and fruits for medicinal purposes and the wood and thorns for various applications. Explore the interpretive trail on The Hidden Benefits of Trees throughout history along the west side of Fair Lane Lake.  Scan the QR code on the introductory signs and access the online StoryMap on your smartphone. 

Seasonal Scavenger Hunt Resources for Families

  • Think Spring Scavenger hunt -  People of all ages can enjoy this simple scavenger hunt.  How many items can you find out in the study area?
  • Bird Walk Scavenger Hunt - This scavenger hunt is a bit more of a challenge.  Bring a helpful bird identifier book or phone app to help you find these feathered friends!

Parking Information

  • The Environmental Interpretive Center is located on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn).
    • The Center is on the corner of Fair Lane Drive and Monteith Boulevard. 
    • Our address is 4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128
  • All personal vehicles must be parked on the third floor of the Monteith Parking Structure, located next to the Campus support services building. 
  • The parking fee has been waived for the academic year 2022-23. 
  • A bus lane is available for loading/unloading directly in front of our building.
  • More information about parking on campus.