Two Great Locations, One Organization


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Who We Are

We are one organization with two locations at the University of Michigan. Our mission is to promote environmental enjoyment, stewardship, and sustainability through education, research, and interaction with the natural world.

Earth Words (our blog)

Volunteer Docents Go Virtual

Where there’s an internet connection, there’s a way to share nature engagement. By Christine Chessler-Stull, Volunteer and Membership Coordinator Matthaei-Nichols docents pose for a group photo in mid-February 2020 about a month prior to the COVID closure....

Photo Gallery: Falling in Love with Autumn at Matthaei-Nichols

Something about fall sparks feelings and emotions like those lines in Wallace Stevens's poem "Sunday Morning":        "unsubdued / Elations when the forest blooms; gusty / Emotions on wet roads on autumn nights...." It's a bittersweet time of year as the...

Birds of Matthaei: Photos by John Metzler

Local photographer John Metzler visits Matthaei-Nichols often and in every season. One of his favorite photographic subjects is birds. John has a real talent for discovering the details in nature: leaves, feathers, branches, water, movement. In this series...

Invasive of the Week: Oriental Bittersweet

Last year we reported on oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus), a uniquely noxious invasive woody vine. Today we’re bringing it back for another look, with some ID tips and other details. Oriental bittersweet is found in many different habitats. To...

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