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County Offices will be closed on November 27th & 28th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Giving to the Parks

Thank you for your interest in giving to the parks. Along with many volunteer opportunities, residents and visitors alike can support the parks by donating a table or bench, or by giving to the Nature Education Center Endowment Fund.

Donate a Bench or Table

bench A bench or table is a wonderful way to honor the memory of a loved one, recognize a special person or give a unique gift to the person who has everything.  For a donation of $500 to $1200, Ottawa County Parks will install a bench or table adorned with an inscribed plaque.  Suggested locations for memorial benches include the dune overlook at North Beach Park, near the Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossing and at Connor Bayou.  Certainty, your suggested location can also be discussed.  Contact the parks office at 616-738-4810 for more information.

The Nature Education Center Endowment Fund

tree With school budgets more prudent than ever, many children may not get to experience the joy and wonderment of a field trip to Ottawa County’s Nature Education Center without your donation. Schools needing financial support for a field trip can request grants from the Nature Education Center Endowment Fund to help with expenses. Donations to the fund are also used to purchase educational supplies for the free nature programs offered at the center. Those who donate $500 or more will be acknowledged, if desired, on a Giving Tree displayed prominently inside the Nature Education Center.

Donation Amount

Giving Tree Emblem

$500 to $999 Oak Leaf
$1,000 to $1,499 Acorn
$1,500 to $2,499 Songbird
$2,500 to $9,999 Rock
$10,000 and above Boulder

You may donate to the Nature Education Center Endowment Fund by mail or online via credit card. To make a donation, please follow the directions below. If you have any questions, please call the Parks Office at 616-738-4810. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

  • To donate a check by mail, download and print the donation form. Follow directions on the form.

  • To donate online with a credit card, you will be linked to the web site of either the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation or the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area. Carefully read the directions below, then click on the community foundation of your choice.

Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
There is a minimum donation of $25. On the home page, select "click here to donate." On one of the first pages, you will be asked to select a fund. Under specific fund, enter Nature Center Endowment, then follow the online directions to make a donation.

Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area

There is no minimum donation. On the home page, select "Donate." After you enter the amount of your donation, select the "Update Total" button then follow the online directions. Before you select "Donate Now", be sure to select "Name of Fund" and enter Nature Center Endowment.

Parks Administration Office

Room 267
12220 Fillmore St.
West Olive, MI 49460
Monday - Friday:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Phone: (616) 738-4810
Fax: (616) 738-4812
In Ottawa County:
(888) 731-1001 ext.4810

General Park Hours*

March 1 - October 15
7:00am - 10:00pm
October 16 - February 28
7:00am - 8:00pm
*Some parks close in winter or have hours that vary. Select each park for specific park hours.