Nankin Mills Interpretive Center

Nankin Mills Interpretive Center This is the official page for the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center to share information about the unique natural and historic areas in our park.
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The Nankin Mills Interpretive Center is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Trillium is a perennial flowering plant native to temperate regions of North America and Asia. The plant will bloom from...
05/07/2020

Trillium is a perennial flowering plant native to temperate regions of North America and Asia. The plant will bloom from April-June. Flowers can be white, pink, yellow or purple. The plant comes in ‘threes’: 3 broad leaves on each stalk, 3 small green sepals (protect & support the flower), and 3 large white sepals (petal-like structures) surrounding a group of yellow stamens (the pollen producer). When the flowers mature, they will produce red, brown or purple berries.

Trillium is a favorite food for white-tailed deer, which is why there are not a lot in our local forests. Stay on the lookout for these beautiful plants while you are outside hiking! Our naturalists recently saw one near Nankin Mills!

We want to wish all of the wonderful teachers who have visited Nankin Mills throughout the years a very happy appreciati...
05/05/2020

We want to wish all of the wonderful teachers who have visited Nankin Mills throughout the years a very happy appreciation day! Thank you for all of the work you do, and thank you for choosing us for your field trips and outreaches. We look forward to working with you again in the future!

Keep your eyes open for these wildflowers if you are out walking & enjoying nature!
04/30/2020

Keep your eyes open for these wildflowers if you are out walking & enjoying nature!

Happy Earth Day!!
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day!!

Today is a big day, the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day!!! Back in 1970 a senator from Wisconsin decided that environmental justice needed to be on the front line of importance and decided to dedicate a day to help raise awareness. On April 22nd, 1970 Earth Day was born! For the last fifty years people have been celebrating Earth Day in a variety of ways. From planting trees, to helping bees anything that you do to help the earth is appreciated not only on this day, but every day.

The theme for this year is climate action. You can take part in this theme by going a day without driving your car, going meat free one day a week, or simply buying local. All these things may seem small, but if every person took one small step we can help make a big change! We are not only doing this for ourselves and our planet, but for all generations to come after us!

This year for earth day Crosswinds crews will be cleaning up litter in our neighborhoods and staying out of our cars. What will you be doing to celebrate the earth today?

Here is another animal that people aren’t too fond of. However, they are very helpful to have in your neighborhood!
04/10/2020

Here is another animal that people aren’t too fond of. However, they are very helpful to have in your neighborhood!

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Residents and visitors can subscribe to email notifications of bridge updates, construction and maintenance updates and ...
04/07/2020
Road Construction Updates | Public Services

Residents and visitors can subscribe to email notifications of bridge updates, construction and maintenance updates and news in their communities via waynecounty.com.

Visit the following link to do so: https://www.waynecounty.com/departments/publicservices/roads/road-construction-updates.aspx

Share: Road Construction Updates 2019 Road Construction NewsWayne County's Department of Public Services announced its list of capital improvements projects for the 2019 season. The County will start 30 road construction projects, 10 bridge construction projects and conduct 59 heavy maintenance proj...

While our parks are still open for walking, hiking and biking during COVID-19, visitors are reminded that it is mandator...
04/04/2020

While our parks are still open for walking, hiking and biking during COVID-19, visitors are reminded that it is mandatory to practice responsible social distancing while participating in these activities. Wayne County thanks you all for your cooperation and your efforts in helping to slow the spread.

Happy National Garden Weed Appreciation Day! Most people think of weeds as pests, but some of them are very beneficial! ...
03/28/2020

Happy National Garden Weed Appreciation Day! Most people think of weeds as pests, but some of them are very beneficial!

Weeds grow quickly and their roots can hold soil together to protect the ground from erosion. When weed’s roots decay, they add organic matter to the soil. This also provides tunnels for worms, places for water and air to get deep down, and can help with no-till gardens. Weeds flower often, attracting insects looking for nectar!

Clover is good in gardens to keep rabbits from munching on your cultivated plants. You can also eat clover flowers, or dry it for tea.If you chose to eat the clover, make sure no lawn chemicals have been applied in the area. Clover helps to fertilize the dirt by pulling nitrogen from the air and infuse it into the soil. Clover attracts ladybugs, ground beetles, and lacewing butterflies.

Dandelions are one of the most common, yet beneficial, weeds. They are often found in clay soil, and their deep roots help to loosen up that hard ground. Dandelion roots and blossoms can be eaten raw or cooked. They are a good source of antioxidants and may help with inflammation, immune system support, digestion, and other health benefits.Again, be sure no lawn chemicals have been applied in the area. Dandelions are also fun for kids to make a wish on!

Those Nature People
03/24/2020

Those Nature People

They will be arriving soon! Has anyone seen any yet?

Our toads are getting to know each other better and are cuddling for extra body heat!
03/20/2020

Our toads are getting to know each other better and are cuddling for extra body heat!

We know it doesn’t feel like it, but Happy Spring!! 🌷
03/19/2020

We know it doesn’t feel like it, but Happy Spring!! 🌷

Here is one way to get outside and have fun doing nature activities while the kids are out of school!
03/14/2020

Here is one way to get outside and have fun doing nature activities while the kids are out of school!

Let's get them outside...

In furtherance of the declaration of emergency issued by the Governor, the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center and Parks ad...
03/13/2020
WAYNE COUNTY NON-ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES ON TWO-WEEK PAID FURLOUGH, EVENTS CANCELED FOR 30 DAYS

In furtherance of the declaration of emergency issued by the Governor, the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center and Parks administration office will be closed for two weeks.​​​​​​​ Parks will remain open to the public. All county events will be canceled for 30 days. Events scheduled after April 13 will be re-evaluated as events unfold.​​​​​​​ We apologize for the inconvenience but the health and safety of Wayne County residents and employees take precedent. We know we will see you soon.

Spring has returned a week early to us! We just spotted this red-eared slider basking on a rock outside our window. It s...
03/13/2020

Spring has returned a week early to us! We just spotted this red-eared slider basking on a rock outside our window. It seems that it’s brumation period (hibernation-like state, for cold-blooded animals) is over and it’s trying to soak up some of this nice sunshine! 🐢☀️

Owls are such fascinating creatures! If you love them as much as we do, make sure to check out our Owl Prowl program in ...
03/13/2020
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Owls are such fascinating creatures! If you love them as much as we do, make sure to check out our Owl Prowl program in August!

These owls may wear the same game face, but when it comes to personality, they’re as different as day and night.

Spring is a great time to start looking for salamanders! You can find them in wet, marshy forested areas. Please remembe...
03/11/2020

Spring is a great time to start looking for salamanders! You can find them in wet, marshy forested areas. Please remember to roll the logs back if you flip them over!

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There are 10 more days to drop books off in our lobby!
03/10/2020

There are 10 more days to drop books off in our lobby!

Nankin Mills Interpretive Center in Westland is one of the drop off locations for the book drive!

Forest Web
03/04/2020

Forest Web

Attention scout leaders - our first scout program is next weekend! Call (734) 261-1990 to register or for more informati...
02/28/2020

Attention scout leaders - our first scout program is next weekend! Call (734) 261-1990 to register or for more information.

Spring is rapidly approaching (fingers crossed!) and we often get calls about baby animals. The caption contains some gr...
02/27/2020

Spring is rapidly approaching (fingers crossed!) and we often get calls about baby animals. The caption contains some great information from the DNR on what to do if you come across babies or abandoned animals!

Let’s leave the wildlife wild😉

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I FIND A BABY ANIMAL?

Each spring and summer, we are flooded with calls as people across the state run into a common dilemma – they have come across a baby animal and desperately want to help. The best thing you can do to help, however, is to leave the animal alone. Many animals will hide their young for safety, and they will return. The majority of the time these wild animals do not need our help and it is best for wildlife to remain in the wild.

Many different animals may hide their young for safety. These babies are not abandoned, they simply have been hidden by their mother until she returns.
It is best for wildlife to remain in the wild where the animal will have the best chance for survival. Many baby animals will die if removed from their natural environment.
Some rescued animals that do survive may become used to people and unable to return back to life in the wild.
Animals may not appear or act sick, but may carry diseases or parasites that can be passed on to people or pets.
Wild animals can act unpredictably and can become aggressive, especially as they get older.
Unless you are licensed, it is illegal to possess a live wild animal in Michigan.

CONTACT A LICENSED WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR: https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/dlr/

If you believe the parent is dead or the animal is injured, you can contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator before removing an animal from the wild. Only licensed wildlife rehabilitators may possess abandoned or injured wildlife.

Feathered baby birds may fall from the nest while learning to fly, but their parents will continue to feed and care for them even when they are on the ground.

Touching a baby bird will not cause the adults to abandon it; however, if you move a baby bird, the parents may be unable to find it.

It is better to leave the baby bird alone to be raised by its parents and to learn all it needs to know to survive.

Keep dogs, cats and kids away from the nest or baby birds.

Birds, their nests and eggs are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and must be left alone.

For more info: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79136_79608_83071_86109---,00.html

We know a lot of our friends in the area have snow days today. If you are looking for something fun to do, come visit us...
02/26/2020

We know a lot of our friends in the area have snow days today. If you are looking for something fun to do, come visit us! We are open!

Crosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve
02/25/2020
Crosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve

Crosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve

We always encourage planting native plants around your home and this article explains why.

If you don't have time to read the whole thing, at least consider this from it: "...native oak trees support over 500 species of caterpillars whereas ginkgos, a commonly planted landscape tree from Asia, host only 5 species of caterpillars. When it takes over 6,000 caterpillars to raise one brood of chickadees, that is a significant difference."

https://www.naturalcommunityservices.com/native-landscape-design-blog

Here's a fun nature fact for this beautiful Saturday!
02/22/2020

Here's a fun nature fact for this beautiful Saturday!

In just one month we will be tapping trees for our Maple Sugaring at Cass Benton program! Call (734) 261-1990 to registe...
02/21/2020

In just one month we will be tapping trees for our Maple Sugaring at Cass Benton program! Call (734) 261-1990 to register or for more information!

Nankin Mills Interpretive Center
02/20/2020

Nankin Mills Interpretive Center

Hines Drive is closed this morning to remove some of the large Lightfest displays, but never fear we are open! You can g...
02/15/2020

Hines Drive is closed this morning to remove some of the large Lightfest displays, but never fear we are open! You can get to us by going around the barriers at Ann Arbor Trail & Hines Drive. We'll see you soon!

Happy Valentine's Day! Stay warm today by visiting us!
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day! Stay warm today by visiting us!

We have a lot of 'striped kitties' along Hines. Please don't pet them!
02/13/2020

We have a lot of 'striped kitties' along Hines. Please don't pet them!

Has anybody seen a Northern Cardinal this winter? They don't migrate and their brilliant red color sticks out against th...
02/12/2020

Has anybody seen a Northern Cardinal this winter? They don't migrate and their brilliant red color sticks out against the snow. They are able to survive a Michigan winter due to their diet being mostly seeds!

02/08/2020
Wayne County, Michigan

Come check out our newly renovated center on this cold & snowy Saturday!

Come check out the newly renovated Nankin Mills Interprative Center. Expanded animal habitats. Local wildlife displays. Educational, hands-on activities for all ages.

Address

33175 Ann Arbor Trail
Westland, MI
48185

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone

+17342611990

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Nankin Mills is a historic grist mill that houses interpretive displays highlighting Native American history, water-powered settlements and Underground Railroad history along the Rouge River, and Henry Ford's project to convert mills in southeast Michigan, including Nankin Mills, into Village Industry plants which manufactured car parts. Along with the Rouge River history, exhibits and programs feature nature interpretation of the Rouge River watershed, including live fish, reptile and amphibian displays.

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