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Holliday Preserve

The Holliday Nature Preserve Association (HNPA) was organized in 1988 and consists of volunteers dedicated to the William P. Holliday Forest & Wildlife Preserve.

The Preserve is part of the Wayne County Park system and consists of 500-plus acres of forests and wetlands that runs along tributaries of the Rouge River in Westland, Michigan.

The Preserve a place of beauty and tranquility within the most populous county in our state. Like Arthur Richardson who donated the funds for the Preserve, in memory of his uncle William P. Holliday, we seek to nurture a greater appreciation of this unique local natural resource by hosting walks for families, groups and individuals.

We also work to improve the experience of visitors through Preserve maintenance and improvements conducted in partnership with Wayne County Parks.

We also publish a newsletter three times per year to keep our members and supporters up-to-date on what is going on with our group and the Preserve. We ask a nominal donation of $5 per year for our newsletter. We also are pleased to accept additional funds, which are used to improve the Preserve. But whether or not you decide to join us, all our activities are free and open to all.

The Holliday Forest & Wildlife Preserve is a special place. Come experience it anytime of the year.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 532243
Livonia, MI 48153







Holliday Nature Preserve Association


Take Advantage of our FREE Walks

Our organization offers free walks that last about 90 minutes. All are done at a leisurely pace with time taken to enjoy and learn about the surrounding plants, trees and animals.  We have anywhere from four to 25 people depending on weather and time of year. No reservations are necessary. Just c'mon out!  

Upcoming Activities

Spring Wildflowers Walk
Sat., April 17, 11 a.m. Cowan Section. Central City Parkway, west of Wayne Road, north of Warren Road. Let's look for those first native wildflowers that bring bright colors to the forest. Phil leads this walk.

Earth Day Walk & Work Project
Sat., April 24, 10 a.m. Newburgh Section. Park at entrance on east side Newburgh Road, north of Warren Road. Celebrate Earth Day 2021. Take a short walk into the forest section to find wildflowers, then those who would like to do a bit of work can stay to cut honeysuckle and clean the field.

Rookery Walk
Sat., May 8, 10 a.m. Hix Park Section. Hix Park on west side Hix Road, north of Warren Road. We will take one of the trails that lead into Koppernick section, to check out the rookery of noisy White Egrets and Great Blue Herons, as well as seeing other nature stuff. Phil leads this walk.

Rouge Rescue 2021
Sat., May 15, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Hix Park Section. Hix Park on west side Hix Road, north of Warren Road. See article on Page 2 of our newsletter for details.

Rouge Rescue 2021 Rain Day or Rouge Rescue Part 2
Sat., May 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hix Park Section. Hix Park on west side Hix Road, north of Warren Road. Either a rain day make up for Rouge Rescue or complete our work.

Slow and Simple Walk
Sat., May 29, 10 a.m. Ellsworth Section. Park at Nankin Mills, Hines Dr., east of Ann Arbor Trail. Walking the loop by going in at Ann Arbor Trail, and coming out at new boardwalk.

Something Different/Reverse Walk
Sat., June 12, 10 a.m. Cowan Section. Central City Parkway, west of Wayne Road, north of Warren Road. We will visit the Newburgh section via a different route that crosses the old Nankin Dumpsite. (A “reverse” Newburgh Section walk.) Phil leads this walk.

Note: Our walks last 90 minutes or so. Other event lengths vary, but just stay as long as you can. Check our Facebook page for updates since events subject to change. All events are family friendly. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
Questions? Contact us at HollidayAssociation@hnpa.org or via our Facebook page.

HNPA is following CDC guidelines on mask use and social distancing on walks. Event leaders will have masks should you need one.

Ř NOTE: Our Annual Meeting will be scheduled for later in the year.

Remember to check our Facebook page for updates since everything is subject to change and cancellation.

HNPA is on Facebook

A Note About the Trails...

HNPA is a small group of volunteers who find beauty and value in the Holliday Preserve and work to maintain it as best a small group of volunteers can. That said, please keep in mind:

* Preserve trail system is not always maintained. While Wayne County Parks is doing a lot of work in the Preserve, some of the work you see has been done by volunteers. The boardwalks are generally Eagle Scout projects done in conjunction with HNPA and Wayne County Parks.

* Preserve trail system is not always marked.

* Preserve trail system is not always easy to follow across its length and non-authorized trails can make the trail system more confusing.

* Preserve trail maps do not reflect the true condition of trails or bridges.

Want to help improve the Preserve and its trails? Then please join us!






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