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Thayer's Corner Nature Area is one of the unique and beautiful parks in Northville Township. Located on the outskirts of the community, it provides the look and feel of "up north Michigan." Available to community residents are trails for walking, hiking or horseback riding, community gardens, picnic benches, and wildlife.
There is now a new picnic shelter with stone fireplace. The nature area is available for community events and can be scheduled for a small fee by contacting us. Thayer's Corner Nature Area has been developed as a "labor of love" by the Friends of Thayer's Corner Nature Area and is financed by Northville Township. We invite residents to enjoy the park, walk the trails or plant a garden, but ask that you leave only your footprints.
The Historic Barn and Picnic Shelter are available on our website on the Rental Information page. The historic barn and picnic shelter can be rented for birthday parties, showers, or other special events and MUST BE scheduled in advance.
The attached video was made at Thayer's Garden in 2015. It was a picture taken by one of our gardeners every week and the yield that corresponded to that week. Thank You!
Friends of Thayer’s Corner Nature Area is offering a gardening camp for kids and teens (10+) at Thayer’s Corner Nature Area (8250 Napier Road). The adventure includes planting and nurturing a garden as well as receiving nutritional guidance and cooking classes incorporating their produce, led by a registered dietitian. Participants will plant, nurture and harvest their produce, learning about their nutritional value and preparation strategies along the way. This will be a lifelong learning experience that will guide them to an appreciation for nature, healthy eating habits, wellness and friendships.
The camp will begin Wednesday, 5/17/17, with an organizational meeting at 6pm at Thayer’s Corner Nature Area. The camp will end on 10/1/17. There will be weekly gardening sessions, plus five nutrition/cooking sessions.
The camp is limited to 20 participants at a cost of $150/person. Participants can expect a total of 15 weekly sessions (weather permitting), plus 5, two-hour nutritional/cooking sessions. The 20 participants will be broken into teams of five persons, with each team tending the garden once/week from 10am-noon. All participants will plant the garden on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, weather permitting, from 10am – 2pm.
Marvin was born and raised in New York city. His parents divorced when he was two and he was raised by his mother until age 11, when she passed away. Therafter, until he married, Marv lived with his paternal grandmother and aunt, leaving him with fond memories of their bread pudding.
Marjorie Banner and Marv Gans, Northville Township Treasurer and Trustee respectively, were awarded the “Keep Michigan Beautiful” Presidents Award at a ceremony in Kalamazoo, MI, on Friday, October 21, 2016. The Award was presented to “Thayer’s Corner Nature Area” for meeting Keep Michigan Beautiful’s objectives, including “projects that involve environmental clean-up, historical preservation, site beautification and restoration, native species protection and environmental educational programs for children and adults.”
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