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Harris Nature Center Run/Walk Set June 5

If the best way to experience nature is to simply get outside and explore it, an upcoming event is designed to put participants in the thick of the natural world.

The Motivated by Nature fun run/walk set for 6-8 p.m. June 5 at the Harris Nature Center, allowing guest to enjoy the mixed forest of the 48-acre park at 3998 Van Atta Road in Okemos.

“This run/walk is unique because it’s about the journey — enjoying the abundant nature that surrounds the 2.25-mile trail loop through Harris Nature Center,” said Nicky Dudgeon, Harris Nature Center Foundation board member and event organizer. “It’s perfect for individuals of all ages, and it’s ideal for families.”

After Motivated by Nature participants cross the finish line, there will be refreshments and live music by rising country singer/songwriter Jessey Adams, a mid-Michigan native who just returned from recording in Nashville.

Proceeds from the event go to the foundation to help fund the Harris Nature Center’s Nature Exploration Area expansion and for bus scholarships that enable students in Greater Lansing to attend the center’s educational programs.

The Harris Nature Center offers environmental activities and outdoor recreation opportunities that focus on protecting, promoting and interpreting the Red Cedar River. Park amenities include a half-mile of paved trail, several miles of natural trails, the River Overlook, the Nature Exploration Area and the new handicapped-accessible observation deck with three commercial binocular stands. The Nature Building provides interpretive exhibits, nature murals by local artists and displays of live Michigan wildlife. A pavilion is available for event rental. Meridian Township staff offer environmental programs for Lansing-area students and the public.

Registration for Motivated by Nature is $25. Details can be found at

Pictured: The most iconic structure of the Harris Nature Center Nature Exploration Area is the 8-foot-long, 6-foot-high, brightly colored cement turtle that young and old can climb over, under and through. It is by sculptor Doug DeLind of Mason.