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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

Our Spring 2020 newsletter is only online. No print copies.  Here is our upcoming activity schedule. Please check our Facebook page for updates since everything is subject to change and cancellation.

Ø 50th Anniversary Earth Day BUT NO ACTIVITY
Wed., April 22

Although this is the golden anniversary of Earth Day and we’d normally celebrate with a nature walk followed by a cleanup and improvement project, this year the Governor’s order and common sense dictate that we don’t.  However, we invite you to get outside and clean up your home and neighborhood, and perhaps make improvements around your home that will help the earth (like build a rain garden or install a rain barrel).   

Ø Wildflower Walk
Sat., May 9, 10 a.m., Koppernick Section
Parking along road near entrance, Koppernick Rd. is west of Hix Rd. and north of Joy Rd. 
Flower list provided.  Slow walk along the trail allowing us to enjoy native wildflowers and the many trees. Walk occurs rain or shine but depends on state restrictions.

Ø Rouge Rescue
Saturday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. registration. Hix Section.
Parking along entrance road, west side Hix Road, north of Warren Road.
We coordinate in the Preserve on behalf of Friends of the Rouge.  Lots of projects, including removing trash; moving floating wood; cutting/stacking invasive honeysuckle shrubs; or removing trash from floodplain.  Dress to get dirty (long pants, long sleeved shirt). Gloves, tools, water, cleanup station, and first aid kit provided.


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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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