Grand Rapids Camera Club

May 2017 Field Trip

Field Trip to Odybrook Nature Sanctuary


May 6, 2017 at 08:00 AM


GRCC Spring Flower Field Trip and Shoot

Saturday, May 6, 2017  8 a.m. - noon

RAIN DATE is the following Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary

13010 Northland Dr., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

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Cost: FREE for GRCC members

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 8 a.m. - about noon, GRCC  will hold a half day field trip/nature walk and photography expedition at Ranger Steve Mueller's Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Ranger Steve's property is criss-crossed with trails and is home to more than 250 plant species, 24 mammal, 11 herps, 51 butterflies, and over 100 bird species. The wildflowers should be at peak at this time.  Large patches of Large-flowered Trilliums and Nodding Trillium will be blooming. Jack-in- Pulpit, Sharp-lobed hepaticas, May-apple, Wild Ginger, Narrow-leaved Spring Beauties, Trout Lilies, and a variety of violets should also be abundant. Interpretive signage lines the 1.5 miles of trails. Ranger Steve will give us an overview and you will have an opportunity to photograph the beauty of nature in his backyard.

Bring your camera  (macro lenses are best for close up images of flowers, but 18-135mm, or even 70-200mm zooms can also be a good choice, even better if they have a macro capabilities), a tripod, and a cable release if you have one. You may want your flash for fill. There can be low light or lots of shadows in the forest! Also recommended is a plastic garbage bag to kneel or sit on. The ground can be wet in the spring! Mosquito repellant is also highly recommended.

Directions to Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary

From Grand Rapids: Drive north on US 131 to exit 101 (M-57). Exit and turn east (right), travel about one mile to the traffic signal and turn north (left) onto Northland Drive. Travel North 1.75 miles and park at V&V Nursery west of the road just north of the bridge over Little Cedar Creek. Ody Brook is located east of the road in the woods. Use the 13010 driveway (just south of the guardrail and creek) for limited handicap parking. 

One can also drive north on the East Beltline from Grand Rapids to Ody Brook. The road name changes to Northland Drive but it is the same road as the East Beltline. 

From West or North: Drive east to US 131 from Muskegon or south on US 131 from Big Rapids. At US 131 Exit 104 and proceed east to the Cedar Spring Traffic light one mile east on 17 Mile road. Turn right at the light and travel 1.5 miles south to V&V Nursery to park. The sanctuary is across the road. 

Day of Event contact phone: 616-446-7573