Raven Hill is Re-Opening!

After closing in March of 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Raven Hill Discovery Center is planning to re-open on Saturday, April 17, 2021, assuming that state and local guidelines allow. Raven Hill is committed to protecting the health and safety of guests, volunteers and staff, so visitor numbers and time spent indoors will both be limited and by appointment only. Visitors will be asked to mask and socially distance inside and out. The indoors will become a one-way “eyes-only” series of exhibits, including displays of skulls, fossils, petrified wood and much more! Visitors will find a few familiar hands-on exhibits remaining on display, like the generator bikes, marimba, and kaleidoscopes.

The Center has been working to “move” the concept of hands-on exhibits outside, so that Raven Hill can reopen safely and meet its mission to provide a place that enhances hands-on and lifelong learning for all ages by connecting science, history & the arts. Thanks to grant awards from the Baiardi and Charlevoix County Community Foundations, preliminary work has already begun on a half-mile Connections Trail with hands-on learning stations spaced out along it. The pathway is laid out; artists have begun to design and build some of the learning stations; and the fundraising continues.

The Connections Trail, with its 40 new & existing stations will allow visitors to enjoy hands-on science, history & art activities in an open-air setting. The new trail will parallel the existing Taxi Trail and together the two trails will be ideal learning resources—dedicated to nurturing informal education, while encouraging the mental & physical health of visitors.

To reserve a date and time to visit Raven Hill or for information on other programs, such as outreach, field trips and summer camps, please call 231.536.3369 or email Be sure to check in by phone, email or the website (, prior your scheduled visit, to make sure that the Center is able to be open.

Raven Hill Discovery Center is a unique place in northern Lower Michigan where children and adults can link science, history & the arts with hands-on activities and explorations both inside and out. For 30 years, connections have emerged through exhibits, facilities & programs that provide opportunities for all ages to learn, create, grow & play.