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Fox Science Preserve

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Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP)

Fox LandscapeThe Fox Science Preserve - a former gravel pit - offers a rare opportunity to explore the geology of the region.  Ancient table-sized glacial boulders of granite, tillite, gneiss, and limestone are scattered around the base of the former pit.  Keep your eye out for fossils in the limestone boulders.

Untouched for almost 40 years, the land surface here  resembles the landscape that was revealed upon the retreat of the glaciers some 12,000 years ago.  In places where plants have started to become established, mosses, prairie grasses, goldenrods, asters, and shingle oaks grow on the developing soils.

Fox Science Preserve was purchased in 2007. Preservation of this property was a collaborative effort between the City of Ann Arbor Greenbelt Program, Scio Township, and the Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP).  In 2009, a 20 acre addition purchased by NAPP brought the total protected area to 69 acres. 

Directions:  From I-94: Exit #169 (Zeeb Road), northbound. Turn right onto Miller Road, then left onto Peters Road. Entrance is on the east side of Peters Road, approximately 0.3 miles north of Miller Road.

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Fox Science Preserve


Acres: 69
Established:  2007
Trail Map (PDF)
Interactive Map
Trail Length:  .5 miles

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