The Nature Trail Walk down the Riverwalk will be a time of discovering the special and unique plants, birds, geology, animals and other natural features that appear, in season, to trail walkers. Your guide for the Trail Walk will be nature enthusiast, Cal Lamoreaux.
Cal is outdoorsman at heart and interested in all aspects of nature. He learned how to identify poison ivy at age 4. Cal is a member of Michigan, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and National Audubon societies; a member of the Michigan Botanical Club, and one of the founders of the Thornapple Trail Association. Additionally, Cal is the founder of the Michigan Paddling Council a member of the North Country Trail Association, and the American Volkssport Association. Cal is also a retired high school teacher, engineer, marine mechanic, and “starving artist”. As a hobby, Cal likes to place and find geocaches. There are 1,050 geocaches around Middleville.
The Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail has been called the most beautiful railtrail in Michigan since much of it follows and offers many views of the Thornapple River. It is the product of years of efforts by many people. Work continues to connect Grand Rapids with Hastings, Vermontville, and Eaton Rapids, a distance of over 40 miles, and to link this Trail with other trails in West Michigan.
If you would like to download a checklist of plants and animals you might see during your nature walk, you can do so here.