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It’s been a looooooooooonnnnnng winter, comrades. So your intrepid Daily Detroit team was intrigued to see a new sign outside the former Palmer Park Golf Course HQ announcing that something called the Detroit Exploration and Nature Center was coming to our favorite local park.

On this episode, we stop by the still-nascent nature center and walk deep into the heart of the Detroit wilderness with naturalist Jac Kyle, a recreation instructor with the city of Detroit’s Parks and Recreation department.

Jac Kyle is Palmer Park’s new naturalist and recreation instructor.

Kyle has been working in Rouge Park, where the city last year resurrected its overnight group camping program for youth-serving organizations (not families) at Scout Hollow. She talks about what she and the city are envisioning for programming at Palmer Park, which features a mature hardwood forest book-ended by the former golf course meadows.

Palmer Park has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century, and today, it boasts a surprising array of wildlife, from wild turkey and fox to raccoons and opossum. So join us for a little walk in the wintry woods and learn about one of Detroit’s unsung natural gems.

So enjoy our mini audio documentary! If you like what you’re hearing, be sure to tell a friend about the show.

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