About Us


 Raven Hill Discovery Center Raven Hill Logo
Where Science, History & Art Connect for All Ages 
 Through Hands-On Activities & Explorations Both Indoors & Outdoors
4737 Fuller Road
East Jordan, Michigan 49727
231.536.3369 | 877.833.4254
info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org 
 Established in 1991 ~ A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation
 
Open All Year!

Raven Hill Discovery Center is the only place in northern Lower Michigan where science, history and art connect for children and adults through hands-on activities and explorations, both indoors and outdoors. Connections emerge through classes, exhibits and facilities that provide opportunities for all ages to learn, create, grow and play. Raven Hill Discovery Center is also a regional science and technology center, as well as a cultural, historical and art center. The overall mission of the Center is to build life-long connections for children and adults that link science and technology, history and the arts by inviting visitors to have quality hands-on experiences in this special learning environment.

The Center is located on 157 acres, four miles southeast of East Jordan, which is in a rural area of northwestern Lower Michigan. It is adjacent to Little Traverse Conservancy’s Raven Ridge Nature Preserve with trails and overlook platform. 

Current Hours:

The Center is open every weekend during the Fall, Winter & Spring or by appointment.

Open extended hours on many holiday breaks. 

Saturday: Noon - 4 pm or by appointment
Sunday: 2 pm - 4 pm or by appointment
Monday: By appointment
Tuesday: By appointment
Wednesday: By appointment
Thursday: By appointment
Friday: By appointment

Raven Hill's Summer Hours: Open Every Day Starting Memorial Day Weekend!
Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday: Noon - 4 pm
Sunday: 2 pm - 4 pm
Open other hours by appointment
 

Schedule Your Visit, Class, Field Trip, Special Group, Party, Reunion or Outreach Today!

2014 Event Calendar: Click here for a current calendar of events for Raven Hill Discovery Center.

Admission Prices:

Members: Free! Click here for a Raven Hill Discovery Center Membership Form. 
$8 for Adults and Children
Free for Babies staying in backpacks or strollers
Additional charge for Classes

Admission includes indoor, hands-on exhibits and exotic animal session, as well as outdoor exhibits.  
The average visit is an hour and a half or two hours and is appropriate for all ages – from one to ninety. 

Directions:

Located off C-48 between East Jordan and Boyne City at Pearsall Road, which is MILE 15 of THE BREEZEWAY. Almost immediately, within 50 feet, turn left onto Fuller Road. Go over Deer Creek & up the big hill (3/4 mile). Raven Hill is on the right side of Fuller Road. Click here for more detailed directions to Raven Hill Discovery Center.

Facilities & Exhibits:

Indoor Facilities

Indoor Exhibits 

           

Outdoor Exhibits
Main Museum     Exploring Beyond Jurrasic Park
          Hands-On Exhibits & Activities    

Hands-on light, sound, motion, magnets, 

music, earth & life sciences

 

Earth Tones Music Garden
          Animal Room Reptiles and Amphibians   Art and Architecture in Smallville    
          Kitchen & Project Room     Medicinal Gardens (in progress)
          Periodic Room Periodic table of elements   Sundial
          Christopher's Art Corridor Science, history and how-to art mediums   Accessible Treehouse
          Warren Loranger Great Room Natural history & multipurpose   Moonbase
Fiber Studio     Wetlands Boardwalk               
Off the Grid Energy House     Ancient World
Print Shop & Art Studio      The Taxi Trail (in progress)
One Room Schoolhouse     The Labyrinth
Evolving Technology Building (in progress)      The Pond
Caboose (in progress)     The Learning Gardens
Wood Shop     The Whisper Dishes

    The Garden Loom

Other amenities:

  • Picnic Area is available for use.  
  • Gift Shop is located in the front entryway of the Main Museum with items such as T-shirts, silk scarves made at the center, jewelry, fossils, toys, pop, water and other small items are available for purchase.
    NOTE: There is no restaurant available on site.

Click here to see a list with more detail of indoor facilities and outdoor exhibits at Raven Hill Discovery Center. 

Click here to see pictures of Raven Hill Discovery Center's facilities and exhibits on the Main Campus and in the Ancient World. 

Click here to see a map of Raven Hill Discovery Center.

Learn More About and From Facilities, Exhibits and Activities:

Raven Hill is a teaching institution whose students are its visitors and its teachers are the collections and displays, just as much as the staff and volunteers. Use your smart phone or check out a tablet at the Main Museum to learn more.  Just click on the link below.

Click here to learn more about and from Raven Hill's Facilities, Exhibits and Activities.

Lobe-finned fish in Exploring Beyond Jurassic Park   Contact:   Call 231.536.3369 or toll free 877.833.4254 

  or email  info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org 

  Feel free to call for more information and to check  on weather, road conditions, classes and special events.  

About Raven Hill:

Raven Hill draws on its mission - to provide a place where children and adults can build life-long connections linking science, history and the arts in a hands-on learning environment - to guide its growth and development. 

Mission Statement

Building life-long connections for children and adults that link science, history and the arts in a hands-on learning environment.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to provide a unique environment for quality hands-on learning for people of all ages.  At Raven Hill Discovery Center, we help visitors discover the world of science, history and the arts.  Connections emerge through constantly evolving exhibits and facilities, thereby helping participants make sense of the world as it was, is, and might be.

A rural setting with pond, swamp, forest and fields, Raven Hill Discovery Center provides an environment for discovery and the space to learn, create, grow and play.  We celebrate the joy of life-long learning and the appreciation of nature and our earth.

History:

Since it incorporated in 1991, Raven Hill’s focus on the connections between science, history and art has strengthened. Read more 

Board, Staff, Reports, Goals, Finances and Testimonials:

Raven Hill Discovery Center has a dedicated Board of Directors and Staff, who make it their mission to connect science, history and art in all facilities, exhibits, programs and outreach.

Click here for our About Raven Hill page

Support Raven Hill:

Click here for our Support Raven Hill page

Raven Hill Slide Show:

Click here to see The Raven Hill Slide Show (mov) Click here to see the Raven Hill Slide Show(pdf) Click here to download the Raven Hill Slide Show (ppt)






Raven Hill Connection Flyer

Raven Hill is:

  • A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation
  • Member of the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Museum Alliance
  • Host to NOMAC (NOrthern Michigan Astronomy Club)
  • 2005 Crooked Tree Arts Center eddi Award recipient for Arts & Cultural Organizations
  • A presenter in the 2012-15 Michigan's Arts & Humanities Council Touring Directory
  • A GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant
  • Raven Hill Discovery Center is a GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs National Endowment for the Arts
This web site supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts                       through Raven Hill Discovery Center’s 2013 and 2014 Operational Grant Awards.