Sun shines through the tree canopy.
Tree Canopy Migratory songbirds nest in the forest at the Nan Weston Preserve. © Jason Whalen

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Guided Audio Tour

A Nan Weston Nature Preserve tour guide...in the palm of your hand!

Tips for a successful tour:

  • Turn on GPS
  • Downloading via WIFI is faster than with cellular data
  • Charge your device before you go!
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Hikers at Nan Weston Nature Preserve Hikers explore the Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow during a staff-guided field trip. © Michael D-L Jordan/dlp

See the Nan Weston Preserve Through New Eyes

Take a guided tour through floodplain forests and over wetlands to reach the tranquil waters of the River Raisin—right from the palm of your hand. This audio tour includes stories, fun facts and natural sounds to deepen your connection to the Nan Weston Nature Preserve. No wireless or cellular service is needed to take the audio tour at the preserve.

Before you visit the preserve...

  1. Download the free TravelStorys app to your smartphone or tablet from the App Store (iPhones) or through Google Play (Android).
  2. Open the TravelStorys app on your device and search for Nan Weston Preserve at Sharon Hollow.
  3. Click on the tour when it pops up, then click on the blue circle with the white arrow to download this tour to your device.

At the preserve...

  1. In the preserve's parking area, open the the TravelStorys app and your downloaded tour will be triggered by GPS to begin.
  2. No need to click play—just throw on some headphones (or play it out loud for your hiking buddy) and the audio will play at selected points along the route. It’s like a personal tour guide that you can carry in your pocket!

Topics covered on the audio tour include:

  • Trees and plants
  • Birds
  • Vernal ponds
  • Salamanders
  • Rare species

About the Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow

The Nan Weston Nature Preserve lies in the Upper River Raisin Watershed, an area highly altered by agriculture, logging and development. This preserve serves to protect many remaining natural communities, stopover habitat for migrating birds and the river itself which winds approximately 25 miles to the Conservancy’s 700-acre Ives Road Fen preserve before continuing on to Lake Erie.

This is a dynamic preserve, featuring more than 260 species of wildflowers and other native plants. From the symphony of toads and frogs during spring, to the rain of yellow beech leaves in the fall, visitors will find year-round spectacles to enjoy. In the wet spring months, visitors can see vernal pools, which are temporary pools of water that provide habitat for insects, snakes and amphibians.

Whether you are a first time visitor or have been to the preserve many times, you will find yourself captivated by what you can learn about this unique ecosystem!

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