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In 1993, Robert and Ruth Nara donated their land to city of Houghton to benefit the local community and turn it into a park for everyone to enjoy. This also included a site for the Nara Animal Shelter, which was later constructed in 2005

In 2006, Michigan Tech University’s Forestry and Environmental Resource Management Enterprise joined with the Nara Nature Park Advisory team to establish a system for proper trail mapping, the marking of trails, and harvesting of marketable trees for trail development. This provided the Nara Nature Park with the backbone to offer a bounty of activities, making it the great park that it is today.

In 2007, Bob and Ruth Nara helped provided part of the financial assistance to purchase additional property to connecting the Nara Nature Park trails to the Michigan Tech recreation trails. Completion of linking trails was completed in 2008.

In 2009, The Nara Nature Chalet and Interpretive Center opens, offering amenities such as showers, an open fireplace, and interpretive information to Nara Nature Park users.

Today, the Nara Nature Park offers the local community of Houghton a wide variety of activities for all seasons, and all ages.  However, the park couldn’t be what it is today without its rich history and hard dedication of people with a dream. Please visit the Nara Nature Park and read some of the many educational signs posted to learn more about the history, or wildlife associated with the park.