Visitors Center

The MCR Visitor’s Center will be closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

The Merrill Creek Visitors Center was opened to the public in June 1989. It is staffed and is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days a week, year round, except for New Years Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4th, Veteran’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Visitors Center contains an orientation area with fireplace, a 100-seat auditorium, two classrooms; offices and a variety of exhibit space. It is the focal point of the environmental education activities that serve students of all ages and thousands of visitors annually.

The Visitors Center contains a variety of exhibits appealing to diverse audiences. Historical, cultural, and wildlife exhibits are available. A bird feeding/wildlife viewing area is located outside the windows on the east side of the building. A demonstration butterfly/hummingbird garden has been established behind the Visitors Center. The following items can also be found at the Visitors Center: a weather station, interactive computer kiosk, spotting scope, and an interactive “kids corner.” Brochures and other resources are provided at this location.