The Whiting Forest is 54 acres of native Michigan forest, meadow, and wetland.
The 2-acre Whiting Orchard reflects Herbert H. Dow's hobby of growing apples.
Macauley (Mike) Whiting Jr., president of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, reflects that as a boy he spent a great deal of time exploring the woods around his house where Whiting Forest now stands.
The project centerpiece is a 1400-foot canopy walk (the longest in the nation), reaching four stories high.
November 3, 2017 - Installation of decking on the Orchard Arm is now complete to the large cottonwood tree. From the highest point of canopy walk, visitors will feel like they are floating above our new orchard, also enjoying excellent views of the playground and visitor center.
November 3, 2017 - Restoration of the original screened-in porch at the Whiting Forest visitor center is nearly complete. From here, the autumn sun highlights a breathtaking view of a maple tree in full color.
November 3, 2017 - Installation of structures in the playground’s toddler area has begun and the ground is nearly ready for a colorful safety surface. Picnic tables will be included as areas for families to gather, while future plantings will provide easy interactions with nature.
November 3, 2017 - This small hill is sure to become a favorite spot for children in the Whiting Forest playground. A shallow water feature will flow down the hill and around the base, ending at a small “beach” near a climbing net.
October 20, 2017 - The playground’s group slide glistens in the sun. Made from polished concrete, its orange ochre color reflects tones of the autumn forest.
October 20, 2017 - Winding its way through yellow leaves, Canopy Walk’s orchard arm is ready for railings and hardwood decking.
October 20, 2017 - Construction begins on wooden walls and benches at Canopy Walk’s pond arm overlook. It’s sure to become a favorite place to read a book, watch birds, and listen to the breeze whistle through the treetops
October 20, 2017 - Brilliant red maple leaves are framed by a backdrop of ripe Mother Apples on the H.H. Dow apple tree.
October 20, 2017 - Craftsmen carefully restore a screened-in porch at the Visitor Center, transforming a beloved room of the Whiting family home back to its original Alden B. Dow design.
October 10, 2017 – Macauley (Mike) Whiting Jr., President of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, addresses the crowd at the Canopy Walk Topping Off Ceremony, accompanied by Jamie Kaufmann, President of Magnum Construction Company.
October 10, 2017 – Macauley (Mike) Whiting Jr., President of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, is raised up to install the final bolt on the structural steel frame of the Whiting Forest Canopy Walk.
October 10, 2017 – Macauley (Mike) Whiting Jr., President of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, prepares to install the final bolt on the structural steel frame of the Whiting Forest Canopy Walk.
October 10, 2017 – The warm glow of Southern Yellow Pine graces the roofline of the Pond Arm Overlook shelter.
October 10, 2017 – Hills of wildflowers bloom along the Whiting Forest Visitor Center driveway.
September 25, 2017 - Nearly four stories above the ground, steelworkers carefully prepare the Orchard Arm for wooden decking.
September 25, 2017 - Painted wooden trim meticulously matches both color and form of the Whiting family home’s historic architecture.
September 25, 2017 - Poured concrete creates a curved pathway, leading guests from the Visitor Center towards canopy walk adventures.
September 25, 2017 - Elegant trusses are installed to form a shelter for the Pond Arm overlook
September 21, 2017 - The final pieces of canopy walk steel are erected on the Orchard Arm, the highest point of canopy walk, featuring a glass floor overlook.
September 21, 2017 - A scattering of autumn leaves decorates the Visitor Center terrace which offers guests a place to relax as they enjoy views of the Snake Creek floodplain.
Features of the Whiting Forest playground come together. Two polished concrete slides offer fun with a splash of color. Here, the freshly poured group slide starts the curing process under a plastic tarp.
September 21, 2017 - The historic Alden Dow architecture of the Whiting family home is preserved as it transforms into a Visitor Center.
September 21, 2017 - Installation of canopy walk decking is progressing nicely in many areas.
August 30, 2017 - Exterior stone installation begins on the pump house.
August 7, 2017 - The Pond Arm nears completion.
July 7, 2017 - Brazilian Ipe decking is added to "the knot" where the three arms of the canopy walk meet.
July 8, 2017 - The Canopy Walk is reinforced where an expanse of cargo net suspends visitors 35 feet above the forest floor.