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, reflected that as a boy he spent a great deal of time exploring the woods around his house where Whiting Forest now stands. The idea of a canopy walk and getting people up into the tree canopy stems from him wanting to share the experiences he and his brother had growing up in the woods, climbing trees and being active in nature.
The project centerpiece is a 1400-foot canopy walk (the longest in the nation), reaching five stories high.