Reach For The Sky - Canopy Walk

HLG Boardwalk and Classroom Coming in Fall 2022, phase one of Reach For The Sky will include construction of a 700-foot canopy walk.  Phase two will then include a 10-story, ADA-accessible tree top tower. This one-of-a-kind contemporary attraction will appeal to both local residents and traveling tourists, while contributing to the cultural setting of the Lenawee, Jackson, Hillsdale and Washtenaw County communities. The project is designed to provide significant opportunities for education, outreach, research, visitor experience, tourism and economic development. Join us in making this project a reality by contributing today.


Our vision is to inspire and motivate visitors to explore, observe, and experience nature from a unique and exciting perspective. We strive to:

  • Instill a sense of wonder and curiosity, especially in children, about the natural world.
  • Provide visitors dynamic discovery with hands-on and feet-off-the-ground activities.
  • View the connectivity of forests and freshwater systems from a new perspective.
  • Provide unique 360-degree views of Hidden Lake Gardens: the lake and pond, the hills and kettle holes, the gardens and plant collections.
  • Become a greater tourist attraction and destination within the MSU, Lenawee, Jackson, Hillsdale, Washtenaw counties and Irish Hills communities.
  • Explore and discover nature and woodland communities from the tree tops.



Watch an animated video of the Canopy Walk experience