The Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art and Science is an interdisciplinary educational center and natural area located in rural Benzie County, Mich. The Center sits on 86 acres, consisting of mostly natural woodland and marsh, with Parsons Lake in the center of the property. The Center is the legacy of the late Jean Parsons, renowned sculptor and potter, and is run jointly by the Departments of Art, Biology and Psychology at Eastern Michigan University.
It was built according to the wishes of renowned sculptor and artist Jean Noble Parsons who once lived and created art on the property. Learn more about Jean Noble Parsons.
Parsons Center Mission
In accordance with Jean Noble Parson’s vision, the Parsons Center:
- Serves as a research center and wildlife sanctuary and will be preserved in a pristine condition.
- Offers integrated educational programs in the arts and sciences.
- Provides visitors the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate nature.
- Offers public lectures and seminars on a range of subjects concerning environment, art, science and personal well-being.