The Visitors Center is open to school groups by appointment only. The Visitors Center offers students an interactive energy adventure that allows them to Discover the Nature of Power. The experience can be tailored to students from grade school to college. The centerpiece of the center is a 26-foot 3D rotating model of the plant that shows the intricate workings of DC Cook nuclear power plant.

Other features of the visitors center include: an interactive electricity generation station where students power lights by peddling a bicycle to turn a generator; exploration of transmission and distribution and how electricity travels to the homes and businesses that use it; an interactive game called chain reaction tag which allow students to visualize how chain reactions are important in nuclear power production; and finally a scavenger hunt that allows students to explore and learn more about nuclear power generation.

In addition to the visitors center tour there are nature trails that wind through the dunes and woods, leading to a beautiful overlook of Lake Michigan. Groups of 30 or less are encouraged to request a trail tour to see first-hand that the clean, emission free power Cook Nuclear Plant generates helps to preserves the beautiful trails and dunes that exist right next door.

To learn more or to request a tour, complete the request form so your group can Discover the Nature of Power.


Besides being emission-free, the nuclear industry is committed to protecting the environment. Cook cares about southwest Michigan.


The interactive learning experience at the Cook Visitors Center can be adapted for groups as young as 3rd grade. Tours are free of charge however we require a minimum of fifteen (15) student age visitors to book a tour. Tour capacity is 60 visitors.

OPERATING HOURS: Monday – Thursday 6AM – 4PM

TOUR HOURS: Monday and Thursday 9:30AM – 1PM *

* March – May 2019: Wednesday and Thursday 9:30am – 1pm only.

Note: Tours are subject to staff availability and plant operations. We appreciate your patience and understanding if occasions arise that require cancellation or rescheduling.

TOUR DETAILS: Tours take 1.5 - 2 hours. All visitors age sixteen (16) and older must be on the access list and have a valid government photo ID. The access list must be submitted a minimum of five (5) business days before the scheduled tour date to avoid cancellation. Individuals not on the access list prior to arrival may be denied access. The access list form will be provided to you upon acknowledgement of your request.

GUIDED NATURAL TRAIL TOURS: Guided tours of our nature trails are available upon request from May – October (subject to weather). Visitors must have sturdy closed toe shoes (no flip flops, sandals or flats), must be able to climb steep stairs and handle uneven surfaces. Maximum visitors for a guided trail is thirty (30).

PATIO LUNCH: Weather permitting, groups are encouraged to bring their lunch to enjoy on our outdoor patio overlooking Lake Michigan and the Cook Nuclear Plant. NOTE: Lunch is not provided and is not available for purchase. Guests will need to bring their lunch with them.

To request a tour complete the form below and we will get back to you within 48 business hours (Monday – Thursday 6AM – 4PM)