Michigan Nature Association to Lead Field
Trips in the Keweenaw Sept. 24-25
The Michigan Nature Association will host a Fall Weekend in the
Keweenaw on Saturday-Sunday, September 24-25. Events include a guided
exploration of five of the eighteen Michigan Nature Association
(MNA) sanctuaries in the Keweenaw Peninsula: Estivant Pines, Redwyn's
Dunes, Gratiot Lake, Brockway Mountain, and the Robert T. Brown
Teaching Sanctuary, plus an Open House & Silent Auction on Saturday
evening at the Keweenaw Community Foundation at 326 Sheldon Avenue
The Saturday evening open house will feature great food, presentations
about the MNAs sanctuaries and on-going land protection efforts
in the Keweenaw, plus a silent auction to help establish MNA's new
endowment fund with the Keweenaw Community Foundation, and help
purchase a 128-acre addition to the 377-acre Estivant Pines sanctuary
near Copper Harbor and complete the purchase of the Brown Teaching
Sanctuary near Painesdale. Many items have been donated for the
silent auction: a beautiful maple cutting board from BirdsEye Connection
of LAnse (Alberta), beautiful picture books of Lake Superior from
Grandpas Attic of Copper Harbor and Northwind Books of Hancock,
the Great Lakes Wetland Flora and Plants of the Copper Country from
Pocketflora Press in Laurium, beautiful framed photographs from
local photographers Charlie Eshbach and Anne Collins, and much,
On Saturday, participants may choose one of two field trips that
will be offered. One field trip will visit Estivant Pines Nature
Sanctuary near Copper Harbor and the Redwyns Dunes Nature Sanctuary
located east of Keweenaws Great Sand Bay along M-26 north of Eagle
River. The Estivant Pines, MNAs first sanctuary in the Keweenaw,
is one of the largest tracts of old-growth white pine in the United
States, east of the Mississippi River! In addition to the 500 year-old
white pines which tower 100 feet above the ground, the Estivant
Pines sanctuary boasts eighty-five species of birds, and a variety
of northern boreal plants. The Redwyns Dunes Nature Sanctuary has
a new one-mile trail along two dune ponds and out to the shore of
The second Saturday field trip will visit the Gratiot Lake Nature
Sanctuary and the Brockway Nature Sanctuary near Copper Harbor.
The trail at MNAs Gratiot Lake sanctuary climbs nearly 400 ft. to
the top of a bluff overlooking Gratiot Lake, and includes a beautiful
cascading waterfall hidden within the 100-acre sanctuary. The lower
portion of the Brockway Mountain Nature Sanctuary has a half-mile
trail along Garden Brook. The upper portion of the Brockway Mountain
sanctuary offers an overlook of Copper Harbor, Lake Superior, and
a spectacular view of the fall colors along Brockway Mountain Drive.
The MNA will rename this sanctuary the James Dorion Rooks Brockway
Mountain Memorial Nature Sanctuaryin honor of long-time member Jim
Rooks of Copper Harbor who recently passed away.
On Sunday morning, participants will visit the Robert T. Brown
Teaching Sanctuary near Painesdale. This 18-acre wetland site is
named in honor of the late Robert Thorson Brown, a beloved Michigan
Technological University professor of Biological Sciences who took
his classes there to learn about wetland ecology. This site offers
a rich variety of plant and animal species.
Locally, the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics
and Environmental Education regularly uses the MNA's Black Creek
Nature Sanctuary near Calumet, as well as Estivant Pines near Copper
Harbor, and the Robert T. Brown Teaching Sanctuary near Painesdale
for their K-12 forest field trip program that reaches more than
2500 students per year.
The Michigan Nature Association (MNA), established in 1952, is a
non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting examples
of Michigan's unique natural habitats and rare or endangered species.
In addition, MNA conducts education programs and scientific study.
The Michigan Nature Association's presence in the Keweenaw Peninsula
began in the 1970s with the purchase of the Estivant Pines Nature
Sanctuary. Since then, MNA has acquired over 18 sanctuaries in the
Keweenaw, resulting in the protection of more than 1,500 acres of
Statewide, through the help of its members, the MNA now has 162
nature sanctuaries totaling more than 8200 acres. In April 2005,
Governor Granholm honored the Michigan Nature Association and the
organization's 89-year-old founder, Bertha Daubendiek, for establishing
Michigans first land preservation organization in 1952 to carry
on a program of conservation education and habitat preservation.
MNA's nature sanctuaries are open to the public for hiking, nature-viewing,
and educational purposes. To learn more, visit www.michigannature.org
To register for the Fall Weekend in the Keweenaw, contact Jeremy
Emmi at the MNA office at (517) 655-5655, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The cost for all Saturday and Sunday events is $50 per person.
For more information, contact Joan Chadde at 487-3341 in Houghton
or visit: http://wupcenter.mtu.edu/education/Nature/index.html
Saturday, Sept. 24
8:15 AM Guided Field Trips of Four Nature Sanctuaries in the Keweenaw
leaving from Super 8 Motel, 1220 E. Lakeshore Dr., Tel: 906-482-2240.
Choose ONE: (1) Estivant Pines and Redwyn's Dunes Nature Sanctuaries,
or (2) Gratiot Lake and Brockway Mountain Nature Sanctuaries. Estimated
return time to Houghton is 6 pm.
7:30-9:30 PM - Keweenaw Celebration & Silent Auction at Keweenaw
Community Foundation's Office, 326 Sheldon Ave., in Houghton. Tel:
Sunday, Sept. 25
8:15 AM Guided Field Trips of R.T. Brown Teaching Sanctuary leaving
from the Super 8 Motel, 1220 E. Lakeside Dr., Houghton. Tel: 906-482-2240.