us for a guided exploration of five of the 18 Michigan Nature Association
(MNA) sanctuaries in the Keweenaw Peninsula: Estivant Pines, Redwyn
Dunes, Gratiot Lake, Brockway Mountain, and the Robert T. Brown
Teaching Sanctuary., as part of the 2005 MNA Fall Social Event.
Michigan Nature Association's presence in the Keweenaw Peninsula
began in the 1970s with the purchase of the Estivant Pines Nature
Sanctuary, the largest tract of old-growth white pine in the Unites
States, east of the Mississippi River. Since then, MNA has acquired
over 18 sanctuaries in the Keweenaw, resulting in the protection
of more than 1,500 acres of land. This September, we are planning
a weekend adventure to celebrate the establishment of the Keweenaw
Community Foundation Fund that will further protect natural areas
in the Keweenaw and visit some of our sanctuaries there.
10:00 AM – Meet at Meijers in Lansing * (1350 W. Lake Lansing
Rd. Tel: 517-333-3006). Participants will meet and leave vehicles
in the E section of the parking lot by Applebees Restaurant and
take a bus to the Super 8 Motel in Houghton (1220 E. Lakeshore Dr.,
the Friday bus can stop to pick up additional people in two locations
between Lansing and Houghton. Possible locations are: Mt. Pleasant,
Gaylord, St. Ignace, or Munising. We'll select two of these locations
8:15 AM – Meet in the lobby of the Houghton Super 8 Motel.
All participants will travel by bus to the sanctuaries. Participants
will choose one of the field trips described below. Field trips
will be led by Charlie Eshbach, Jeremy Emmi, Joan Chadde, and others.
(1) Hike Estivant Pines and Redwyn’s Dunes Nature Sanctuaries
Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary near Copper Harbor-MNA’s first
sanctuary in the Keweenaw -boasts one of the largest tracts of old-growth
white pine in the United States, east of the Mississippi River!
Walk beneath these 500 year-old pines that tower 100 feet above
the ground. In addition to this grand spectacle of trees, eighty-five
species of birds nest in and around these giant pines, and a variety
of northern boreal plants provide groundcover. The Redwyn’s
Dunes Nature Sanctuary is located just east of Keweenaw’s
Great Sand Bay along M-26 north of Eagle River. A new one-mile trail
takes you along two dune ponds and out to the shore of Lake Superior.
Hike Gratiot Lake and Brockway Mountain Nature Sanctuaries
The trail in MNA’s Gratiot Lake Nature Sanctuary climbs nearly
400 ft. to the top of a bluff overlooking Gratiot Lake. One of Michigan’s
most beautiful cascading waterfalls is hidden within this 100-acre
sanctuary. The Brockway Mountain Nature Sanctuary offers an overlook
of Copper Harbor, Lake Superior, and a spectacular view of the fall
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner on Your Own
PM - Keweenaw Community Foundation Celebration at the Keweenaw Community
Foundation’s new office (in former Chamber of Commerce location),
326 Sheldon Ave.(Upper Level), Houghton. Tel: 482-9673
us for hors’d’oerves and a presentation by MNA’s
executive director, Jeremy Emmi, that will highlight the Michigan
Nature Association’s activities and challenges in the Keweenaw,
including the details of the newly established Keweenaw Community
Foundation Endowment Fund. Meet other MNA members and learn how
we can expand protection of valuable resources in the Keweenaw.
All members and their guests are encouraged to attend (you need
not attend the Saturday field trip). Please RSVP to email@example.com
even if this is the only event you plan to attend, so we can plan
accordingly! The Saturday evening event is FREE and open to ALL
8:15 AM - Meet at the Super 8 Motel in Houghton (1220 E. Lakeside
Dr., or Tel: 906-482-2240.)
Participants from downstate who came to Houghton on the bus, will
travel by bus to the sanctuary. All other participants will provide
their own transportation.
9:00 AM - Visit the Robert T. Brown Teaching Nature Sanctuary near
Painesdale on a guided tour with Charlie Eshbach, (MNA’s Upper
Peninsula field representative) and Jeremy Emmi (MNA executive director).
This site is part of MNA’s Statewide Land Protection Campaign
and offers a rich variety of plant and animal species.
AM – Participants depart on the bus from Brown Teaching Sanctuary
and head toward Lansing. Others are invited to visit MNA’s
Black Creek sanctuary with Charlie Eshbach, Those interested in
extending the Sunday field trip should bring their own lunch, snacks,
and water. Estimated return time is 2 PM.
More Information or to Register: Contact Natalie Kent at the MNA
office at (517) 655-5655 or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Friday, September 16.
Food for Friday Bus Trip from Lansing will be sack lunches from
the Better Health Store that include a sandwich (vegetarian option
available), cookie, and salad. Pop, juice, bottled water (or bring
your own water bottle to save resources!), ice, snacks, and fruit
will be available on the bus. Bus riders are responsible for their
own Friday breakfast and dinner (we’ll stop at the Brownstone
Inn near Munising or fast food in Marquette).
Field Trips - Participants will ride the bus for ease of accessing
the sanctuaries. Sack lunches will be from the Keweenaw Food Co-op
and will include a wrap (vegetarian option available), cookie, and
salad. Pop, juice, bottled water (or bring your own water bottle
to save resources!), ice, snacks, and fruit will be available on
the bus. Participants are responsible for their own Saturday breakfast
(a continental breakfast is provided at Super 8 Motel) and Saturday
for Sunday Bus Trip back to Lansing will be Subway sandwiches. Pop,
juice, bottled water (or bring your own water bottle to save resources!),
ice, snacks, and fruit will be available on the bus. Participants
are responsible for their own Sunday breakfast (a continental breakfast
is provided at Super 8 Motel) and dinner (bus will be stopping in
the Gaylord area.)
are available at the Super 8 Motel in Houghton,1220 E. Lakeside
Dr., Tel: 906-482-2240.
the Michigan Nature Association
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.
Our mission is not only to preserve exceptional land and natural
flora, but also to carry on programs of public conservation education
and scientific study. Through the help of its members, the MNA now
has over 160 nature sanctuaries across the state for people to enjoy
today and into the future. For membership information, visit: www.michigannature.org