Office Closure

Our office is currently closed due to Covid-19 but know that we are still here for you. Our staff are working remotely from home so if there is anything you need please don’t hesitate to email Laura Justin(Executive Director) at, Libby Gunderson(Director of Conservation) at or Lucas Thoms (Stewardship and Program Coordinator) at If you need immediate assistance please call Laura at 231-497-4944. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Start of our office renovations!

For those of you who haven’t heard we are currently undergoing some office renovations. These renovations were made possible through a grant from the Lowe’s Gives Foundation to go towards our Youth Environmental Education Center.

Here are a few before and during pictures. Huge shout out to the Lowe’s volunteers and the Youthworks crew for all of their hard work.


Our Last Snowshoe Hike of the Season

We had our last snowshoe hike of the season this past weekend out at the Louis Groen Nature Preserve in Johannesburg. This was one of several hikes that took place this season. We had a great time snowshoeing with the kids and staff at the Vanderbilt Area Schools, the folks at Crossroads Industries, Scott Warsen with the U.S. Forest Service, Sam Cornelius with Kids Outdoors Otsego and everyone who attended one of our public snowshoe hikes. Thank you for making it a great snowshoeing season.

First snowshoe hike of the year!

img_20190126_102335077We had a great time on our first snowshoe hike of the year out at the Sturgeon River Preserve on Saturday January 26th. We were worried about going forward with it knowing how cold it was going to get but even with it being -10 degrees Fahrenheit we still had a nice group of 9 people brave the weather and enjoy the morning with us. Here’s a photo of part of the group all bundled up enjoying the snow.

Keep an eye open for other snowshoeing opportunities. Snowshoes are free to use at events.