Fall Adventue October 10th-12th

The Michigan Nature Association is proud to extend you an invitation to our annual Fall Adventure, October 10th– 12th, 2008. 

This year we will be visiting six unique sanctuaries in both St. Clair and Huron counties.

Kernan Memorial and Thelma Sonnenberg Memorial sanctuaries protect Whiskey Harbor, a haven along the coast of Lake Huron, and its diverse migratory bird population on the tip of Michigan’s thumb.

Photo by Meghan Good

– The Saginaw Wetlands Nature Sanctuary is home to the rarest plant community in Michigan, the lake plain prairie. MNA recently acquired 60 additional acres adjacent to the existing sanctuary, joining our site to an even larger state protected wetland area. The sanctuary is home to many grassland birds, waterfowl and rare plant species.

– The Pine River runs through James and Alice Brennan Memorial Sanctuary, a wonderful floodplain forest with a diverse population of wildflowers. The sanctuary was donated to MNA by the Brennan family who owned and protected the land for over 100 years.


– The Alton D. McGaw Memorialfeatures an elaborate stairway that leads down into a spring-fed wetland which is home to several native plants including Jewelweed and Joe-pye weed. The sanctuary is also located adjacent to the former MNA office and home of MNA Co-Founder Bertha Daubendiek.


– The Elmer P. and Irene Jasper Woods Memorial has all the characteristics of a mesic northern forest including stands of hemlock trees and sparse white pines. The sanctuary is quite unique because the humus rich soil supports species that rarely thrive in southern parts of the state. 


Throughout the adventure we will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Bad Axe, MI. This hotel features an indoor pool and whirlpool, high speed Internet access and a full continental breakfast each morning.

The total cost for the weekend is only $225.00; this includes two nights of lodging, meals, charter bus transportation (the bus will pick up participants in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Novi and ImlayCity) and a wonderful weekend in the woods with new and old friends.

If you have any questions, need more information or would like to register please call the MNA office at 517-655-5655 or email Paul Steiner, psteiner@michigannature.org.

Space is limited and will go fast, so please register today!