The ABC’s of Michigan’s Nature Sanctuaries

A scenic view from the Keweena Shores. Photo by Charlie Eshbach

You may know that the Michigan Nature Association’s sanctuaries are great places to visit and discover the vast array of what Michigan’s environment has to offer.  What you may not know is that MNA sanctuaries are classified with a letter system that distinguishes which ones are visitor friendly and which ones may be off limits to the public.  Let’s take a look at how the MNA classifies its sanctuaries.

  • “A” class sanctuaries are easy to find, and open to all MNA members and the public for visitation.
  • “B” class sanctuaries can be difficult to find or visit, and is open to all MNA members and the public for visitation.
  • “C” class sanctuaries are a special case – These are considered “Sensitive Habitats” and are off limits for visitors without a guide. Want to arrange a guided visit?  They can be scheduled by calling 517-655-5655.

Don’t know which class a sanctuary is?  No problem, you can look up any of MNA’s sanctuaries with this sanctuary locator guide.

So before you visit a MNA sanctuary, make sure you’ve done your homework to make sure you’ll be able to enjoy everything they have to offer!

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