Reminder: The Odyssey Begins on Sunday!

By Mitch Lex

The celebration of MNA’s 60th anniversary and most treasured sanctuaries begins this Sunday, April 15. The Odyssey, a year-long tour of MNA’s showcase sanctuaries, makes its first stop in Southeast Michigan, where four of these 20 treasured sanctuaries are located.

Timberland Swamp, the largest sanctuary in the region, will kick off the tour at 10 a.m. on April 15. Timberland Swamp has two trails that are 1 mile and 0.5 miles in length, and is the MNA’s sixth oldest land acquisition. Odyssey organizers and MNA members Dave Wendling and Tina Patterson will spend a few hours giving guests a tour and history of each sanctuary. Following the event, attendees are encouraged to spend as much time at the sanctuary as desired. Following the opening event at Timberland Swamp, the first leg of the tour will continue with Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary (April 16), Lyle and Mary Rizor Nature Sanctuary (April 17), and Wilcox-Warnes Nature Sanctuary (April 18).

All Odyssey events are free, and we encourage you to make as many fit into your schedule as you can!. Guests are encouraged to RSVP on the MNA website or by calling the office at (866) 223-2231 prior to each event so you can be notified of any last-minute changes. For more information on the Odyssey, visit for future dates, locations, merchandise, and how to make a donation. We hope to see you there!


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