MNA to recognize volunteers and conservationists at October 17 ceremony

By Kary Askew Garcia, MNA Intern

Don’t miss out on MNA’s annual Volunteer and Donor Recognition Dinner on Oct. 17 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

Guests will enjoy a delicious meal, jazz music and the presentation of awards to hard-working, dedicated individuals who do so much to protect Michigan’s natural heritage.

Tickets are $30. You can purchase tickets online through the MNA website or by contacting Danielle Cooke at or 866-223-2231.

The following awards will be presented during the celebration:

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MNA’s Looking Glass Nature Sanctuary Gets Cleaned-Up with Scout’s Help

by Hannah Ettema
MNA Intern

With the help of the Michigan Nature Association, 17-year-old Evan Harris is on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. Currently Evan is a Life Scout and is working to complete the requirements for advancing to the highest rank the Boys Scouts of America bestow.

One requirement is for Evan to demonstrate his ability to organize and lead a service event. As a recommendation from his Scout Master, Evan contacted MNA Regional Stewardship Coordinator Katherine Hollins for project possibilities.

broken shed in field

Some of the material Evan helped remove

Over two weekends, Evan’s service project will be to clean up the Looking Glass Nature Sanctuary near Bath. Evan, with the help of friends and fellow scouts, will be removing an old shed and a pile of debris that is interfering with the natural process at the sanctuary.

“Working with MNA has been a really smooth process,” says Evan. After an unsuccessful partnership with another organization in the summer, Evan has been happy working with Katherine and MNA volunteers.

“Katherine walked through the sanctuary with me to figure out what we could do.”

When selecting a project, protecting nature seemed only natural to Evan.

“It’s in the Boy Scouts of America slogan: Leave No Trace (basically not destroying stuff),” he said.

In addition to organizing a service project, Evan has worked to complete a number of merit badges including ones regarding personal fitness, community duty and citizenship.

group removal debris outside

Evan and the crew work to clean the sanctuary.

Currently a high school senior, Evan would like to pursue music education at Central Michigan University after graduating.

For more information on service projects at MNA and how you can get involved, visit our website at