Celebrate Earth Day with MNA!

April 22 is the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a day where more than one billion people around the globe celebrate the earth and take action to protect it.

There are many things that we can do to help celebrate Earth Day and better the environment. By planting trees, recycling and cleaning up trash from lakes, rivers and parks, we are protecting the plants and animals that thrive on a clean environment. MNA has many opportunities to get involved, such as through a nature hike:

Friday, April 21: Earthweek Hike at Five Lakes Muskegon Nature Sanctuary (Muskegon County) 
In partnership with the Muskegon Area Earthweek group, MNA will host a hike at Five Lakes Muskegon Nature Sanctuary in Muskegon County. The hike will begin at 6 p.m. All are welcome! For more information or to sign up, contact John Bagley at jbagley@michigannature.org.

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Saturday, April 22: Earth Day Hike at Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary (Cass County)
Come celebrate Earth Day at the spring wildflower mecca of Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary! This event begins at 12 p.m. and should be near peak for flowering. Contact John Bagley at jbagley@michigannature.org for details or to sign up.

Supporters can also visit a booth at Earth Day festivals across the state:

Saturday, April 22: Muskegon Area Earthweek Expo at Montague High School in Muskegon County
Check out MNA’s booth at the 6th Annual Earth Fair Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Montague High School. Celebrate Earth Day in Muskegon County with dozens of local exhibitors featuring eco-friendly, natural, and sustainable products and services. There will also be workshops and presentations this year. Families are welcome!

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Sunday, April 23: Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival at Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor
Join MNA at the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival from 12-4 p.m. at the Leslie Science and Nature Center. Stop by the MNA booth and say hi to our staff and local stewards! We will have a fun and earth-friendly activity for kids (and youthful adults!). The festival is a great opportunity to engage in activities that celebrate Earth and learn about environmental topics through live-animal presentations, naturalist-led hikes, informational presentations and discussions. You can even dress up as your favorite plant or animal! Nature lovers of all ages are welcome. No signup is necessary.

Happy Earth Day!

Member Vote Overwhelmingly Approves Five Lakes Muskegon Land Trade

The results are in!

The members of the Michigan Nature Association have approved the proposed Five Lakes Muskegon land trade!

Voting closed August 15th. With 452 votes cast, more than 97% of the votes were in favor of the proposed trade, and less than 3% opposed.

Some of those who voted also passed along comments for and against the proposed trade, including;
• “Great idea.”
• “Well presented and negotiated”
• “Thank you for the excellent presentation”
• “Enjoyed rare plants, trade will make access better.”
• “I hope everything goes well in the land trade. Keep up the good work.”
• “Sad to see you give up any land.”

Now that our members have ratified the proposal the Five Lakes trade may proceed, and MNA staff is now actively working with our partners to finalize the exchange. The trade will join the currently bisected Five Lakes sanctuary into a single, larger piece of property, and will ensure that the core of the sanctuary will never be developed.

The vote on Five Lakes is a terrific display of the MNA membership in action. Throughout our nearly 60 year history, the members of the Michigan Nature Association have played a pivotal role in the organization’s success. In addition to providing generous financial support, MNA members guide our organization by electing our board of trustees, help us identify natural areas needing protection, volunteer countless hours helping us manage the thousands of acres we own, and (as in the case of Five Lakes) make important organizational decisions when the need arises.

The active involvement of our members is truly one of the great strengths of MNA. Without the generosity and willingness of our members to be engaged, we would not be the organization we are today.

Thank you, again, for all you do!