Learn about monarch protection at the Annual Meeting on April 29 in Grand Rapids

monarchs at Fred Dye by Adrienne Bozic

Join the Michigan Nature Association at the
2017 Annual Meeting
Frederik Meijer Gardens – Grand Rapids
Celebrating 65 Years

Saturday, April 29 – 12:30 p.m.
1000 East Beltline Ave, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Join the Michigan Nature Association for the 2017
Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m.
at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
in Grand Rapids. Your free ticket to the Annual Meeting
includes admission into the Gardens and Sculpture Park!

The event will feature talks from MNA’s Executive Director
and Conservation Director, an exciting look inside some our
latest projects, and light refreshments.

Special Guest Speaker

Dr. Stephen Malcolm is a chemical ecologist and
biological sciences professor at Western Michigan University.
He will be discussing monarch butterfly conservation
in Michigan and beyond.

RSVP Today – Seating is Limited

Please RSVP by April 21 to reserve your spot.
Contact Jess at 866-223-2231 or jfoxen@michigannature.org.

We hope to see you there!

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Join MNA at the Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids this Saturday!

Sign up today! 
2016 Annual Meeting
Frederik Meijer Gardens – Grand Rapids

Saturday, May 21 – 12:30 p.m. 
1000 E. Beltline Ave. Grand Rapids, Michigan

Join the Michigan Nature Association for the 2016
Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 21 at 12:30 p.m.
at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
in Grand Rapids. Your free ticket to the Annual Meeting
includes admission into the Gardens and Sculpture Park!

The event will feature talks from MNA’s President and
Executive Director, an exciting look inside some of our
latest projects, and light refreshments.

Keynote Speaker

The Annual Meeting will feature a special talk from
Dr. Tonya Matthews, President and CEO of the
Michigan Science Center, a leading voice on the
need to strengthen science education in Michigan,
especially for young girls.

Special Guest Speaker

We are excited to have a second speaker at the Annual
Meeting this year! Dr. Lars Brudvig is an assistant professor at
Michigan State University in the Department of Plant Biology
and one of Michigan’s leading restoration ecologists.

Please RSVP to Reserve Your Spot

Time is running out! Sign up today. 
Contact Cassie at 866-223-2231 or cmiller@michigannature.org.

We hope to see you there!

MNA’s Annual Members’ Meeting

By Mitch Lex and Allison Barszcz

On the afternoon of March 31st, a crowd of more than 90 people gathered
at the Kalamazoo Nature Center for the annual Michigan Nature
Association Members’ Meeting. Among those speaking throughout the event
was featured guest Dave Dempsey.

Dave Dempsey

Author of Rise & Recovery: Michigan’s Rise as a Conservation Leader among several other books, Dempsey spoke of the importance of land protection and its role in the rise of Michigan as a current leader in conservation efforts. Dempsey also highlighted the role of the MNA and other environmental organizations throughout the state and the importance of them in protecting natural lands.

Along with Dempsey, MNA staff and board members spoke as part of the event. President Steve Kelley, Executive Director Garrett Johnson and Stewardship Coordinator Andrew Bacon all discussed the current and future workings and goals of the MNA.

Dave and Tina promoting the 60th Anniversary Odyssey. Photo: Johanna Swanson

Former Trustee Dave Wendling and MNA volunteer Tina Patterson announced the upcoming 60th Anniversary Odyssey, where 20 of MNA’s most prized sanctuaries will be showcased throughout much of 2012. Members were eager to join Dave and Tina on the Odyssey, purchasing Odyssey t-shirts and signing on to participate.

The meeting was also a celebration of the association’s 60th anniversary, commemorating the incredible growth and success it has seen since its beginnings in 1952. Attendees enjoyed cake and refreshments in celebration.

Photo: Johanna Swanson