Why Environmental Education?
Now I see the secret of making the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
- Walt Whitman
For more than two decades, the Conservancy has offered programs and activities to foster a greater understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the natural environment. In 2011, more than 4000 students were involved in Conservancy education programs. In addition to the students, hundreds of parents and teachers attended and assisted with the activities. The Conservancy’s environmental education programs reach approximately 50 schools, public and non-traditional, as well as homeschool groups and scout troops. Some of the schools include: Brimley, Rudyard, Pickford, Mackinac Island, St. Ignace, Moran Township, and Cedarville in the upper Peninsula. In the lower Peninsula, classes from Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Mackinac City, Indian River, Littlefield, Pellston, Boyne City, Ellsworth, East Jordan, Beaver Island, and Boyne Falls have been involved in our programs.