Boyd B. Banwell Nature Preserve
The Agnes S. Andreae Nature Preserve and Andreae Cabin are named after Agnes S. Andreae, who donated the cabin and 27 acres of land to the Little Traverse Conservancy in 1983 so that the peaceful wilderness experience that it offers could be protected for future generations. Today, the preserve’s size has grown to 181 acres, with 1.35 miles of frontage on the Pigeon River. The preserve contains a cabin, a footbridge that crosses the river, and a one-mile-long hiking trail.
Check out the plants and animals found at this preserve using the iNaturalist guide below. Help us document more with iNaturalist.org and eBird.org.
Visit the Nature Megaphone
Google “A Nature Megaphone Art Estonia,” and you will see the images that prompted Little Traverse Conservancy staff member Charles Dawley, to think it would be a fun idea for a Little Traverse Conservancy nature preserve.
Charles held onto this idea for a couple of years before the Petoskey High School Building Trades class agreed to do the construction. Donated wood from The Home Depot sealed the deal. The megaphone was completed in May 2019, and it was placed in June.
How to best use it? Crawl inside, lie still, and stay quiet. The design amplifies sounds filtering into the opening and lets you focus on your senses more profoundly.