Vol. 16 No. 2
I should ask that a gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life..." Rachel Carson
In this issue...
Reflections from the President
Nature Area Open
Late July - September
from the President
We hope you're enjoying summer and finding some quality time outdoors with friends, family or some of our alfresco creatures. Put your feet up and take a little break-we all need to do that sometimes. The Conservancy had an exceptionally busy Spring. Things went into high gear for the weekend of April 19th and 20th when our members participated in both the island Clean-Up sponsored by the Kiwanis and the River Clean-Up by Friends of the Detroit River.
On Sunday, we hosted our annual Earth Day celebration at the Centennial Farm. The rain held off so that we could enjoy a delightful walk in the woods to learn about the diversity of trees there, as well as a little history of the farm. Thanks to Terry Laesser, we were again fortunate to have the wonderful high school volunteers from Riverside Academy in Dearborn. The young women helped with several games for the children and led interesting hands-on demonstrations bringing to life the importance of wetlands to a healthy ecosystem. The program ended with an engaging show on Birds of Prey presented by the Howell Nature Center. Since the event was advertised in the Detroit Free Press, we had many off-island visitors, including a couple who came from Livonia.
A few days later, Margarete Hasserodt assisted with planting trees at each of our Grosse Ile elementary schools for Earth Day. Several weeks later, in partnership with the Grosse Ile Recreation Department we sponsored a hands-on tree planting workshop at Centennial Farm. If you missed the class, you can find tree planting tips at our website: www.ginlc.org on the Education page.
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