Yellow Dog Nature School
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
~ Frank Lloyd Wright
On June 10-12, we will honor our past, present and future volunteers with River Camp, a week-end retreat where participants may deepen their awareness of the interrelationships within our ecosystem through learning about wild plants and uses, birds and animals, insects and fish from local experts. We will hike the river and have time for conversation and feedback around the fire at night. Food and entertainment will be provided, but participants should bring their own tents and sleeping gear. Space will be limited. Call 906-362-8521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
More and more studies indicate and confirm what we may have intuitively known for centuries: Interaction with nature is vital to our well-being. Research shows that time spent in or surrounded by nature reduces stress and anxiety, increases brain function and efficiency, and keeps us happy. In a world with ever increasing technology use, urban development, and academic and professional demands, this connection with nature will be more important than ever. To meet these needs, the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, with financial support from the Community Foundation of Marquette County, is ready to launch its Yellow Dog Nature School this 2016 season.
In 2015, members and landowners within the watershed, Jan Zender and Rochelle Dale, developed the Yellow Dog Forest Retreat on their property in the Yellow Dog hills overlooking Deer Creek. The retreat area has an outdoor cooking and dining facility, gravity fed shower, ash bark lean- to, traditional wigwam, and a composting out house. The couple has offered YDWP the use of the grounds to host several events this spring and summer.
Our first event in May was a school day with Powell Township 3rd-8th grades. Jan took the students on a tour of traditional and indigenous architecture, demonstrated birch bark canoe building techniques, and told traditional stories inside the wigwam.
Also watch for dates and specifics on YDWP’s face book site for other upcoming events:
1. Building a clay bake oven in July
2. Coalition building day in August
3. Forest Yoga in September
4. Fall colors hike in October
Because of the Yellow Dog watershed’s compelling wilderness and the preserve’s passionate members, this nature school is bound to be unique.
Many thanks to the Community Foundation of Marquette County for their generous support.