• Connecting outdoor educators to the science behind resource management

    The nature center summit is an opportunity for our nonformal education partners to learn, ask questions and discuss Michigan’s changing natural resources base.

    Nature centers, zoos, camps and other nonformal education settings reach thousands of Michigan citizens with programming and messaging about Great Lakes ecosystems, wildlife and forest resources. College faculty also reach thousands of students in higher education. We need your help to educate the public with factual information!

    Join us Friday, Feb. 15, 2019  at the Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center in Roscommon for a rare opportunity to hear Michigan’s natural resources experts all in one setting. Stay overnight for a fun networking opportunity as well!

    What is it?

    This day-long workshop will feature the DNR professionals that research and manage these resources for the citizens of our state. We have pulled together the DNR “expert” on each topic, so you will be hearing the most current, science-based information available.

    Topics include:

    • Bear, wolf, cougar updates
    • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)
    • Wildlife health issues
    • Invasive carp and other aquatic invasive species
    • White-nose Syndrome
    • Forest health issues
    • Michigan Fisheries report

    Who should attend?

    Staff from Michigan nature centers, zoos, aquaria, camps and other nonformal education venues that focus on environmental and natural resources education. Higher education faculty teaching these topics in biology, zoology and other related courses.


    $25 for conference workshops, lunch included

    $100 for conference workshops, and shared room at the RAM Center Friday night (includes Friday lunch, dinner and Saturday morning breakfast)

    $150 for conference workshops, and single room at the RAM Center Friday night (includes Friday lunch, dinner and Saturday morning breakfast)

    Registration is limited. For more information contact either Jon Spieles or Kevin Frailey.