The Nature Center Newsletter



P.O. Box 462

Port Austin, Michigan  48467



June, 2012


Dear Nature Center Supporter,

I'm writing to update you on the activities going on at the Nature Center.  We continue to support outdoor education through our summer programs and our Lady's Slipper Festival.  Our board members participated in the Embracing the Earth program at a Huron County Middle School this spring where we distributed brochures and displayed a large map of the Nature Center.  There were approximately 4,000 people at the event.  The Lady's Slipper Festival drew over 350 people on Saturday and about 75 people on Sunday, even though Mother Nature decided to rain on the festival.

The Gift Shop at the Nature Center is up and running and is open on weekends this summer.  Many thanks to the women who volunteer their weekends to work in the shop.

Our website is being continually updated and will switch over to a new format in the near future.  You can visit our website for the latest schedule of events at

In March we began renovations of the large community room in our Visitor's Center and discovered other problems, mostly due to the age of the structure, which resulted in major work being required.  These repairs included a new roof, siding, windows, doors and more.  The cost of these repairs has exceeded $31,000.  The building looks great now!  You can see some pictures on the website.  Thanks to D & D Construction who completed the work at minimum cost.

The funds used to pay for all the work on the Visitor's Center and the summer programs has been donated over the years by individuals like you, grants from family trusts, Nature Center fund raisers, and from corporations.

The cost of operating the Nature Center continues to increase and with the major outlay of funds for building improvements, our accounts have been severely taxed.  You have donated to the HCNC in the past and we hope that you will support us now. Among other things, we are in need of folding chairs.  For just a $25 donation you can purchase a chair that will be used in the community room during classes and functions.  Contributions can be sent to:  Huron County Nature Center, P.O. Box 462, Port Austin, MI 48467.

Thank you for your continued interest.


Ed Raby


Huron County Nature Center





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