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Chippewa Nature Center Elects 2019 Board Members, Acquires Property

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February 21, 2019
Chippewa Nature Center
Elects 2019 Board Members, Acquires Property

Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) held its annual meeting on Wednesday, February 20.

It elected board members Carol Van Wert (Michigan Baseball Foundation) and Sharon Caldwell (WhichCraft Taproom). Van Wert currently serves as Executive Assistant/Grants Administrator for the Michigan Baseball Foundation. She and her husband, Eric, returned to the Midland area after two years living on Hubbard Lake, in Spruce, MI. Van Wert is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland and has been a regular volunteer at CNC for the past two years.

Caldwell and her husband, Richard, are the owners of WhichCraft Taproom, a popular craft beer bar that opened in 2013 in downtown Midland. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region, having previously served on both the leadership board and the executive board of directors. She has a professional background in marketing and academic publishing. Sharon is a native of West Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree from Albion College. She and her husband have been living Midland with their daughter since 2008.

Board members Nancy Carney; Rob Maxwell; Jamie Ross, M.D. and Brian Holmes were re-elected to a 3-year term. Retiring board members Adam Bruski, Chris Gaumer and Dr. Marianne McKelvy were thanked for their service on the board.

Announced at the board meeting was the acquisition of a 272.33 acre parcel of land located west of Chippewa Nature Center’s River Point Property and north across the Chippewa River. The property was generously gifted to the Nature Center from Kriss and Carol Arbury.

The meeting concluded with a presentation by Michelle Fournier, Interpretive Naturalist, on ‘Nature’s Untouchables.’ Plants and animals that bite, sting or poison are often misrepresented and frequently exterminated on the spot, Fournier explained why these plants and animals are essential to a balanced ecosystem, what actual risk (if any) they may pose to people and how those risks can be mitigated through awareness and preparedness. Some of these feared animals, especially bats and native pollinators such as bees, are on the brink of extinction and need all the help they can get through conservation efforts.

For more information, visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org or contact CNC at info@chippewanaturecenter.org or 989.631.0830.

Chippewa Nature Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect all people with nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. Enjoy free admission to 19+ miles of trails from dawn-to-dark, 365 days a year. The Visitor Center, located at 400 S Badour Rd, is open 8 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday and select holidays. Learn more at www.chippewanaturecenter.org.

Jamie Hockstra
Chippewa Nature Center
Director of Marketing & Communications
400 S Badour Rd, Midland, MI 48640
989.631.0830 | 989.631.7070 f