CNC Receives Hemlock Semiconductor Grant to Foster Nature Connections
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2021
Director of Marketing and Communication
CNC Receives Hemlock Semiconductor Grant
to Foster Nature Connections
Chippewa Nature Center (CNC), located at 400 S Badour Rd in Midland, has received a $5,500 grant from the Hemlock Semiconductor Donor-Advised Fund at the Midland Area Community Foundation. The grant will help provide for program materials and equipment enabling CNC to continue to offer children, adults and families of the Great Lakes Bay Region access to meaningful, authentic nature experiences that help them connect to the environment and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, engage in healthy outdoor recreation and become stewards of natural resources. The Midland Area Community Foundation provides philanthropic leadership to strengthen our community by fostering collaboration and giving today and in the future. The Midland Area Community Foundation Focus Area in which the grant funding was received for was Enriching our Community.
This equipment will be used in free and low-cost programs offered at CNC, as well as at land conservancies, schools, colleges and other businesses and organizations throughout the region. These programs allow people from all socioeconomic backgrounds to engage with the natural world through hands-on learning and discovery. Audiences served include students attending school and scout field trips, Nature Preschool students, children attending Nature Day Camp and thousands of youth, family and adult visitors to public programs. Examples of those programs include paddling trips, river exploration, aquatic ecosystem exploration, snowshoe hikes, winter ecology and orienteering.
Nature Preschool and Nature Day Camp serve families from across the region. They provide in-depth nature experiences that have a lifelong impact on the participants. The grant will provide for discovery packs, camping equipment and play equipment and more. These materials will extend and support exploration of the natural world, helping build environmentally conscious citizens.
Access to nature is important to physical and mental health, quality of life and overall well-being. CNC is proud to provide the resources for this connection and for nature education. Support of outdoor recreation, exploration-based and scientific study equipment from the Hemlock Semiconductor Donor-Advised Fund helps make it possible for CNC to offer these impactful programs and increase the number of people served.
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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 12-5 pm Sunday and select holidays with free admission. Learn more at www.chippewanaturecenter.org.