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Celebrating nature

By Staff | Jun 3, 2008

Several hundred turned out for the Emmet County Nature Center dedication Saturday at Wolden Campground. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

If the run on hot dogs was any indication, several hundred turned out Saturday for the Emmet County Nature Center dedication at Wolden Campground.

The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation board of directors and area legislative dignitaries touted the center as something of which everyone in the county could be proud.

“We just want to add our congratulations,” said Representative Marcie Frevert. “You’ll find that it isn’t large enough. But it’s a tremendous start.”

“We’re all interested in our natural resources and protecting our natural resources,” said Senator Jack Kibbie who said he hoped to see a $2 million increase in Resource Enhancement Assistance Project grants for 2009.

Kibbie said he had a home at Ingham Lake for 20 years, just across the road from the Nature Center. “We kind of grew up here,” he said, noting of Wolden Campground, “It’s a wonderful atmosphere. This is a great start and a wonderful area.”

Emmet County Nature Center Foundation members include Eric Anderson, Greg Matheson, Kim Swanson, Viola West, Kieth Hildreth, Dave Enerson, and Steve Weisman. Foundation members not pictured are J.D. Speltz and Phyllis McKean. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Emmet County Conservation Board Chair Steve Weisman said Monte Burrell of Green Acres Homes, general contractor for the project, had prior commitments and could not be at the dedication. “He wanted you to know the pride they feel in this project,” Weisman said.

“People have donated time and sacrificed their profit for this to happen,” Weisman said, adding that the Emmet County Nature Center Foundation was two-thirds through with fundraising.

Weisman said the Nature Center will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers are welcome to donate their time to help staff the center by calling 712-867-4422.