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Providing environmental education and land
conservancy services to the residents of
south central Michigan.

Little Acorns

The mission of the Dahlem Little Acorns Nature Preschool is to provide an environment for children to explore, create, imagine, learn and grow through hands-on activities and experiences; to promote social, emotional and cognitive skills; and to instill a lifelong love, respect and understanding of nature.

End of Year Giving

Consider an end-of-year donation to Dahlem as a way to help with our mission to provide environmental education and land conservancy services to the residents of south central Michigan.

Dahlem Membership

As a member you receive free or reduced admission to public programs, advanced registration and reduced rates for Outdoor Adventure Summer Day Camp, and a 10% discount on purchases in the Nutshell Gift Shop.

Upcoming Events

Dec
10

Porcupine Quill Medallions

These birch bark discs, decorated with porcupine quills, make simple holiday gifts and great tree decorations!  Using techniques and patterns of many northeastern tribes, you will create at least one medallion to take home.
Jan
10

Family Winter Fun

Wrap up your holiday break by spending the morning outside enjoying winter.  Weather depending, we will make frozen soap bubbles, ice sculptures, look for tracks in the snow, and more!  Afterwards, we will warm up inside with hot cocoa and homemade cookies.

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The Dahlem Environmental Education Center updated their cover photo.Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 7:28am
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Laurie Eberts-Carson What a great idea! I would use a playground like this.
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The Dahlem Environmental Education Center shared David Wolfe's photo.Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at 4:11am
Bharani Dharan Before insisting it to someone else (even to our kids ) the first and foremost thing is we need to practice this....because they (kids) do what we do....Now it's our turn......
Laurie Neverman David - so glad you appreciate what I wrote last year. I'd appreciate it even more with proper attribution. I'm Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Homesteading, and this is my quote.
Neal Bahrman good point, poor illustration. as someone who grew up with those skills, I can tell you this is a posed and inauthentic photo. Wrong tool, wrong posture, wrong work support, everything about this photo screams "inauthentic, phony, posed, ignorant, and insincere." But of course, completely acceptable. And therein lies the problem. Kinda hard for a poseur to convincingly preach a return to authentic skills, but in our society the illusion of skills and the glamor of celebrity status trumps the value of actual skills every time. Sad.
Ben Widick What if.... You taught the kid to use a wood saw instead of a hack saw!!÷÷ i see the point of this. Just had to point that out. Or was the point we're giving the kids the wrong tools to learn with? Could be a double learning point in this... Hmmmm.
Sherika Taljaard It might not be cheap or easy as some comments suggest and yes people work hard and long, but it can be easier as you think. Next time you boil an egg, show them (kids) what you do. Let them help you prepare food, take them shopping and teach them the value of money, play a game with road signs and show them when someone does something wrong ( but remember to teach them at the same time what the correct way is), let them watch the handyman next time if you don't fix it on your own. And my list goes on and on and on. This is all basic things, but it will help them in the future, it will build them into strong independent children with good morals. It is also a good way to spend time together and form a strong bond in today's busy lifestyle.
Delsnoedgara Sitilge This is just what i have been doing with my boys they are 4 6 and 8. All know how to climb trees , build stuff, feed chicks, weed the green house pick apples, make a fire, catch, clean and cook fish and most of all how to share and look out for each other.
Donald Chuah Cheng I recall my grandma taught how to look after the live stock, take care the pet dog, running errand for her n help carried heavy load from market , shop n buy lottery number 😂
Marianne Thacker It's going back to basics. Teach the children skills that are creative and fun. To much X box, TV and junk food are destroying our childrens interactive skills. Balance love. Variety and praise is what's helpful to there growth xx
Lori Michael Yes I agree because we don't know what this world is coming too we don't know what tomorrow's going to bring we might have some dark days. It's going to be hard we need to learn the children to get back to Growing their own food it might be for survival
John O Patty O truth! Doing that! The importance of these skills are being realized as the world progresses. Learn to fix your own things instead of putting them in the landfill! Grow some or all of your food with your kids so they know where there food comes from! A huge way to reduce your carbon foot print. Take responsibility for educating your own kids.
Ron Keller The loss of common sense and allowing electronics so deeply into your life will destroy all . Electronic devices have dumbed humanity down to the point they cannot feed them self. Most people today don't know where the sun rises or sets
Robert Roizman Kids are like sponges. If you teach them the real life skills, they will need as adults, then they will have a better chance of making their way through life as grownups. Since higher education will be out of reach for many, due to ever escalating costs, than what they learn as children will sustain them without the burden of a heavy debt. We need to instill survival at a very early age, that will be needed more than degrees in higher education that produce no skills.
Lisa Steele What if...instead of stealing someone else's content, you instead creating your own? Yeah, our society sure HAS lost sight of what's truly important in life. Stealing is wrong.
Sylvester Whyte If parents can't or don't do it, children won't. Parents, not schools, not governments, not media, not society, not religion..... Parents create what is asked here.
Beverly Watson had a friend who lived alone & didn't have anyone to help her with stuff around her house so she called the high school to see if anyone one wanted to come & help her with things. She usually got 2 to 4 guys willing to help. She did pay them but had no trouble getting help. So I guess some parents teach their kids to help others especially seniors!
Dorie May I live in inner city LA where my grandsons' daycare just announced their new plans to introduce gardening and animal husbandry to the young children. So when I read this post it echoed the same message, until I started reading the negative or criticizing comments. OMG - Can we just agree how awesome it would be to teach children to love beyond themselves, their tablets, Netflix, etc - just the sheer joy of taking care of someone/something or building something with their own hands? Please!!
Lee Grenier This quote was stolen from Laurie, writer of Common Sense Homesteading, without contribution. That's both dishonest and probably a copyright violation, especially if she has any terms or other legal statements protecting her intellectual property on her blog.
Rosie Louie great idea...strongly feel with personal opinion school system needs to be revamped as program is so very antiquated...I never, never used algebra I learned in my youth to carry it into my adult life, our youth need to learn about 'everyday life', family, careers, pay bills, how to deal with daily & routine 'life', and gardening too.....
Gill Furlong Get them away from the tv / video games, playstations, etc and do something indoors or outdoors, practical and constructive with them !!!! 😊😊
M Teena Tetzloff-King This is what we of Casa de Chrysalis plans to do for the at-risk teens with whom we'll be working. This along with a good academic education will make for well-rounded citizens.
Melinda Caskey I cant afford a garden. Tools seeds critter control. A few hundred dollars and no guarantee it will even yield food. Cant afford a sewing hobby either. Fabric notions machine elastics buttons. All adds up to cost more than the made-in-china pre-made clothes. Same with woodworking. Wages are flat while prices rise. All our time is spent at jobs with little result. Maybe guaranteed minimum income would help us step off the treadmill.
Catherine Page Wood What a great quote from Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Homesteading! Please be sure to edit this photo to give her proper attribution.
Jenny DeRosia I think that used to be called "Shop, Home Economics, Auto Mechanics, and Art." Imagine what one could create if this returned to all grade levels, but even that is an old way of imagining a school of today..."grade levels."
Helen Thornock Thats all good, but I keep hearing about "participation trophys" now " gold stars". I think rewarding participation had an important purpose and still does. It often takes great courage to participate in certain activities, which teach a variety of social and life skills when supervised appropriately. That courage can then be applied to an endless number of situations throughout life.
Janine Paradiso This is so obvious I want to start a rebellion against giant baby people who can't do things that make us the wonderful creatures we can be. I include myself in this... Too much schooling makes us all good for ruling! and I'm not being ruled thanks very much. I want to grow up to be able to feed, clothe , shelter myself and if I can't, then something is very wrong. And we modern folk like to think we can educate those who still live in villages and who still do grown up life for real! We are undeveloped. We are so fucking stupid I cannot believe it... Just look at a line of cars stuck in traffic.. the usually one twit in each at the wheel sitting there like a dense mass. Excuse me but this is so angry making... We are destroying ourselves...
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Holiday Bazaar sneak peek. Come on out to Dahlem this Saturday 10am-4pm to shop local for wonderful baked goods, crafts, art, fresh wreaths, swags and greens. The Nutshell Giftshop is packed with new items. And there is over a dozen Silent Auction items for you...