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

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New Donation Box on the south side walkway of our beautiful Natalie Emmons Children’s Garden maintained by our wonderful Master Gardeners. Please help maintain our wonderful trails!

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.

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.

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The Dahlem Environmental Education Center shared a link.Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at 1:24am
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How to help a Snapping Turtle Cross the Road
This video demonstrates multiple methods you could use to help a large Snapping Turtle across the road.
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Kelli Grenoble Good to know. Thank you for sharing this.
Jim Grenoble David A. Mifsud- Nice PSA, don't you think?
Julianne Brawner Eric Brawner
Patricia Jean Reynolds Wonder how pissed the turtle was after all those demos.
S Marie Hall That turtle is so mad now!
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The Dahlem Environmental Education Center added 2 new photos.Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 8:54am

Little Acorns Nature Preschool is OUT for the summer. Congratulations to the 4 year old students on their graduation last night. Now it's on to the next chapter.... summer camp!

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The Dahlem Environmental Education Center shared a post.Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 11:59am

We could do this for camp. What do you think?

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The Dahlem Environmental Education CenterFriday, May 26th, 2017 at 5:43am

Thank you for the super huge froggy thank you card from Mrs. Patrick's kindergarten class at Arnold Elementary. Love it!!

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The Dahlem Environmental Education Center added 6 new photos.Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 8:28am

Double-header today, May 24. School programs; 'Who Lives There?' for Arnold Elementary kindergarten classes; and 'Debris Shelter Building' for LIFE Homeschool group (4-17 years). Busy-great day at Dahlem! Thank you for coming out to explore and learn in Nature's classroom.
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The Dahlem Environmental Education Center shared a memory.Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 8:13am

Be aware of dangers, like these plants!

Scioto County Storm Chaser Center Poison oak has leaves that look like oak leaves, usually with three leaflets but sometimes up to seven leaflets per leaf group. It grows as a vine or a shrub. Poison oak is more common in the western United States, but it is also found in the eastern United States and, rarely, in the Midwest. Poison sumac has 7 to 13 leaflets per leaf stem. The leaves have smooth edges and pointed tips. Poison sumac grows as a shrub or small tree. It is found in wooded, swampy areas, such as Florida and parts of other southeastern states, and in wet, wooded areas in the northern United States. Poison ivy usually has three broad, spoon-shaped leaves or leaflets ("Leaves of three? Let it be!"), but it can have more. It may grow as a climbing or low, spreading vine that sprawls through grass (more common in the eastern United States) or as a shrub (more common in the northern United States, Canada, and the Great Lakes region).
Scioto County Storm Chaser Center It would be nice if the 403,344 people that saw this post would like the Scioto County Storm Chaser Center's facebook page.
Scioto County Storm Chaser Center Be sure to Like our facebook page here for all your Weather Information for the following Counties in Ohio, Adams, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, and Scioto, and also the Counties in Kentucky, Greenup, and Lewis. We had 559,612 that this image was Viral Reached.
Lisa Anne Kelley Peter The poison ivy in our yard has five leaves. It's poison ivy alright!!! I have gotten the horrid rash every summer. The vines run all over our yard. I bet we would have to dig up the whole acre to get rid of it. Oh and it vines up the trees too
Leslie Caputo Welch Don't EVER EVER burn any of it! The oils travel in the smoke and get on everything. My neighbor did that and I ended up at the hospital and on steroids because it got in my eyes. DR said I was extremely lucky, if it had gotten in my lungs it could have killed me.
Todd Eubanks To dispel some of the myths above. 1. All three have the same toxin "urushiol". 2. Any soap will remove the oil but the length of time between contact matters and is different for varying degrees of allergy. 3. Poison oak and poison ivy both have three lealflets and are of the same genus. Sumac always has 7 or more leaflets, never 5. Virginia Creeper has 5 leaflets and is toxic to a small percentage of the population who are allergic to the oxalate crystals in its sap. For most this is a benign plant. 4. If you are allergic to one, poison oak, ivy, or sumac then you are allergic to them all.... Again they all produce the same toxin. 5. You cannot contract the rash from someone else's rash unless they literally have not bathed since touching the plant..... Only the oil from the plant will cause the rash. Just some facts from an agronomist. Have a nice day.
Sondra Toomire Leaves of 3 leave them be is what I was always told 🙂
Katy Whitlock I know, when I was a camp counselor, I would take groups of 20 out in tents, with 3-4 other counselors. I am (thankfully) not allergic to poison ivy, so I would hold up the plant for the kids to get a good look at. "One in 20 people are not allergic to this plant. I am the one, you are the 20! DO NOT TOUCH anything that looks like this guy!" Then I'd have to wash my hands for 5 minutes.
Karen Hollifield Gonzalez So much evil in one little plant.
Cheri Young Stuckey Another Plant to look out for where I live (PA) is what we call Itch Weed (Stinging Nettle). You rub against these and its horrible!! All those tiny needles you can BARELY see stick in your skin. Here is a link to show you the plant. If the remedy isn't on this link, its easy to search it. They sneak up on ya in the weeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinging_nettle
Sherquyta Rachell What are these three leaved beauties? It kinda looks like poison oak but im not sure. Please help
Margaret Tarpey Collins Jewel weed is a natural antidote. Usually found near the ivy patch. Leaves of three, let them be!
Dan French Should post a pic of jewlweed (the remedy) should any one come in contact with any of these. It usually is found close by. Ill try to find a pic tonight (unless someone else has a chance)
Kate Shartzer Another good use for duct tape! If you realize you have rubbed up on any poison plants put tape on it & pull off. It pulls the oil off the skin. At least that is what I've always done! Poison ivy free 20 years & counting(knock on wood)!
Michelle Roehl If you KNOW you HAVE to be near it, like to clear out a patch, you can rub dish soap on your skin to keep the oil from penetrating your skin. I had to clear a HUGE poison ivy vine from a tree in our house's yard right after moving in. I didn't even put on long sleeves and wore sandals but COVERED myself in Dawn. I ended up with one very tiny spot on my hand where the rubber gloves broke and I hadn't applied the soap. That is it. Hope this tip helps someone.
Sandy Kessler Leaves of three, leave it be! 🙂
Paul Thompson The trick is to somehow get Monsanto in on it. They've got Washington and photosynthesis on Earth so by the roots and a crime for anything to germinate they can't make a buck off of...
Gary Douglas Better do search on posion ivy as it comes in many shapes and forms bush vines scrubs small tree
Ray Watson Leaves of three, let it be. Leaves of five, let it thrive.
Debbie Scheeringa Poison ivy saying, leaves of three leave it be, in Ontario anyway
Le Jane Bandy Liebhart That second one is not poison oak; it's just plain old oak. Poison oak looks just like poison ivy, only it's upright instead of vineing.
Scott Walker mmm...salad!
Malyndia Parks Goff-Koontz Plenty of poison Ivy in my flower bed yuck!!
Nik Meeks Actually many different varieties of poison ivy exist. Leaf morphology can be smooth and rounded or jagged like the pictured example
Susan Webster If you do happen to come into contact with it rinse the exposed skin in COLD water. Do not use warm or hot as this will open your pores and spread it faster. Take expose clothing off outside or turn it inside out and don't put them in the hamper with other clothes. Wash in cold water. Your pets can bring it in on their coats too. It's the Urushiol oil from the plant that causes the rash.
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The Dahlem Environmental Education CenterThursday, May 25th, 2017 at 5:28am

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The Dahlem Environmental Education Center shared NaturePlay's post.Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 9:49pm
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The Dahlem Environmental Education CenterWednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 3:46pm

St. Mary Star of the Sea kindergarten and first grade students spent Tuesday morning learning about animal adaptations at Dahlem. Thank you teachers Mrs. Higgins and Mrs.O'Neill, students and chaperones for visiting. We had a great time.
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The Dahlem Environmental Education Center shared Tamires Thomas's post.Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 8:47pm

 

 

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