An Open Letter to Dahlem’s Friends, Supporters, Donors, Members, Sponsors, Visitors, and Parents

October 9, 2020 Update

Sprucing Up Dahlem at the Saturday October 3rd Work Bee. Thank you to the hard working volunteers and Dahlem staff who came and helped spruce up Dahlem last weekend!

Annual Fall Work Bee October 3rd was a Great Success
Thank you to the following hard working volunteers that came out last Saturday to remove invasive plants, weed around the north building, spread wood chips on the Playscape, cleaned windows, organized and cleaned the pole barn, and painted the Sugar Shack. Board Volunteers: Tom Davey, Justin Phelps, Pat Huebner, Bob Basore, and Ryan Phillips.

Non Board Volunteers: Errine and son, Austin Cobb, John and Kim Haynes, Misty Brunette, Kathy Clark, Sally Royce, Jim Sheil, Shayla Williams, Marilyn Fryer, Darold Ebersole, Andy Walz, Zach Gillette, Bethany Buchanan, Thomas Hoard, Libby Greanya, and Mike McClafferty

Sugar Shack Gets a New Coat of Paint — shout out to Board Member Pat Huebner for organizing the much need painting of the Sugar Shack with her band of volunteers, John Lane, Bob Basore, and Keith Wellman.

Goblin Walks October 24 & 25 Saturday and Sunday afternoons
Will be held during the day because of COVID but it is still going to be a fun event! There will still be the great educational skits, photo opportunities, and a snack to take home. Pre-Registration is required. The hours are Saturday October 24th, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Sunday the 25th the hours are 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Register online at or call the office during business hours 517-782-3453.

Explore the Night; Trail Hikes, Observations and Astronomy! Kicked off on August 20th with Part 2 & Part 3 held Thursday night September 17th and October 15th to full crowds. They have been a glowing success. There is one more session planned for November 19th.  See details and register online at the Ella Sharp Museum website.  Program generously sponsored by CP Federal Credit Union.


Annual Poinsettia Sale Fundraiser
Please help support Dahlem by buying your holiday Poinsettias at Dahlem. Once again we will be selling a beautiful selection of poinsettias for your holiday season starting October 1st. Orders can be placed online October 1st to November 1st at Poinsettias can be picked up at the office starting December 4th, or call the office at 517-782-3453 to schedule an appointment for the following week.

Annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale
Unfortunately, the much beloved annual Holiday Bazaar  and Bake Sale has been canceled this year because of COVID-19.

Community Gardens
Unfortunately, the September 17th frost brought an early end to most gardening activity. It was a great growing season with a bountiful harvest. I hope to see all the gardeners back next spring.

Thank You to our Generous August Donors:
Barbara Anderson
Joan Parker
Karen Barnes has elevated to the Legacy Circle Donors
Jason Covalle
Edward Scott
Jackson Host Lions Club
Marilyn Meadowcroft
Dr Gedy Love
Patricia Huebner
Nancy Stehno
Michigan Small Business Restart – $3869 Grant
CP Federal Credit Union – $1250 Sponsorship for Explore the Night

October Benefit Luncheon has been cancelled due to COVID-19
In its place we are putting the final touches on a video that will be distributed electronically. Dahlem needs your financial support more than ever. Please contribute to whatever level you are able to afford. This year has been a nightmare for everyone. Despite the hardships all of us have endured, I take satisfaction and pride with what Dahlem has accomplished this year. It was not easy – not everyone could have done what we did and will continue to do so in the future. Experts predict that 30-40% of nonprofits will close permanently because of COVID. Dahlem will not be in that group. With your support, Dahlem is well positioned with our dedicated staff and volunteers to move ahead boldly in an uncertain future to accomplish our mission of providing environmental education and outdoor experiences.

Stay well and be Healthy! Thank you for your continued support of Jackson’s Nature Place.

Ben Dandrow
Executive Director

As a 501(c)3 Dahlem completely relies on the generosity of donors, members, and grants to keep our programs running. Please make Dahlem part of your legacy by remembering us in your year end donations and during estate planning. Click for more information and Thank you!