Mission, Vision, and Values


Providing environmental education and outdoor experiences to the people of south central Michigan.


Dahlem will be the one word that communicates excellent environmental education, brilliant nature center experiences, skilled land conservancy leadership, and sustainable ecology farm growth.


  • Promoting the concept that everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner
  • Encouraging learning through hands-on and field experiences
  • Fostering an understanding of the complex interactions of natural populations
  • Developing new concepts in environmental education
  • Preserving the earth’s diversity
  • Providing community leadership on ecological issues
  • Teaching stewardship by upholding the highest standards of ethics, honesty, effectiveness and accountability
  • Fostering the Conservancy’s mission through a welcoming and friendly atmosphere