Partner Organizations

Organizations That Partner With Dahlem


The mission of The Big 400 is to prepare and execute plans that stimulate commerce in the communities sharing a common border with local and state public lands, while concurrently partnering with the stewards of these public lands to promote and encourage their use and preservation.


The City of Jackson’s 27 beautiful city parks and numerous programs are managed by the Parks and Recreation Department. It is responsible for the oversight and maintenance of all outdoor activities, facilities and land areas located within our community. With more than 50,000 people annually partaking in recreational offerings of our City, the department’s role is increasingly vital to the prosperity of the Jackson community.


The Ella Sharp Museum provides opportunities for everyone to explore, engage in, and enjoy history and the arts. The Ella Sharp Museum opened on October 3, 1965. With our 50th anniversary approaching the museum is still meeting the challenge of bringing the visual arts and the area’s history to visitors through exhibits, community festivals and outreach programs.

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The mission of the Jackson County Visitors Bureau (DBA: Experience Jackson) is to promote Jackson County and its attributes to individual visitors and groups as a unique, affordable and attractive place to vacation, host an event or conduct a tour.


The Fitness Council strives daily to improve access to and awareness of physical activity opportunities for all Jackson County residents. Our programs, events and advocacy aim to promote active living; where walking, biking and being active are part of your daily routine. Being physically active doesn’t mean you have to run marathons – just get out and do an activity you enjoy!

Gee Farms

Gee Farms originated as an apple orchard in the mid 1800’s till the early 1900’s. We raised long horn cattle and Shropshire sheep before Gary and Gary’s father, Wendell, switched to dairy production. While in high school Gary was a member of the FFA program and started raising pumpkins and other various vegetables. In the late 60’s Gary married his wife Kaye, and started raising pickling cukes and peppers for commericial processing companys. The Gee’s started dealing with nursery stock in the 1980’s, and from then on we have blossomed into what we are today.


Founded in 1990, the Grand River Environmental Action Team is a local 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of and restoration of the Upper Grand River Watershed in Jackson County of south central Michigan. GREAT organizes clean-up activities & monthly public canoe outings to create environmental awareness.


The Jackson Audubon Society (JAS) is a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society. The mission of JAS is to instill in the people of Jackson County an interest, knowledge, and appreciation of birds and other wildlife. JAS promotes sound conservation methods by helping restore wildlife habitat, helping prevent pollution, preserving outstanding wildlife areas, managing the Kate Palmer and Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuaries, and educating the public. JAS works with the Michigan and National Audubon Societies and other organizations that are working to conserve our natural resources and protect the environment.


The College owns more than 500 acres and sits on a scenic rural site six miles south of the city of Jackson, and also operates JC @ LISD TECH in Adrian, the Clyde E. LeTarte Center – Hillsdale, and North Campus in Jackson. In June 2013, in light of the College’s decision to begin development of curriculum for two new bachelor degree programs and increased efforts in international studies, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name to Jackson College.


The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce (JCCC) is an association of businesses and non-profits that wish to strengthen their business, mission, and the Jackson Community. Through promotion, advocacy, collaboration, networking events and education, the JCCC supports its members.


The District is a locally elected nonpartisan entity of state government, whose purpose is to promote wise land use decisions, based upon the capability of the natural resources of Jackson County, through technical assistance and education. The District is NOT a regulatory agency. We provide education and technical assistance to residents of Jackson County. JCCD is administered by an elected board of five directors that oversees the District staff.


The Jackson County Intermediate School District (JCISD) is an educational service agency chartered by the State of Michigan to work in collaboration with local public school districts and charter schools.Their mission is focused on improving student success in Jackson County, and they do that by improving the quality of education in Jackson County, making it more cost-efficient, and helping students, parents, educators and community members get the most out of public education.


The Michigan Master Gardener Association was created as an educational and service organization serving Master Gardener Volunteeers throughout Michigan.


The Jackson District Library traces its roots to 1863 when a group of men formed the Young Men’s Association. On March 15, 1865 a reading room was opened at 272 West Main Street on the second floor of the Durand block. After much debate and many motions and counter motions, it was decided to subscribe to 21 newspapers and four magazines. In 1865, 239 books were donated; while in 1868, $1,000.00 was spent for books. The library now had 1800 volumes and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state in 1869.


Jackson Public Schools is a safe and respected institution, providing a nationally recognized and accredited program for all students. The school staff, Board of Education, and community have forged a partnership, which demands quality in student programming, instructional techniques, and fiscal management, while building trust and understanding. Improving stud
ent achievement is the most important characteristic of this district. Jackson Public Schools is regarded as one of the best public school districts in the country.


Since 2001, Jackson School of the Arts mission is to make the arts accessible to Jackson County youth regardless of their financial means.  The work of including, finding and providing programs to students not served anywhere else is at the center of the Jackson School of the Arts efforts.  In September 2007 the “school” relocated to the ART 634 building next to Armory Arts Village.


The Jackson Symphony Orchestra has a rich and vibrant history serving the Jackson area since 1949. Our mission is to add value, joy and enrichment to the lives of all Jackson area residents through music. The Jackson Symphony strives to impact the lives of everyone in the community either directly through performances and education programs or indirectly by offering positive programs and arts support in collaboration with community agencies, educators and other arts organizations.



JTV is America’s only 100% local television station. We produce our entire program lineup right here, and maintain a positive and local focus. In addition to our television programs, JTV provides award winning video production for marketing, training, web and other uses. JTV Studios can assist with your marketing and branding needs, with a full suite of services including logo design, website design, event support, video production and other marketing services.


The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization located in Kalamazoo, Michigan whose mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world.


Legacy Land Conservancy protects forests, prairies, farms, wetlands and waters – today and forever.


Since 1985, Liberty Environmental Landfill has provided south central Michigan with up-to-date facilities utilizing state-of-the-art engineering, construction, monitoring and operating processes.  The landfill is constructed with double clay and double composition liners.  It has a leachate collection and monitoring system designed to ensure protection of the environment long into the future, providing peace of mind for our customers.  We are committed to responsible recycling, waste transfer, and disposal in our efforts to meet the needs of industry, homeowners and businesses.


The Michigan Butterfly Network seeks to assess the changing population status of our state’s butterfly species, evaluate the quality of Michigan ecosystems, and engage the Michigan public in significant citizen science research.


Are you having your share of fun? In our increasingly complex world the answer is typically “of course not!” It’s getting more and more difficult to unplug-unwind and fall back into natural rhythms to rejuvenate ourselves. That is why we paddle kayaks. Once we’ve left the launch site, within a few short minutes, we’ve reconnected back through time to a world of utter simplicity. There’s just us, our kayaks and paddles, and the always-changing waters. And before we know it, we’re getting our gentle, relaxing exercise while adding precious FUN back into our lives.


The purpose of Recycling Jackson (RJ) is to coordinate, plan, and advocate for a clean, healthy environment in Jackson County through recycling. Since 1983, Recycling Jackson (RJ) has focused on establishing recycling sites in Jackson County and educating children and adults about the benefits of recycling. Local interest and involvement in recycling has increased since RJ’s founding due in part to RJ’s services and educational efforts.


Established in 2003, the Raisin Cluster (RC) works in the communities of Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Washtenaw Counties to protect the natural areas that grace the Upper Raisin and Grand watersheds. The Raisin Cluster supports strategic networking opportunities among stewards and encourages community members to build lasting connections to natural areas.