MARGUERITE GAHAGAN NATURE PRESERVE Follow gahagannature on Twitter

Welcome to the Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve! Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve is a non-profit organization run by volunteers and funded by its members, generous donors, and the endowment left by Marguerite Gahagan herself. Her former estate now serves as a public wildlife sanctuary and is open to the community for hiking, biking, and sightseeing. MGNP is dedicated to preserving Marguerite Gahagan's legacy of outdoor appreciation and communication by offering environmental education programs for area students and communities. We host field trips, camps, and guided tours for many schools and organizations in the area. If you are interested in the preserve or its programs, use the links above or contact us for questions, requests, and scheduling.


Sponsor an Education Program at Gahagan
The future of Gahagan's environmental education program needs your help!

Every year, thousands of people from our region visit Gahagan Nature Preserve to learn about their environment and develop an understanding of our natural world.  Thousands more children experience the benefits of our preserve when our educator leads students through the forest on field trips or brings the outdoors right into their school through the Visiting Naturalist and E.L.F. programs.  In this changing technological world, bringing nature to our children and our children to nature is crucial for their well-being and for the development of a strong environmental ethic.

Unfortunately, our ability to continue providing environmental education to the community has been threatened by changing financial circumstances, and we now find ourselves at a crossroads. Gahagan requires a qualified naturalist to run and maintain our year-long education programs, but this position cannot be feasibly sustained with our current resources.  Increased operational costs and reductions in available funding sources have also forced us to seek new ways to finance this effort. 

We are thus embarking on a mission to secure the financial support neccessary to maintain our successful programs for years to come. Our board of directors has prepared a detailed prospectus that describes our educational programs, our finances and our prospects for the future. The link to this document is below. We ask that you review this prospectus to see if there is a part of our programming that you or your organization may wish to sponsor. Our desire is to provide quality environmental education programs at a minimal cost to our area schools and libraries, and we hope that you might help us continue to inspire and inform our surrounding communities of the value of wildlife and wild places.

Gahagan Sponsorshop Prospectus


PW cover Pine Whispers: The Biography and Writings of Marguerite Gahagan

Marguerite Mary Gahagan (June 22, 1907 – January 4, 1997) was an award-winning journalist, author, and conservationist. She wrote, edited and published The Northwoods Call, a small weekly newspaper that quickly became an influential conservation publication in the state of Michigan. Marguerite took the approach of an investigative journalist when reporting environmental issues around the north woods of Michigan. She operated the paper by herself for nearly 16 years, and her dedication to conservation communications has been recognized by Time Magazine, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Association for Women in Communications. This legacy continues on in the form of Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve, located at Marguerite's former estate in Roscommon, Michigan.

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Did you know that MGNP provides environmental education for many of the schools in the surrounding counties? Did you know that the 60-acre preserve is open to the public for hiking, snowshoeing, birding and many other uses? Did you know we have an asphalt and boardwalk trail that is wheelchair friendly? It travels through woods and wetlands and along the beginnings of Tank Creek. Interested in learning and helping? Please join us!

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