MARGUERITE GAHAGAN NATURE PRESERVE
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.
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.
||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.
Buy a copy here! All book sales benefit MGNP's environmental education programs.
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!