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Keweenaw Natural Areas Season Gets Underway

North Woods Conservancy may have a different name, but their purpose is still the same.

The new name of the organization is Keweenaw Natural Areas and President John Griffith says the change more accurately reflects the group’s location and mission.  Some of the materials still have NWC on them, but all will gradually transition to KNA.

The website is now www.KeweenawNaturalAreas.org (and the old www.NorthWoodsConservancy.org re-directs automatically to the new site as well).

KNA has a new intern, Tess Peterson!  Tess is a student at MTU (BS Wildlife Ecology, Class of 2020).  She will be staffing the Nature Center MWF 12-6 and Sat 12-4, and will be at Seven Mile Point Saturdays 5-sunset.  She’s in charge of the Nature Center and arranging SMP volunteer hosts.  You can reach her at the NC at 906 370-9022 (call or text) or by email tessp@mtu.edu.

The KNA Nature Center at the Ahmeek Streetcar Station is now open and Seven Mile Point opens this weekend.  The NC is in the lower level of the Ahmeek Streetcar Station (next door to the ice cream window), 4 miles north of Calumet on US 41.  Nature Center hours are Monday-Friday 12-6, and Sat-Sun 12-8 (note, for this weekend only, the NC is open ONLY Sat 12-4; full hours start Monday).  Please stop by and meet Tess, donate for 2019, buy a raffle ticket or a t-shirt (coming soon), or get maps/ directions to the KNA Natural Areas.  When Tess isn’t there, Elicia or Miranda will be.  Also, the Ice Cream Window is open every day 11 am – 9 pm (10 pm on Fri-Sat-Sun), and the Ice Cream Crew can help you with KNA stuff.  If it’s not too busy, they will open the NC for you.

Seven Mile Point opens this weekend, Saturday, May 25!  SMP will be open Saturday and Sunday and Monday holidays, noon to sunset, thru Monday October 14 (Indigenous Peoples’ Day).  As noted, Tess is in charge of SMP staffing this year, and she will do the Sat 5 pm-sunset shift.  Ann Testini will do many of the 12-5 Saturday shifts (as she did last year, thanks Ann!).  We’re still looking to cover Sundays and Monday holidays 12-5 and 5-sunset.  You can camp overnight at SMP if you host!  As always, please keep in mind that SMP is accessed by 2 miles of private road, and is surrounded by private property.  Please drive slowly, and please stay on KNA property; the boundaries are marked at the tree line and with a rope attached to a crate at the water’s edge.

Details have also been released on the KNA Raffle as they plan on awarding a Subaru CrossTrek during their End of the Season Party in October.  It will be on display at the NC all summer (when it’s not at fairs). Tickets are $100, only 1,000 are available, and there are 5 prizes: 1st CrossTrek, 2nd $1000, 3rd $750, 4th $500, 5th $250.  Tickets will be available at the NC, SMP, Ice Cream Window, from KNA members, or by mailing a check to KNA, PO Box 124, Calumet, MI  49913.  This raffle pays for Seven Mile Point.  The drawing will be held at the End of the Season Party at SMP, Monday, October 14, at 5 pm.

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