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Saginaw bay nature festival

The Muter Outdoor Fund is proud to support the annual Saginaw Bay Nature Festival spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Standish and Pinconning

The Saginaw Bay Nature Festival seeks to connect people of all ages and backgrounds to our land and water and highlights the rich natural resources and recreational opportunities available to those in the Saginaw Bay Region. From March through May, members of the Rotary Club hosted dozens of public outreach events ranging from classroom presentations, fishing clinics, school field trips, public tours, and arts activities for Saginaw Bay youth and their families.


We look forward to continuing and deepening this important partnership with the Rotary Club and hope to support 2021 Festival programming in whatever format it may take. To learn more about the Festival, click here

Our Impact By Year 

The Muter Outdoor Fund hosted nature photography activities with 32 middle school students from Standish-Sterling Central High School and Pinconning Middle School in May. Students received instruction in the classroom before heading out to a local park to practice what they learned. Students engaged in scavenger hunts and other fun outdoor activities as they searched for interesting plants, animals, landscapes, and other subjects to photograph. Students returned to their classrooms to look through their images and select their favorites which were exhibited at the 2022 Nature Festival Banquet. They also teamed up with the Rotary Club to host a community nature photography event at Pinconning Park. 


The Muter Outdoor Fund purchased additional cameras in support of the Rotary Club's forthcoming activities and hosted virtual photography workshops for students from Standish-Sterling Central High School and Pinconning Middle School.


The Muter Outdoor Fund made another $670 contribution to the Festival in 2020 which helped the Rotary Club purchase 12 digital camera kits to support the addition of youth and family nature photography programs to the Festival’s spring 2020 activities. While most of the 2020 Festival’s in-person activities were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary carried out a successful youth art contest.

The Muter Outdoor Fund supported transportation expenses for nearly 100 4th grade students from Standish-Sterling Elementary School to attend field trips to Pinconning Park where they explored and learned about Michigan's birds.  At the Rotary's annual banquet in May, the Muter Outdoor Fund presented a $1,000 check to help sponsor the 2020 Festival. 


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