Saginaw bay nature festival
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.
In 2019, 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 2019, the Muter Outdoor Fund presented a $1,000 check to help sponsor the 2020 Festival.
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 and distributed tree seedlings to approximately 3,000 elementary and middle school-students throughout Arenac and Bay Counties.
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.