In search of an outdoor adventure this summer? Look no further — Woldumar Nature Center in Lansing is the perfect place for those in need of a lot of sunshine and nature. “Woldumar is a great spot for those looking for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life,” said Executive Director Lori McSweeney. McSweeney, who grew up camping and exposed to lots of outdoor experiences, first attended college to study the environment. Later she switched to a business degree, making her the right candidate for Woldumar’s executive director position. With a goal to expand people’s knowledge of nature and the community’s history, along with a hope to bestow her same experiences growing up with nature on the children who visit, McSweeney said Woldumar gives visitors a chance to experience nature like she did. “A sense of place and a sense of peace, that’s what comes to mind when people first visit,” she said. And who wouldn’t feel at peace in the quiet five miles of trails Woldumar offers? “We provide a place where people can decompress,” said McSweeney. “People get off the trails and they think they are up north.” Founded in the mid 1960s, history at Woldumar is rich. With the beautifully restored Moon Log Cabin — donated by General Motors — and their blacksmith shop, one can experience a look into the past. Visitors can also explore natural beauty during Woldumar summer programs. From summer camps to volunteer opportunities there is something for the future naturalist and even those who consider themselves the indoors-y type. “Volunteers are very important to Woldumar, since the center is not tax funded,” added McSweeney. “Because we don’t take tax dollars, our budget is small. We rely heavily on volunteers and we make sure they know the value of their service to us,” she said. Don’t forget to join Woldumar every third Saturday of the month for fun and educational activities. There are campfire stories, nature walks and canoe rentals — enough to satisfy any explorer’s taste for adventure. Saturday, July 21 head to Woldumar for their Boating Bonanza, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy eco tours and canoe rentals, and help keep the Woldumar Nature Center thriving. Visit www.woldumar.org for more information or call (517)-322-0030.
Ellen Dowling is a student at Lansing Community College. She plans to transfer to a university where she intends on studying journalism. She loves photography, poetry, art and exploring the city she loves with her dog by her side.