2013-04-18 / News

Lab will be open April 22

Residents encouraged to visit on Earth Day

MANISTIQUE – The Environmental Education Laboratory committee is welcoming residents out to its labb on the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day – April 22.

Created in 1970 by the late U.S. senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day, observed annually on April 22, is meant to show support for environmental protection.

“The lab is the perfect representation of what Earth Day is all about,” said EEL Committee Chair Doug Smith. “Twenty years ago, a group of hard working volunteers spent Earth Day cleaning up the former dump with a vision of returning the 80-acre site to the environment.”

Today the lab highlights diverse upland forest habitat and wetland species along its nature trails.

“The lab’s annual photo contest for 2013 is in full swing,” Smith said. “Who can think of a better way to preserve the beauty of the area than by taking pictures of spring emerging on the laboratory grounds?”

Photos submitted for the annual contest must be taken on the grounds of the Environmental Education Laboratory by Dec. 31; must be submitted in 5x7 or 8x10 formats; and both black and white and color photos are eligible. Entry forms may be requested by sending an email to environmentallab@live.com.

All entries must be submitted by Jan. 30, 2014 to EEL Photo Contest, c/o Laurie Lindstrom, Manistique Middle School, 100 N. Cedar St., Manistique, MI 49854.

The lab is located about three miles east of Manistique.

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