Stories of Meaningful Change


Stories from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Interns Work to Enhance Experience at Local Sanctuary

Visiting Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary are committee members Linda Hathaway, Teresa Ciesielski, Ron Stack and Sheila Petty; along with MNA staff, interns and volunteers.

Two enthusiastic interns and a grant from the Franklin D. Adams Fund made a big difference this summer for the Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary in Fenton. Located within the city limits, the 155-acre sanctuary is a much-loved natural area for residents.

The $14,100 grant to the Michigan Nature Association (MNA) supported improvements in visitor accessibility and safety. Beyond the paid internships, grant funds were used for a new native plant garden and the removal of invasive species in priority areas.

During the summer, members of the Fenton Community Fund Advisory Committee, which awarded the grant, received a first-hand look at the improvements during a special tour.

"Dauner Martin is a wonderful, hidden asset thanks to the foresight of the Dauner family who donated the property to MNA," said Sheila Petty, Advisory Committee Vice Chair.

"We are thrilled with the results and are excited to share them with the community to increase visitation and promote awareness of this wonderful property. We are grateful to June Adams who established the Fund in honor of her husband and his great enjoyment of the natural environment."