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Light shines through the forest at Nan Weston Nature Preserve in Sharon Hollow.
Nan Weston Nature Preserve A narrow trail cuts across the forest floor while rays of sunlight stream through the trees. © The preserve is a dynamic area, featuring more than 260 species of wildflowers and native plants.

Join The Nature Conservancy at MSU’s Science Festival

Visit our TNC table on April 1 and 2 at MSU or attend our BioBlitz hike at Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow!


The MSU Science Festival is a free annual celebration of science fueled by the essential elements of scientific inquiry: curiosity, wonder and discovery. Taking place throughout the month of April with events for the whole family to enjoy, the festival explores topics ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary. From astronomy to music, and chemistry to microbiology; scientists and educators across the state are eager to share the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

Visit Our Table: Stop the Reef Thief!

Did you know you don’t have to travel to the ocean to see a reef? Join conservation staff from The Nature Conservancy to learn about reefs found in the Great Lakes! At our booth, you get to be the ecosystem engineer for the day. Design your own reef to provide habitat for some of Michigan’s common native fish species, then take on the role of predator or prey to put your design to the test. We’ll have hands-on examples to teach you about some of the common native and non-native invasive species found in the Great Lakes.

  • Saturday, April 1, 2023 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at STEM Teaching and Learning Facility Room 2202
  • Sunday, April 2, 2023 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at STEM Teaching and Learning Facility Room 2202