A woman examines the flora at TNC's Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow.
Hiker at Sharon Hollow A woman examines the flora at TNC's Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow. © Michael D-L Jordan/dlpphoto

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GPS-based Audio Tours Bring Visitors Closer to Nature

New Preserve Experiences from The Nature Conservancy

It’s Earth Month and The Nature Conservancy has the perfect adventure for Michiganders this spring!

TNC is giving everyone an outdoor experience enhanced with stories, historical perspective, fun facts and natural sounds—all held in the palm of your hand. Visitors to a new feature (nature.org/miexplore) can find all of that and more when they download GPS-based audio tours for these TNC preserves across Michigan:

·         Carl A. Gerstacker Nature Preserve at Dudley Bay, Mackinac County

·         Echo Lake Nature Preserve, Marquette County

·         Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow, Washtenaw County 

·         Ross Coastal Plain Marsh Preserve, Van Buren County 

Users can download the free TravelStorys app to a device and use the tour onsite while hiking the preserve or visiting from a home or classroom.

“We’re excited to offer these additional options to experience nature regardless of place or ability,” TNC Protected Lands Project Manager Shaun Howard said. “Making our preserves more accessible and equitable, while teaching the value of not just the preserve itself, but the larger ecosystem they showcase, as well as their historical and cultural context, is a priority for us here at TNC. It’s important to us that as many people as possible have the ability to enjoy Michigan’s natural beauty.”

Find additional ways to enhance your preserve experience at nature.org/miexplore or download the TravelStorys app to your device from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 75 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 38 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.