Connect with Nature Through TravelStorys Smartphone App

Chelsea, Michigan | May 04, 2018

Looking for a deeper connection with nature? Listen to the remarkable stories about The Nature Conservancy’s Nan Weston Preserve at Sharon Hollow with a new audio tour on TravelStorys, a free smartphone app.

The new audio tour guides listeners as they walk through forests and over wetlands to reach the River Raisin. The audio tour includes stories about the preserve, its vernal pools and rare species found there.

Each story plays automatically while walking past the site, guided by a smartphone’s GPS. People can walk at their own pace while the audio tour synchronizes with the geographic coordinates to describe the ecological significance of an exact location.

Located near Chelsea, TNC’s Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow contains a unique mix of forest, grasslands and tree-lined waterways. Visitors can walk the spur-path and boardwalks along the trail to see a wide variety of plants and animals.

The preserve also provides critical stopover habitat for migratory birds, as well as rare, threatened species such as the eastern massasauga rattlesnake and eastern box turtle. Vernal pools that form for a brief time in the spring provide habitat for frogs and salamanders to lay eggs. Spring brings a carpet of trillium plants that cover the forest floor.

Recent updates to the preserve including a large expanse of boardwalk make the preserve accessible year-round, so visitors can enjoy exquisite fields of wildflowers in the spring and an incredible show of colorful leaves in fall (watch video).

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 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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Melissa Molenda
The Nature Conservancy
(517) 230-0818


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