Our educators are busy creating new programs
for your students!

Have a special request? Give us a call and we can create a program to fit your GLECs or scout badge requirements.

Laura Quist – Conservation Educator. Laura has been on staff since 2015.  She has a passion for sharing her love of non-game wildlife conservation issues. Laura has 15 years experience in non-formal science education and a BS in Biology from St. Andrews University. She’s worked at zoos, nature centers, conservation organizations, and locally at Kettunen Center. For the 3rd year, she is also leading a science-based 4-H Club called the Wild Ones. Laura is certified in 2 national environmental education curriculum, Project Learning Tree and Project Wild and is currently pursuing Environmental Educator Certification through a pilot program with Michigan Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators.

Kate Nietling helps Kate Clous’ Lake City HS students remove invasive shrubs from the public trails at our offices.

Kate Nietling – Stewardship Technician
Kate joined our staff in 2016. She has a BS in Environmental Biology/Zoology from Michigan State University and has worked in different areas of environmental science for eight years. She served two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer and is trained in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. While stationed with the US Forest Service, Kate assisted with wildlife surveys and fire management efforts in the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia.

Becky Bode – Compost & Recycling Educator
Composting and Vermiculture Workshops and Recycling Presentations

“Black gold” – just another name for compost because it is so valuable to your soils and healthy gardens. Learn the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms, known as vermiculture.  Becky can include a make-and-take session and help you build your own “worm bin,” getting a starter batch of your very own worms. Becky also coordinates our Recycling Center and holds certicifications from the Michigan Recycling Coalition.


Enter our 2017 Poster Contest!  Missaukee Conservation District annually hosts a Conservation Poster Contest. 

Theme for 2017: “Healthy Soils are Full of Life”. Winning entries in each age category move onto the State and National competitions for cash prizes. Entries may also be featured on our website, events and publications. Winners of our local contest move on to complete at State and National Contests, for cash prizes up to $200.


Our educators can be scheduled for presentations to your students to support this contest at your location or ours. Visit our N.E.W. Nature Trail and use our outdoor classroom for your program. Programs and materials are available free of charge, thanks to your support of the 2014 Missaukee Conservation District millage. Enter this spring, summer or fall. Call for details today!


Deadline: Completed entries with forms attached into our office by October 10, 2017.

Educator Resources for “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life” Conservation Poster Contest:

2017 PowerPoint Presentation An overview of soils, the contest rules, and elements of a good visual poster display.
2017 Resource List Websites, links and resources for further soil study!
2017 Contest Rules (Please read these first.)
2017 Entry Form(Must accompany each poster.)

Contact us to schedule a program.

Basically Bats, preK – 2nd grade
Duration: 45 minutes
A seasonal activity, timed with Halloween, called “Basically Bats” is now available for scheduling. Appropriate for pre-K to 2nd grade, this 45-minute program compares the similarities between birds and bats. The program is free, thanks to the 2014 Missaukee Conservation District millage. We will:

  • Read Stellaluna, the award-winning book by Janelle Cannon
  • Discuss bat facts, myths and a bit about Michigan’s bats
  • Address key standards: animal adaptations, predator-prey relationships, senses
  • “Bat – Moth” initiative: an interactive game where students take on the role of a bat and “echolocate” to find food
  • Make and take: students create a paper glider, the size & weight of an average Michigan bat

NMCS 7th and 10th grade students take time in the field to monitor water quality in local streams. They are one of three schools and a 4-H club participating in this activity with our staff.

Loretta Slocum and her Lake City MS class have adopted a garden plot at our public gardens and will create a Monarch WayStation in 2017. Saving plants and starting seeds were just two of the activities which students have been involved (photos 1 & 2, left to right). Pollinator Club (photo 3) and Monarch tagging (photo 4) are just two examples of community activities put on by the district. Join us this spring, summer, and fall!