Woldumar offers healthy, outdoor fun
By Julie Newell
Autumn is approaching and the trees are showing signs of changing color. Many people are working from home, many schools are doing virtual learning, and people are encouraged to not go out as much and social distance.
What better way to get out of the house and marvel at the changing of the season than to go to Woldumar Nature Center, located at 5739 Old Lansing Road, west of Lansing.
“Woldumar is an environmental education center; our mission is to educate people about our natural environment,” Executive Director Kevin Wernet said. “What we’re fond of saying is that Woldumar is more than a park; it’s a cause and it’s a community.”
At Woldumar, there are five miles of trails to hike. It is a great place to birdwatch, view wildlife, take nature photography and get some exercise. In the winter the trails are open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
“We’re a place where – for over 57 year – we’ve had summer camps, we’ve had school field studies, we do community programs,” Wernet said. “In addition to those educational programs that we offer, we are a place where we encourage people to come out here and use the trails, view wildlife and get some exercise, take the dog for a walk.”
Since many schools are doing online learning, Woldumar Nature Center decided to work with Lansing Public Schools to help kids learn more about nature.
“Lansing schools is doing what they’re calling learning labs,” Wernet explained. “Starting next week, we’re going to have Lansing Public School students coming out here.
“It’s going to be kind of a hybrid program, where they’re doing the virtual learning they are required to do for school … bringing in their own devices and using our Wi-Fi, and then we’ll be filling in the gaps for the rest of the day doing our own environmental education programing.”
Woldumar is open from dawn until dusk 365 days a year. Being a non-profit organization, a $2 donation is suggested for non-members.
There are COVID-19 safety measures in place; masks are required on the property and people must maintain social distancing.
For more information visit www.woldumar.org