Engaging the Community at CMERC

CMERC Binoculars.JPGWe have an expansive definition of community relative to CMERC that includes MSU educators, researchers, students, agency partners, and Native and Indigenous populations from across Michigan. The center is open to the public and is used by members of the community for wildlife watching, cross-country skiing, photography, and walking. Our goal is to build and continue to strengthen relationships with community members. CMERC aims to be a welcoming site that strives to meet the needs of those who want to engage with the broad resources and knowledge creation that CMERC has to offer. 

Since 2018, community activities at CMERC have spanned multiple areas including:

  • Site for MSU Extension programs (e.g., Conservation Stewards, Master Naturalists, Master Gardener, 4-H camps)
  • Community science participation (e.g., citizen science, eBird, BioBlitz, iNaturalist)
  • Development of an oral history interpretive trail that explores CMERC’s agricultural past 
  • Creation of more ADA-accessible trails and an accessible bird banding station
  • Site for community field trips for local clubs, youth scouting programs, and senior living facilities 


Request to Host Community Activity at CMERC

Volunteer at CMERC