FINEVIEW, NY – The Clarkson University Institute for a Sustainable Environment and the Friends of the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center kicked off their new partnership on October 28 on Wellesley Island. Assistant professor of Biology Stefanie Kring and the Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, Susan Powers, worked with a group of 12 students on shoreline cleanup, and gardening work at the Nature Center. After their hard work, students had a sneak peek of the exhibits in the newly renovated Nature Center. This kickoff event was designed to increase interactions between Clarkson and the Nature Center.
The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center (MACNC) is located within Wellesley Island State Park and was founded on the principles of environmental conservation and education. The MACNC campus not only includes a nature center but also nine miles of hiking trails that are open year-round for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The MACNC offers a multitude of environmental programs including guided hikes that educate visitors on the history of Wellesley Island and the greater Thousand Islands Region.
“Establishing a formal partnership between Clarkson and the Friends of the Nature Center, will create more opportunities for Clarkson students and faculty at the Nature Center and in the Thousand Islands”, said Stefanie Kring, Assistant Professor of Biology and Friends Board Member. “This event is hopefully the first of many successful collaborations between these two institutions,” said Kring.
“Engaging our students in community service in a manner that also gets them to experience and value our natural environment in the way that the MACNC partnership enables is critical for helping them develop the sense of place and love for the environment that is essential for their understanding of their role as a professional in sustaining our natural world,” Powers said.