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Saddened by news of Sprinkler Lake closing

October 16, 2012
The Alpena News

It was with a very heavy heart that I received the news that Sprinkler Lake Education Center is closed for this fall. I have been an educator there for 11 years and have helped develop and execute a most unique, original, and educational curriculum. We have offered area children the opportunity for the formation of a relationship with the out-of-doors that not only builds lifetime knowledge and skills, but an appreciation of God's wonderful gift to us all. Both parents and chaperones of our school children were as awed as the students themselves in participating in classes that I only wish my own children could have enjoyed. Whether it was water quality, global positioning, wetlands, edible, medicinal, and poisonous plants, animal homes, populations of living things, reptiles and amphibians, soils, mammals, or our own unique "Sprinkler Species," and countless other topics, the class experience was one only to be achieved by being there at Sprinkler Lake. The closing of our facility is a very great loss for our school children, our parents, and the quality of our local education. We had something special, something that I am proud to have been a part of, something that offered our children an experience like no other. The closure of Sprinkler Lake Education Center has taken from our children something so priceless that the loss of such has undermined the essence of our humanness-living with nature itself.



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