LANSING, Mich. — Fenner Conservancy is receiving $10,000 from the Consumers Energy Foundation to support the construction of their additional building, the Susan and Jack Davis Nature Pavilion. This structure will be the centerpiece of a more than three-year, cross community, multi-partnership effort supported physically and financially by Consumers Energy to restore 19 acres of fallow, barren land to native grassland prairie filled with wildlife.
“We are excited to help the vision for the Davis Nature Pavilion to become a reality and look forward to seeing Fenner Conservancy connect with the next generation of children in the Lansing area,” said Carolyn Bloodworth, secretary/treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “This project is a wonderful example of our commitment to people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity.”
The $10,000 grant will go directly to the design and capital construction costs of the Davis Nature Pavilion. The four-season, accessible building will add more than 1,600 square feet of indoor teachable space and more than 600 square feet of covered outdoor space, quadrupling Fenner Conservancy’s capacity for environmental education programming and offering additional opportunities for community gatherings.
“Consumers Energy consistently demonstrates their commitment to our planet by supporting local conservation initiatives like our prairie restoration,” Fenner Conservancy executive director Liz Roxberry said. “The Consumers Energy Foundation’s support of the Davis Nature Pavilion not only demonstrates their commitment to our shared environmental values, but to our community, our cultural vibrancy and our economic prosperity.
“Thanks to the Consumers Energy Foundation’s support, the new building will allow for additional environmental education programs, volunteer trainings, corporate retreats, think-tanking, affiliate group meetings, reunions, graduations, weddings and more, all in a space that cultivates community and stewardship ethic through environmentally-conscious place-making.”
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