Consumers Energy Foundation Supports Arbor Day

Jan 18, 2016

The Consumers Energy Foundation Supports Arbor Day



Contact Information

Jennifer Hunnell

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3

Charlotte, MI  48813

Phone: 517-543-1512 ext. 114



Sent: 1-12-16


For Immediate Release: On or after 1-12-16


CHARLOTTE, Mich., Jan. 12, 2016 – The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance(MADA) is proud to announce that they have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

The rising cost of field trips is one of the most difficult challenges to overcome when it comes to outdoor experiences for children. Teachers want to include a variety of experiences in their lessons, but are not able to due to budget concerns. With the help of this grant, MADA will be able to help our participating teachers with some of those costs. School districts attending the State Arbor Day Celebration will be able to receive a $100 bus stipend to cover some of the cost of getting students to the event.

MADA is strives to provide quality education resources and experiences to our Michigan educators for free. Grants such as the one provided by the Consumers Foundation go a long way towards making this possible each year.

“I am incredibly happy that we will be able to help our teachers with transportation once again. This was a service we were able to offer in the past, but due to increasing event costs, had to cut. It is rewarding to have it back,” said State Arbor Day Coordinator Jennifer Hunnell.

The State Arbor Day Celebration invites second and third grade students from Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, Ionia, and Jackson counties to come to Potter Park Zoo for a day of outdoor fun. Students learn about a variety of nature-themed topics like water, wildlife, and trees, while being engaged in hands-on activities and games. The 2016 State Arbor Day Celebration will be on Friday, April 29.


The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI and made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.