The Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society, (MERES) was formed in 1996 as an outgrowth of the Muskegon Conservation Club. It acquired land that was to become the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve in 1997. Since that time, the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve has served the environmental educational needs of 1,100 kids per year and been a sanctuary for some 19,000 people who just walk the trails of the Preserve. MERES is a 501-C-3 tax exempt organization and operates without any direct government assistance. We are totally dependent on donations and grants. Several dedicated volunteers have worked many hours to provide this little place for nature in the heart of an urban community.
The former dump looked a lot like these photos. There were huge piles of broken concrete and trash. With the help of generous contributors and many hours of volunteers, this dump was converted to a unique place in a urban setting, a nature preserve where citizens can walk and enjoy the many different kinds of birds and other wildlife. A place where school children can come and study the environment. A place where teachers can come and learn how to teach the environment. Approximately 5,000 students visit the nature preserve each year for environmental education programs.