What’s with the Title?

“Dirt time” is all about getting out there and doing things in nature.

  • It could be searching for amphibians on a rainy night in spring (shameless advertising: Night of the Amphibians is coming up soon at the Dahlem Center – mark your calendar for April 15 and 16).
  • It could be going fishing at your neighborhood pond with your buddies or your self.
  • It could be digging your first vegetable garden (like the Community Gardens at the Dahlem Ecology Farm).
  • It could be removing invasive species, like autumn olive or garlic mustard, from your property…or from the property at your local nature preserve (check out the upcoming Work Bee days:  Jackson Audubon – 26 March at Haehnle Sanctuary and 9 April at Kate Palmer Sanctuary – http://www.jacksonaudubon.org/Newsletter/BirdTracks.pdf; the Dahlem Center – 16 April).
  • It could be visiting the same location day after day and recording all the things you see and hear as the seasons change.
  • It could even be something as simple as joining Dahlem Naturalist and Stewardship Coordinator, Gary Siegrist, Tuesday mornings at 9:00 for a nature hike.  Some days he takes the group birding, sometimes they look for animal tracks, and other times they visit nearby natural areas.  There’s no telling what you will learn in a couple hours with Gary.

Whatever the activity, “dirt time” involves actually doing something outside.  It’s going beyond the books and the computer.  There’s only so much one can learn from the pages of a book (and this is coming from a devout bibliophile), and we all know how limited the internet can be when it comes to facts.

A great place to start your journey into nature, and getting dirty, is at the Dahlem Center.  You can join us for a program or a class, or you can go it alone at your own pace, in your own time.

So, get out there!  Get dirty!  Make it a goal to learn something new every week (or better yet, every day).


About Dahlem Center

The Dahlem Center is a non-profit nature center/environmental education center located on almost 300 acres just south of the city of Jackson, Michigan. The Center is one arm of the Dahlem Conservancy, which includes land conservancy and stewardship in its mission.
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3 Responses to What’s with the Title?

  1. Carrie Benham, Naturalist says:

    Thank you for starting up a blog page for the Dahlem Center. Hardly can wait to learn and read more about nature and all it’s glory. My mother always said if we returned home DIRTY from playing outdoors, we had a great day full of fun! Smart lady.

    Just a couple quick edits needed;
    1) Dates for Night of the Amphibians is Friday April 15 and Saturday April 16.
    2) Dahlem is not a place to go fishing…. unless it’s hooking goldfish from the front pond. 🙂 haa haa

    See you soon whether it’s on the trails and/or weekend programs.

  2. dahlemcenter says:

    Good morning, Carrie!

    Actually, I wasn’t trying to suggest fishing at Dahlem – just getting outside in general and going fishing. It just happens that I suggest Dahlem for each of the other activities, so I can see how one might come to that conclusion. Will try a rewrite.

  3. Looking forward to your interesting posts!

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