Dow in Michigan - Dow Helps Build a Greener Nature Center in Midland

Dow Helps Build a Greener Nature Center in Midland

Photo showing Dow people at CNC (Left to right: Rachel Larimore, CNC, Director of Education; Dave Frurip, Dow Chemical, former President of CNC Board; Marianne McKelvy, Dow Chemical, President of CNC Board; and Dennis Pilaske, CNC, Director of Interpretation.)

Since the 1960s, The Dow Chemical Company has supported the Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) through donations, volunteer efforts and financial support. In his role as president of the Midland Nature Club, Dow employee Howard Garrett first appointed a study committee to explore the possibility of establishing a nature center in Midland in 1963. By 1965, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation had leased 198 acres of land at the confluence of the Pine and Chippewa Rivers to the Chippewa Nature Center. Garrett went on to become the CNC’s treasurer in 1966.

Since its inception, the CNC has implemented hundreds of programs that help people enjoy and learn about the environment. The more than 50,000 people, who visit the center every year, can participate in canoe trips, take nature hikes and learn more about the natural world that surrounds them. The CNC has long been a place for education and play, but with support from Dow, it’s becoming a greener, more sustainable resource for nature education, hands-on experience and personal engagement in protecting the natural world.

Dow’s contribution of up to $250,000 in cash to the Center’s Capital Campaign and its donation of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of products are helping to build a Visitor’s Center that demonstrates green living. Dow products like STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene and GREAT STUFF PRO™ Polyurethane Foam Sealant will promote energy efficiency and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, while innovative photovoltaic technology will be used to transform sunlight into energy.

“This company I love has these great aspirations to help people globally,” said Marianne McKelvy, an analytical chemist at Dow and president of the CNC Board of Directors. “Because of this, I’m able to merge two things I love – Dow and the nature center.”

At Dow, combining the spirit of the Human Element with powerful chemistry that improves our world comes naturally.

Learn how you can help strengthen the bond between chemistry and humanity by supporting the CNC at

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