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Enjoy a springtime walk and learn about the legacy of W.K. Kellogg

Walk the grounds of the W.K. Kellogg Manor House estate and look for historical artifacts in honor of W.K. Kellogg’s land donation that created the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station. Beginning Sunday, May 31, through Saturday, June 13, the public is invited to watch a short biographical film about the Kellogg family, download a copy of the Manor House estate scavenger hunt, then tour the estate grounds. The Manor House is located at 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, in Hickory Corners.

 

Visitors must adhere to the following safety rules. If the Manor House parking lot is busy or full, please return later or on another day.

  • Follow all posted signs.
  • Wash your hands before visiting, and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Do not use the trails if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Maintain a six-foot distance from all other visitors on the grounds and in the parking lot.
  • Bring your own water.
  • Keep in mind that all buildings, including public restrooms, will be closed.
  • Please leave dogs at home. If you must bring a dog, bring your own bags and clean up after it.
  • Pack out any trash.

    The annual Sustaining the Vision event, originally scheduled for the early April, typically involves tours of the Manor House, historical reenactments, and free admission to the Manor House and Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. This year, the format has been adjusted to allow for greater social distancing. Grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk.

    The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary trails also are open to visitors during normal operating hours. The Sanctuary has a number of scavenger hunts and other games to play on the trails. The Bird Sanctuary is located at 12685 E. C Avenue, in Augusta.

    Similar safety rules apply at the Sanctuary, with one significant exception: absolutely no dogs are allowed on Sanctuary property.

    To learn more, visit conference.kbs.msu.edu and birdsanctuary.kbs.msu.edu. Direct questions to the Manor House at (269) 671-2400 or conference@kbs.msu.edu, or to the Bird Sanctuary at (269) 671-2510 or birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu.

    About the Manor House

    Built beginning in 1925 and completed in 1927 on the highest point overlooking beautiful Gull Lake, the Manor House was once the summer home of W.K. Kellogg. The Manor House’s mission is to share with the public Kellogg’s legacy of philanthropy as well as information about the research undertaken at the Kellogg Biological Station. The Manor House hosts special events to further support KBS’s research and education mission, and is available to tour independently year-round or with a docent by appointment.

    About the Sanctuary

    The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to conserve native habitat for migratory and resident birds and to promote environmental awareness through research, education and outreach. Since 1928, the Sanctuary has served as a practical training school for animal care and land management, and remains an innovator in wildlife conservation efforts.

    About Kellogg Biological Station

    As Michigan State University’s largest off-campus educational complex, KBS has put its land-grant values into practice for nearly a century, providing the public with examples of science’s crucial role in sustaining natural and managed communities. KBS students and faculty work to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow. To learn more, visit kbs.msu.edu.