We are blessed with wonderful, dedicated, and extremely qualified staff at the Kropscott Farm Environmental
Center. As just one example, please read the following announcement regarding a well deserved award just received by SHERRY CLAFLIN:

MUSKEGON, Michigan, May 19, 2017 - The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) is pleased to announce that the 2017 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) Michigan State Winner is Sherry Claflin, science educator with the Annis Water Resources Institute‚ Muskegon Community College and the Kropscott Farm Environmental Center. The annual award is for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level."

The Central Section Committee of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers was particularly impressed with Ms. Claflin‚ ability to adapt her lessons by using individualized strategies and new materials, her ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students, and her collaboration with other schools and organizations to expand student opportunities.

NAGT was established in 1938 with the goal to improve geoscience education, emphasize the relevance and cultural significance of the earth sciences, and to disseminate knowledge to educators and the general public. The competitive Outstanding Earth Science Teaching Award program was established in 1971 to identify, recognize and reward excellence in teaching. The National Association of Geoscience Teachers commends Sherry Claflin on her dedication to earth science teaching.


Looking Back and Looking Forward

An environmental center and astronomical observatory are highly unique for a rural county and we are fortunate to have such facilities, right here in Newaygo County!

The Stephen F. Wessling Observatory, completed in 2005, is located 6 miles north of the city of Fremont, Michigan, on the corner of Baseline and Stone Road. The Observatory is located on the Kropscott centennial farm which was donated to the Newaygo Conservation District (NCD) by Earle and Mildred Kropscott in 1998. Today, the property is widely known as the Kropscott Farm Environmental Center.

One may wonder how this centennial farm – owned by the same family for over a hundred years -became an environmental center and observatory. Indeed, the history surrounding this event is as fascinating as the facilities themselves! It all started in the late 1800’s.

In 1895 Levi Kropscott, graduated from North Indiana Business institute, Valparaiso, Indiana. While at the Institute a professor advised that there would soon be a major depression in business and the safest place for money would be in land.

He learned from neighbors in Overisel, Michigan that there was inexpensive land in the Fremont Michigan area. He decided to purchase 80 acres in Denver Township for $1,600. About 35 acres was cleared for farming...


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Kropscott Farm Environmental Center is located at 6523 West Baseline Road, Fremont, Michigan 49412 -- Newaygo Conservation District -- Phone: 231-924-2060 Ext. #5