Give to the Max and Save Bernie's Bog

For almost 50 years, students have learned from the bog boardwalk at Warner Nature Center. That experience is in danger and you can help.

When the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center opened in 1965, the first director, Bernie Fashingbauer knew he wanted to focus student's attention on the unique bog located on the property. Over the years, it has become a centerpiece of our educational programming. Thousands of students from Stillwater and surrounding areas have learned about carnivorous plants, wetland ecology, pH, and more by visiting this unique habitat.

The meandering 650 foot boardwalk that bisects the bog is a hallmark of our outdoor programming. It’s a rare chance to get up close to carnivorous plants, like the pitcher plant or sundew, feel the silky seed head of cotton grass, come within inches of a Rose Pagonia orchid, and take a jump to watch the bog quake under you.

Unfortunately, after forty years, the old boardwalk that sits on the bog's surface is depressing the bog, and we are starting to see vegetation change to non-bog species. Fresh water flowing in under the boardwalk is changing the pH of the acid environment that makes the bog function. It’s clear that our days of providing up close and personal interpretation of the bog are numbered unless we take action and replace the boardwalk and bring the bog back to health. A new raised walkway will protect the habitat while also adding handicap accessibility to the bog for the first time.

We need your help. While any donation is appreciated, a donation of $100 will buy one foot of the new boardwalk. A donation of $500 or more puts your name in the leadership circle that will be recognized on a plaque to be placed at the beginning of the walkway. A gift of $1,000 or more would purchase an entire section of walkway with your name. In all cases, the entire amount of your donation would be tax deductible.

Thank you for your support in helping us preserve the future!

Help save the bog-walk experience at the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center for future generations by making a Give to the Max Day contribution dedicated to the replacement of the old bog boardwalk with a newly engineered raised walkway. Give to the Max Day is November 15th but you can preschedule your donation today!

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