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June 7, 2010

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June 7, 2010

After attending AuSable I changed my Environmental minor to a major. I was blow away by the learning opportunity and connections I made with other students and professors. Finally, a cross denominational christian and science institution; taking two of my personal loves and showing the world that yes, they can thrive together. And I kept coming back, because what better way to learn than with small, hands on classes taught by excellent professors that can teach you things far beyond their field of specialty. And you living along side these professors and their families, along with your new found friends who how else would you ever have them. It really is a one in a million type of interaction.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal knowledge and commitment to environmental stewardship, Christian faith and bringing the two together.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

search for ways to ensure the availability of the opportunity to attend for more students. financial limitations are like an elephant in the room.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting people with whom I have an immediate connection and furthering my self and my friendships by learning more together.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

really fun, engaged in the world and us (students), passionate about what they do (even if it is shelving books in the library), dependable and hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fully realize their goal of serving all age groups in the nearby communities and the community of colleges. Most importantly, be able to continue to provide the service it does.

Ways to make it better...

I could go full time :) And if they had a traveling kitchen; I got really tired of sandwiches for lunch.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

changing financial situations of students/families and of the AuSable institution itself.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

Before AuSable I did not know how I was going to fit my environmental biology degree and my passion for teaching about the natural world into a career. Working with the staff and hearing about AuSable alumni provided me with potential pathways. My environmental education internship with Patricia was the keystone that the rest of my working life has been build upon. The knowledge and skills that I gained during those 10 weeks provided me with the experience I needed to aquire my first job. Today, I still use the tools and even some of the lesson plans exactly. Thank you AuSable!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Consistent feed back from AuSable through newsletters and emails about the organization as a whole and the alumni.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate and willing to provide guidance to all students.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide educational experiences to more students in a wider variety of places on the planet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

May 4, 2010

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May 4, 2010

Au Sable Institute changed my life. It helped to develop me into the person that I am today. The classes were challenging but I learned a wealth of knowledge. The professors were dedicated and fun. The staff were great people. The other students became like family. The settings are inspiring. The experiences, the people, and the knowledge I gained from being a student, a staff member, and an intern will always remain with me.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people. Everyone is friendly and caring. The people you interact with become your family. Many of my friends today are people I met at Au Sable.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become of the one top organizations for environmental education and learning.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 4, 2010

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May 4, 2010

My experience at AuSable changed my life! The very first course I took was about the natural history of the great lakes region in spring, and it was intense. I learned about so many things, from how to sit quietly at dawn and identify bird calls, to how to sneak up and watch a spring peeper call at dusk. The community there was so supportive and had a wonderful attitude of awe and caretaking towards the creation--even though my education branched off into agriculture, that sense of wonder and responsibility has stayed with me. One of the very best benefits of being a student at AuSable is getting the chance to see that sincere Christians can be serious and respected scientists. Getting to know those people personally was an incredible benefit as I continued my education in secular universities.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my biology education, which had been lacking in field experience but after 7 AuSable courses was quite rich and varied; and in my everyday life as I take my kids hiking and try my best to instill the attitude I learned at AuSable into their lives.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the completely new way of looking at the world that I learned there, which has stayed with me ever since.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

(with only one exception) really amazing, caring, knowledgeable, friendly, devoted people who were always willing to go the extra mile (or three) to help a student understand his or her place in God's world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1999

May 4, 2010

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May 4, 2010

Environmental education has to do with a persons lifestyle and world view. It is difficult to change a persons lifestyle and or world view without intense interpersonal interaction with other people of conviction and relative experience and knowledge. AuSable provides this kind of interaction with these kinds of leaders. Students have a rare opportunity to have their lives and minds shaped by caring,intelligent professionals. This empowers them in a unique way to change their world. The world is changed one person at a time. AuSable is committed to this mission and has proven it's methods to be effective over many years of committed effort by people of conviction, passion and service.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been a student, employee and associate over 30 years. It has been one of the most formative organizations in my life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have been deeply touched in my soul by the awesome beauty and complexity of nature

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Many of the long term employees of this organization are life long friends.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 4, 2010

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May 4, 2010

Teaching at Au Sable changed my life; not only is the biological knowledge I have aquired teaching at Au Sable the equivalent of a second Ph.D., but I also learned to integrate my Christian faith and my discipline in a way that would not have been possible anywhere else. The academic community and the full-immersion experience Au Sable offers are truly unique; as the wife of a fellow Au Sable professor once said,

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my intellectual, professional and spiritual growth, as well as in enhanced health of body and mind.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to recruit students from secular schools.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the professional and personal relationships, as well as the opportunity to teach hands-on ecology in the field.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wise, friendly, professional, and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a world of difference in how the next generation of college students dewals with the non-human Creation.

Ways to make it better...

it's perfect - close to Heaven on Earth. I can't think of ways to make it better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial shortfalls and recruitment issues.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 4, 2010

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May 4, 2010

Au Sable has proven to be a wonderful place for our students to enjoy nature in ways they don't get to in their everyday lives. It's a place where we can experience creation through play (snow shoeing, cross country skiing) while learning about how our everyday lives can effect what that experience will look like in the future as we care for creation in our own backyards. One great part of it is that this learning happens as the students simply experience all that Au Sable has to offer.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my understanding of how to better care for creation

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy it brings to our students and to our church as we gather there for re-creation

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding. They work hard at helping us to enjoy our time there as well as teach us through experience the small ways we can be involved in caring for creation

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

Au Sable was not only a place for academic learning (which was fantastic) but it was a community of Christians dedicated to serving God and loving the world God created. It provided a vision for Kingdom building alongside brothers and sisters in Christ. I learned so much from everyone there: from the faculty to my peers to the kitchen staff. Mealtime is one of my fondest recollections, it was one way that Au Sable demonstrated how caring for creation takes intentionality in every area of life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own choices related to living in community, food and landscaping.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its beautiful grounds, caring faculty, great food.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

The years I spent at Au Sable were life transformational for me. The depth of relationships formed there have led to lifelong friendships, and I even met my future spouse at Au Sable! In addition, being able to share the wonder of nature with others and being able to teach the importance of being good stewards of creation was truly a joy. Even though I never enrolled in any college courses at Au Sable, the evironment on campus was one that fostered continued learning and growth for me (through the combination of faculty and student and visiting guest interactions, lectures, field trips, library resources, opportunities to explore the natural environment through a variety of means, modeling of stewardship practices, and practicing teaching skills.)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

two people I recently encountered who attended Au Sable years ago on elementary school field trips. Those single day environmental ed and living history experiences apparently made a lasting impact on these two people who vividly remember them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way so many people's lives (my own included) have been deeply impacted by their experiences at Au Sable--whether through a 2-month internship, a 5-week college course, a weekend retreat, or a 1-day school field trip.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding! They are people who serve as models and mentors to the next generations, and they are willing to share their lives with students as they help facilitate learning and growth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 12, 2010

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April 12, 2010

The two summers that I spent taking classes at Au Sable absolutely impacted the direction of my life. I was contemplating a career in the medical field, but the importance of environmental conservation, which is the heart of Au Sable, changed my focus to research and conservation science. I also greatly appreciated the Christian perspective from which all the coursework is approached, which gives the true meaning and purpose to all their work and now mine.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, passionate, and life-changing mentors to myself and the other students.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a new generation of individuals that not only care about the environment, but are equipped to change their lives and the lives of those around them to make an impact in environmental care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003

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