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wendelberry

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Review for Au Sable Institute, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

Role:  Client Served & I was a student and took courses during three summers.