from the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society
Tuesday, July 23 at 11 am
Old School House History Center
Tuesday Talks

April Scholtz

"Tuesday Talks", a summertime weekly series of one-hour lectures at the Old School House, 130 Center St. in Douglas

"The Secret life of the Blanchard Frog and Other Duneland Nature Stories"
by April Scholtz
Tuesday, July 23
starting at 11 a.m.

Sponsored by Bill Hess & Mike Mattern to Celebrate the City of Saugatuck's Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area.

The Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society Tuesday Talks will continue on July 23 at the History Center in the Old School House, 130 Center Street in Douglas.

Speaker April Scholtz will present “The Secret Like of the Blanchard Cricket Frog and Other Duneland Nature Stories.” The talk, which will be 1 hour long, is free of charge and open to the public, begins at 11 am.

Scholtz, Land Protection Director at the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, will use the Blanchard’s Cricket Frog as a way to demonstrate why the Duneland is significant naturally as well as culturally, and why it is a bellwether for the shoreline environment.

The event is sponsored by SDHS members Bill Hess and Mike Mattern to celebrate the City of Saugatuck’s Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area.

“My interest in the property reflects my organization’s interest in conserving the natural duneland around Saugatuck & Douglas,” Scholtz said, “since the west Michigan’s dunes and shoreline are very important natural resources and a driving factor in our regional economy.”

Other topics to be discussed include natural features of the property, how they tie in with historic human use of the property and what that means for the future.

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan has worked with community residents since the 1980’s when the Saugatuck Dunes State Park’s natural area was identified and acquired by the state. For more information about Land Conservancy of West Michigan visit

The talk is free and the public is invited, but seating is limited so early arrival is recommended.

See you on Tuesday at the Old School House when the bell rings at 11 AM.