Volunteer Thanks Marquette Community



On behalf of the MooseWood Nature Center, I would like to say thank you to everyone who participated and came out in support of the Haunted Bog Walk Fundraiser held on Friday and Saturday, October 26th & 27th in celebration of the Halloween season.

The proceeds from the two-day event will be used to operate your year-round nature center, updating exhibits, keeping the resident educational animals well cared for and fed, and providing public programming and school field trips to the greater Marquette and surrounding areas.

Despite the soggy weather, the fundraiser was well attended both nights. I was glad to see that a little rain didn’t “scare” everyone away. The bog was truly a bog that weekend.

I would like to thank our numerous community sponsors: Border Grill, Tadych’s Econo Foods, RSVP of Marquette County, iCon Sign Co., Main Street Pizza, Togo’s, Shopko, Super One Foods, Jimmy John’s, Marquette Food Co-op, the UPS Store, and Essential Chiropractic.

Without the help of our many dedicated volunteers this event would not be possible. Time, energy and creativity were in abundance this year. A big THANK YOU! shout out to the individuals, organizations, clubs and groups that made this fundraiser possible: Cold Logic Robotics Team, NMU ROTC, Youth Advisory Council, NMU Swim Team, Psi Chi and Honors student organizations along with individuals, Shannon Darby, Ella Barnes, Kellan Ehrich, Mark Rantanen and other individuals that are too numerous to name here. I would also like to thank this year’s interns Riley Jepkema and Megan Bertucci, who worked closely with scare stations and acquired event sponsors.

Special thanks to RSVP of Marquette County whose volunteers help every year in the concessions area. A new addition this year was Avery from Superior Face Painting. She added an extra Halloween touch to our participants through face and body painting. Thank you, Avery!

I am truly thankful of all the support the Marquette community has shown towards the MooseWood Nature Center and its Mission and would like to again say thank you for adding the Haunted Bog Walk to your Halloween activities.

The MooseWood Nature Centers board, staff and myself hope that you will consider volunteering or coming out in support of next year’s event as we celebrate our 20th year of the Haunted Bog Walk Fundraiser.

Thank you,


Tiffany Rantanen