Take a tour like never before – in the trees, on glass platforms, cargo nets and over 1,400 feet of boardwalk. Hear from Executive Director, Elizabeth Lumbert on what it takes to dream, fund and build the Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens, the nation’s largest canopy walk in Midland. This workshop is open to all professionals and will emphasize the financial components of building The Whiting Forest.
Take a day out of your busy schedule to enjoy a color tour to the City of Modern Explorers where we will take you 40 feet in the air and down the nation’s largest canopy walk at 1,400 feet long. Enjoy the rich history of the Forest’s 54 acres of orchards, swamps and forests and immerse yourself in nature. Includes breakfast snack in the morning, a tour of the Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Canopy Walk, lunch and an option visit to the Dow Garden after the presentation.
Cost: $40 mParks Members | $45 non-Members
Samantha Engel holds a Master’s degree in Early American History from Western Michigan University and enjoys using her education to engage public audiences through history programs. In addition to working as the Dow Gardens Historian, Samantha sits on the boards of the Saginaw County Historical Society and Whaley Historic House Museum in Flint, Michigan. She has also shared her professional experiences through workshops and published materials for the Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan Humanities Council, and the American Association of State and Local History.
Elizabeth Lumbert serves as Director for the Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan. Dow Gardens is a 110-acre signature gift of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation comprised of an Estate Home, Garden, and Forest. Elizabeth has directed numerous capital projects. Most recently she was at the helm of Dow Gardens during its largest capital expansion which included the creation of a canopy walk, orchard, accessible trail system, and other guest amenities.
Graduating with honors, Elizabeth earned a Masters of Business Administration from Northwood University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science/Biology from Michigan State University’s College of Lyman Briggs. While attending MSU, she spent a summer studying at the Kellogg Biological Station with hands-on research opportunities with visiting professors.