Mansfield University and Mill Cove Formalize Relationship
Mansfield University and Mill Cove, Inc. have been working together for several years in the development and use of the Mill Cove Environmental Area. On December 18, 2012, the two parties formalized their relationship
with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).Under the terms of the agreement, Mansfield and Mill Cove, Inc. will work together to promote, publicize, and utilize the Mill Cove Environmental Area as an ecological experiment station for teaching and research for MU students and faculty.
“This is significant because it formalizes what has been an informal relationship for our academic programs, especially in the Biology area, to use the Mill Cove Environmental Area for our students for different life experiences,” Mansfield Interim President Allan Golden said.
“This agreement will allow each of us to move forward with our goals for the area,” Charlie Fox, president of the Mill Cove, Inc. Board of Directors, said. "We look at it as a building block to do more things with the University in the future.”
Girl Scouts Create Butterfly Garden
Dr. David Flesch conceived the idea of a butterfly garden for Mill Cove on Earth Day, and the Mansfield Girl Scouts graciously undertook the project. The scouts have planted and watered more than 100 plants that attract butterflies, sculpting the garden itself in the shape of a butterfly. They also added a "mailbox" decorated with butterflies that contains a journal where visitors can leave comments.. Next year they plan to add another same-sized garden.
NRA 2012 International Youth Hunter Educational Challenge
Mill Cove was pleased to host the NRA 2012 International Youth Hunter Educational Challenge in July 2012. All competition events were held at the Mill Cove Environmental Area.
Earth Day April 21, 2012
The Mill Cove Earth Day Celebration showcased our region’s rich natural resources and promoted responsible enjoyment of those resources through a mix of presentations and hands-on activities. Visitors participated in fish population assessments, stream surveying, aquatic insect sampling and identification, guided ornithology and local flora hikes, fly fishing lessons, muzzle loading marksmanship, a pellet gun contest, a fishing derby, organic agriculture demonstrations, and other activities.