Ecologist Don Quintenz Comes to Björklunden

From June 19 – 24, Lawrence University’s Björklunden is offering the seminar “Spring’s Beauty” with Don Quintenz.

Nature reawakens our sense of beauty every spring. Renewing the earth with her annual spring show, she is specifically trying to attract attention. Plants display their delicate flowers to attract pollinators and birds are draped in lavishly colored breeding plumage to attract mates. Could she also be trying to catch the eye of distracted humans? Be the benefactor of all this when you immerse yourself in her ocean of color and charm to learn her hidden secrets. Participants will visit some of Door County’s most beautiful preserves in keeping with this spirit. Relaxed afternoon optional hikes will be offered most days as weather permits.

Quintenz has been teaching environmental education since 1967 and came to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in 1981. He previously worked with the Milwaukee Public Schools as their environmental specialist for five years, and before that he was with the Wisconsin Humane Society for three years as their environmental educator and with the Wisconsin DNR as a resource technician. He is currently the senior ecologist at Audubon. The skill Quintenz most cherishes is the ability to excite and fascinate people about the natural world because of his intimate familiarity with the native flora and fauna.

Seminar classes meet weekday mornings and some evenings at Björklunden’s lodge, just south of Baileys Harbor. Each seminar includes meals prepared by Björklunden’s resident chef. For complete course descriptions, fees, and registration dates, call 920.839.2216, email [email protected] or visit

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