2017 Alumni and Friends Reunion

How Au Sable Trails Became Au Sable Institute: A Weekend with Cal DeWitt



You! Whether you are a recent graduate, long-time alum, or friend of the Institute, all alumni and friends, along with their families, are invited to attend.


A special event celebrating and honoring the history of Au Sable through honoring Dr. Cal DeWitt, Au Sable’s Founding Director. Join Au Sable friends and classmates to celebrate Cal’s life, legacy and contributions, and to reconnect with the people and place that make Au Sable special. The Reunion will include field trips, hands-on activities, and plenty of time to swim, hike, and reconnect with friends.


Au Sable’s Great Lakes Campus in northern Michigan near Mancelona.


August 3-5, 2017. Registration is closed.


Au Sable inspires and educates people to serve, protect, and restore God’s earth. That’s our mission, but we can’t do it without you! Au Sable exists not merely to host courses for college students or provide environmental education for school-age children, but to build a community of people committed to healing and restoring God’s creation who are connected to one another through mutual encouragement and admiration, common purpose, and shared achievement. This reunion will connect (and reconnect) alumni and friends committed to this mission, not only through our time together, but by celebrating and appreciating Au Sable’s history and development through the life and legacy of its founding Executive Director, Dr. Cal DeWitt.


Dr. Calvin B. DeWitt is Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The founding Executive Director of the Au Sable Institute from 1979 to 2004, Cal was instrumental not only in the formation of Au Sable as an internationally recognized institute of creation care, but in the development of a biblically-based theology of Christian environmental stewardship. Cal lent his skill and enthusiasm in this effort to international organizations like The World Bank, the United Nations Environmental Programme, stewardship, including the National Wildlife Federation’s "Connie Award" for exceptional service to conservation, the Friends of the United Nations Special Achievement Award for building an environmental institution, the University of Wisconsin’s Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Forest Steward Award from the National Coalition on Creation Care.  


August 3 - Cal DeWitt Recognition Symposium

August 4-5 Alumni Reunion

Detailed schedule of the entire event, as well as separate schedules for the symposium and reunion days can be found at the "weekend schedule" tab to the right.

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