We are blessed with wonderful, dedicated, and extremely qualified staff at the Kropscott Farm Environmental
Center. As just one example, please read the following announcement regarding a well deserved award just received by SHERRY CLAFLIN:


MUSKEGON, Michigan, May 19, 2017 – The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) is pleased to announce that the 2017 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) Michigan State Winner is Sherry Claflin, science educator with the Annis Water Resources Institute‚ Muskegon Community College and the Kropscott Farm Environmental Center. The annual award is for “exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level.”

The Central Section Committee of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers was particularly impressed with Ms. Claflin‚ ability to adapt her lessons by using individualized strategies and new materials, her ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students, and her collaboration with other schools and organizations to expand student opportunities.

NAGT was established in 1938 with the goal to improve geoscience education, emphasize the relevance and cultural significance of the earth sciences, and to disseminate knowledge to educators and the general public. The competitive Outstanding Earth Science Teaching Award program was established in 1971 to identify, recognize and reward excellence in teaching. The National Association of Geoscience Teachers commends Sherry Claflin on her dedication to earth science teaching.

North Latitude 43 º 33’ 18”,
West Longitude 85 º 57’ 45”


The Stephen F. Wessling Observatory is located 6 miles north of the city of Fremont, Michigan, on the corner of Baseline and Stone Road. The Observatory is located on the Kropscott Farm donated to the Newaygo Conservation District by Earle and Mildred Kropscott.

In conjunction with the Kropscott Environmental Center, SFW Observatory’s goal is to provide local area amateur astronomers the opportunity to observe and study the amazing universe in which we live.

The Observatory was made possible through numerous grants and donations by private citizens and area organizations such as the Michigan Department of Agriculture, the Fremont Area Community Foundation, the Gerber Foundation, and the Amazing X Foundation.