The Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve was established to perpetuate Marguerite’s lifelong appreciation of the north woods. It is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect and maintain the diverse habitats of the preserve, and to provide environmental education for our communities.

Welcome to the Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve! Gahagan is a non-profit organization run by volunteers and funded by its members, generous donors, and the endowment left by Marguerite Gahagan herself. Her former estate now serves as a public wildlife sanctuary and is open to the community for hiking, biking, and sightseeing. MGNP is dedicated to preserving Marguerite Gahagan's legacy of outdoor appreciation and communication by offering environmental education programs for area students and communities. We host field trips, camps, and guided tours for many schools and organizations in the area. If you are interested in the preserve or its programs, use the links above or contact us for questions, requests, and scheduling.

COVID-19 Nature Preserve Guidelines   

Please consider the health and safety of yourself and others while visiting Gahagan by following

Governor Whitmer's "Stay Safe, Stay Home" Executive Order.

  • Please don't visit if you or family members of your household are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms.

  • Only visit by yourself or with members of your household.

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others.  This may mean stepping off the path to let others pass.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water after you visit the preserve.                                                                                                                                        Thank you for your cooperation. 

Membership Benefits

Are you interested in learning more and helping our mission? Consider joining our membership list to get regular newsletters and updates from the preserve.


Pine Whispers: The Biography and Writings of Marguerite Gahagan

Marguerite Mary Gahagan (June 22, 1907 – January 4, 1997) was an award-winning journalist, author, and conservationist. She wrote, edited and published The Northwoods Call, a small weekly newspaper that quickly became an influential conservation publication in the state of Michigan. Marguerite took the approach of an investigative journalist when reporting environmental issues around the north woods of Michigan. She operated the paper by herself for nearly 16 years, and her dedication to conservation communications has been recognized by Time Magazine, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Association for Women in Communications. This legacy continues on in the form of Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve, located at Marguerite's former estate in Roscommon, Michigan.

$20 per copy includes shipping. All book sales benefit MGNP's environmental education programs.