Ann Arbor's city parks sit on the ancestral and traditional homelands of several indigenous Native peoples. Read a
land acknowledgement from the city and learn more about the early history of the land
The land that now comprises Stapp Nature Area was sold to the city in November, 2003, by the First Martin Corporation. William Martin, the previous owner, wished to name the new park after William B. Stapp, PhD. Dr. Stapp served as Professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, where he founded and then chaired the Environmental Education program from 1970 to 1993. He is considered by many to be the founder of international environmental education because he developed education programs in 135 countries. In Ann Arbor, Dr. Stapp began a monitoring program involving high schools along the Huron River. The program evolved into the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN), which is now being carried out all over the world. This program brings diverse groups together to investigate and protect river water quality. Dr. Stapp’s ability to serve as a global environmental diplomat brought Israelis and Palestinians together to test their shared water sources, creating a model for Middle East cooperation.