October sure is a pretty time of year at WMAES! The last wildflowers are still in bloom; the trees are showing their fall colors; the sky is full of birds migrating south for the winter. What a perfect backdrop for one of the many outdoor classrooms at WMAES. Along with fall comes the fall harvest of apples. Each year, students get a first hand look at the importance of Michigan’s apple crop by actively participating in making fresh apple cider. Some of the apples even come from our property! Did you know that Michigan is the nation’s third largest producer of apples? There are more than 9.2 million apple trees covering 36,500 acres on 850 family-run farms in Michigan. Michigan produces more than 900 million pounds of apples per year. WOW, that’s a lot of apples!