Adventures

Earth Week Plus Adventures Schedule

Mark your calendars with your favorite adventures. What a great way to get outside and enjoy Northern Michigan while celebrating Earth Day all spring! The Earth Week Plus Adventures take place in Northern Michigan from Cheboygan to Mackinaw City, Indian River and more. Please note locations and contact information in the Adventures details below.


Earth Week Plus Adventures for 2018

Northern Michigan Eco Adventures in April and May

These Are Examples of the Adventures we featured in 2017.  Our Earth Week Volunteers are hard at work planning the 2018 Adventures.

Saturday, April 1, Night Skies with Kathy Bricker.

Meet at The Bluffs on Black Lake (thebluffsonblacklake.com), 10905 High Bluffs Dr., Grant Twp. Nothing mystifies and awes people like gazing at the complexity and beauty of the night sky.  Kathy Bricker will show participants how to find and make friends with key constellations, stars, and planets.  Event will be held regardless of weather, aided by slides indoors as needed. The Bluffs would like a count so please text (or phone) 231-420-9741 if attending.

Saturday, April 8, 10:30am & 11:30am. Hammond Bay Biological Station Tour.

Saturday, April 8, 10:30am & 11:30am. Hammond Bay Biological Station Tour. The Station (HBBS) is one of the leading facilities for research that supports the ongoing battle against sea lampreys in the Great Lakes. Sea lampreys – prehistoric fish that feed on the blood and body fluids of other fish – invaded the upper Great Lakes through shipping canals in the early 1920s and quickly became, and remain, one of the worst invaders to have entered the basin. HBBS is located 12.5 miles north of Rogers City on US-23.

Visitors will receive a guided tour of the facility, complete with seeing (and touching!) a live sea lamprey. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and will be held at 10 am and 11am. Space is limited, so please call Jeanette Mateer (231-420-9741) for more information and to book a tour time! For information about HBBS tours, contact Lauren Holbrook or Andrea Miehls at (989) 734-4768 (x134 or x135).

The Station (HBBS) is one of the leading facilities for research that supports the ongoing battle against sea lampreys in the Great Lakes. Sea lampreys – prehistoric fish that feed on the blood and body fluids of other fish – invaded the upper Great Lakes through shipping canals in the early 1920s and quickly became, and remain, one of the worst invaders to have entered the basin. HBBS is located 12.5 miles north of Rogers City on US-23.Visitors will receive a guided tour of the facility, complete with seeing (and touching!) a live sea lamprey. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and will be held at 10 am and 11am. Space is limited, so please call Jeanette Mateer (231-420-9741) for more information and to book a tour time! For information about HBBS tours, contact Lauren Holbrook or Andrea Miehls at (989) 734-4768 (x134 or x135).

Thursday, April 20, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m., USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) research vessel tours.

Tour the floating laboratories of the Great Lakes. The USGS Research Vessels Arcticus and Sturgeon docked on the Cheboygan River will be open for a guided tour by the vessel captains. Tour participants will see the inner workings of the ships and how science is completed on board a research vessel. There is a 25 person limit for the tour so reserve your spot. Call Judi Chimner, 231-625-2691. The tour location is USGS Cheboygan Vessel Base at 606 Water Street, Cheboygan, MI.

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, “T’ai Chi, Mindfulness and Oigong”

Martha Orloff will introduce concepts for t’ai chi, mindfulness and oigong. Dress comfortably for gentle activity. Participation is optional. At Cheboygan Area Public Library.

Thursday April 27, 10:30am, “Attracting Beneficial Pollinators to Your Garden” at the Cheboygan Area Public Library.

Presenter: Dr. Larry Dyer, Ph.D., Agricultural Ecology. Consultant with 30 years experience in sustainable and organic gardening. Sponsored by North Central Michigan College, Corporate and Community Education

Saturday, May 6, 10am.  Tour of Harvest Thyme Farm  Vineyards

Join Greta Jankoviak and Brendan Prewitt of Harvest Thyme Farm & Vineyards on a one-hour tour of the farm. Visit  the passive solar hoophouses used for growing produce 10 months out of the year and learn how it’s possible to earn a living from two acres of intensive vegetable production.  More about the farm at www.harvestthymefarm.com.  Address: 4795 Polish Line Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721  Sorry, no restrooms available.

Wednesday, May 10, 2 pm. Discovering hidden creatures in a local stream. Mill Creek Discovery Park, east of Mackinaw City on U.S. 23.

Join Dr. Herm Boatin, a specialist in aquatic ecology, to collect stream animals we rarely see and learn more about how these macro-invertebrates can be used to determine the ecological health of our streams and rivers. Macro-invertebrates can be seen with the naked eye and live in our rivers and streams. Some of them are very sensitive to pollution. When we find many varieties of macro-invertebrates in our rivers and streams, it indicates a healthy stream. Nets and a limited number of waders will be provided.  Meet Dr. Boatin at the lower parking area to begin the program.

Saturday, May 13 11am-2pm, Guided Sturgeon Viewing Tour. Co-sponsored by Sturgeon for Tomorrow.

Meet at 10:45am at Lorenzo’s Restaurant and Lounge (in the north parking lot) 1164 S. Black River Rd. Onaway, MI 49765. We will then carpool about 5 miles to the river. While there you will witness the research team net sturgeon, and learn of our collaborative programming as we continue in our quest to restore and rehabilitate the iconic species. We will then drive to the nearby hatchery and see larval, young of year and 2 year old lake sturgeon – they are so cute! In all this should take 2-3 hours. Polarized sunglasses are very helpful to see down through the surface of the water. Please bring your camera, video gear and whatever you would like eat or snack on. Polarized sunglasses are very helpful to see down through the surface of the water. Tour will proceed rain or shine. Limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration required. Call Sturgeon For Tomorrow http://www.sturgeonfortomorrow.org/ 231-625-2776 or email Brenda Archambo at  archambo@src-milp.com

Saturday, May 20, 2pm, Hidden Secrets of the Woods.

Cheboygan State Park. Brittany Vanderwall, Forester. Brittany will point out fascinating features of the forest not usually observed on a casual walk. Family friendly. Meet at the trail head just inside the park, rain or shine.

Sunday, May 21, 2:00pm, Medicine Wheel, Heritage Village in Mackinaw City – Please note this event has been cancelled as of this evening 5-20-17. 

Dress warm and bring a camp chair. Learn the interpretation of the Native American Medicine wheel! The session will be one hour with an opportunity for questions and to learn Native Drum Songs. Possible to learn Native Drum songs !

Saturday, June 3, 10am.  Tour the Great Lakes Piping Plover Captive Rearing Facility at the University of Michigan’s Biological Station near Pellston.

Piping plovers are tiny shorebirds that make shallow nests on flat, open, sandy beaches in northern Michigan – the same beaches that attract people, pets and development. In 1986 there were only 17 nesting pairs, and 10 chicks raised of this endangered species in the Great Lakes.  Come visit the facility and meet the people who have brought this tiny bird back from the brink of extinction.  In the summer of 2016 there were 75 nesting pairs, and 133 chicks raised!  The U of M Biological Station is located 2.5 miles west of I-75 on C-64.  Once on the main camp entrance road, go through two Stop signs.  Just past the second Stop sign you will be directed to a parking spot.  The program will start at 10:00 am, with a brief introduction from a Zookeeper.

 

 

 


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