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 2019 Coming Soon!

Northern Michigan Eco – Adventures from April to June

Examples from Last Years 2018 Adventure Schedule:

The USGS Research Vessels Arcticus and Sturgeon docked on the Cheboygan River will be open for two hour-long guided tours by the vessel crew. Tour participants will see the inner workings of the ships and how science is completed on board a research vessel. Tours will take place while the vessels are docked and will occur, rain or shine. Please dress for the weather, as some parts of the tour will take place outside (but most of the tour will be inside the heated vessels). The tour location is the USGS Cheboygan Vessel Base at 606 Water Street, Cheboygan. There is a 25 person limit for each tour, and spots must be reserved in advance. Contact Andrea Miehls to reserve your spot: 989-734-4768 x135,

Tuesday, April 17, 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. Cheboygan Area Public Library.

Saturday, April 21, 10:00am – 12:00pm. 4H Eco-Bot Challenge.

Families work together to enhance engineering skills as they learn to think like robotics engineers, assembling their own robots in order to manage an environmental clean-up.  Best suited for youth ages 9 and older.  All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Projects will be assembled, but will not be taken home, so there is no charge for supplies.  Contact Leigh Theunick, (         Cheboygan Area Public Library

Saturday, April 21. The second annual Earth Day March for Science and Rally

Earth Day March for Science & Rally will begin at the corner of State and Main Streets, Cheboygan, at 11 AM.  Bring signs, drums or other musical instruments to play as we march from the corner of State and Main Streets to Washington Park and back.  If you would prefer to stay at the corner of State and Main Streets and hold signs, but not march, then you will be entertained with music performed by Sam King.  Parking is available at the Federation of Eagles parking lot on Main Street or at the lot on Water Street.  For more information, contact Cyndi Kress at 231-238-4079 or at, or Karen Martin at

Thursday April 26, 10:30am, Smart Gardening to Protect Water Quality
Dr. Nathaniel Walton

At Cheboygan Area Public Library.  Presenter: Dr. Nathaniel Walton, Smart Gardening to protect water quality, protect pollinators, and keep pests at bay! Garden pests eat our fruits and veggies, ruin our flowers, and sometimes are just plain gross! Fortunately, they are not very smart. By learning about their life cycles, behaviors, and natural enemies, you can implement tactics in your garden to outsmart these pesky critters.  In this presentation, you will learn the basics of pest scouting as well as choice and timing of smart pest management tactics. You will also learn gardening practices that protect nearby waterways from pollution and create habitat for pollinators.

Dr. Walton’s Bio: Dr. Walton holds an MS and Ph.D. in entomology from Michigan State University. He is the Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor for MSU Extension in Leelanau County and the Master Gardener Coordinator for Leelanau, Benzie, and Grand Traverse County. Nate is an entomologist with a passion for pollinators, gardening, and local food. He enjoys teaching adults and youth of all ages on subjects such as plant pathogens, environmental stewardship, and pollinator conservation.  This presentation is sponsored by North Central Michigan College Corporate and Community Education.

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 4-H Wired for Wind.

This experiment engages families in design, build out and testing of wind turbine models.  Best suited for youth ages 9 and older.  All youth must be accompanied by a parent/adult. Projects will be assembled but will not be taken home so there is no charge for supplies.  Contact Leigh Theunick.        (                   Cheboygan Area Public Library

Sunday, April 29, 6:30 am – Sunrise Service with Bill Nash

The sunrise ceremony Sunday, April 29 starts at 6:30 am, and lasts until 12 noon at the home of Bill and Colleen Nash, 2595 Seven Fires Trail. Indian River. Traditional materials are used in the ceremony, with all attendees participating. Learn the importance of storytelling and the significance of animals and nature. Communal meal follows the ceremony. Bring a dish to pass. Go 3.8 miles east of I-75 on M68 to Dey Rd. Turn right or south on Dey Seven Fires, 2595 will be on the right. Additional information: Bill Nash at (231-238-0898) or

Saturday, May 5, 7:30 am. Birding Trail Walk at Gordon Turner Park

Straits Area Audubon Society member, Dale Giddings, will lead the walk.  Meet at the soccer field.  Some binoculars will be available,  Waterproof footwear suggested.

Sunday, May 6, 2:00 pm. Historic Preservation : A Sustainable Practice

Enjoy a brief background and tour of the Carnegie Free Public Library, now a part of the Cheboygan Carnegie Campus, at 400 W. Elm Street. A discussion will follow featuring an Economic Development Specialist, an Architect, a Realtor, and a Builder. Historic preservation is inherently a sustainable practice. A commonly quoted phrase, “the greenest building is the one that’s already built,” succinctly expresses the relationship between preservation and sustainability. The repair and retrofitting of existing and historic buildings is considered by many to be the ultimate recycling project, and focusing on historic buildings has added benefits for the larger community.

Cheboygan Carnegie – 400 West Elm Street, Cheboygan Mary J. Hebert – – 231-420-6665

Monday, May 7, 6:30 pm. Forever Duncan Bay

Join Huron Pines, to learn about the new Duncan Bay preserve that includes coastal wetlands and Lake Huron shoreline!  Learn about these special coastal ecosystems, how they will be protected for years to come. Find out about the opportunities for enjoying and protecting this beautiful piece of our coast. The event is open to all ages.  Location:  Cheboygan Area Public Library.          For more info, contact Emily Vogelgesang  (   989-448-2293

Saturday, May 12, 11am-2pm, Guided Sturgeon Viewing Tour

Co-sponsored by Sturgeon for Tomorrow. Meet at 10:45 am 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 about their collaborative programming as they continue their quest to restore and rehabilitate the iconic species. We will then drive to the nearby hatchery and see larval, one year and two-year-old lake sturgeon – they are so cute! 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 to eat or snack on. Also, we may need rain gear. We will conduct our tour, rain or shine. Limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration required. Call Brenda: 231-625-2776 , or email:

Saturday, May 19, 10 am. City of Cheboygan Water System Tour

This one-hour tour will show us how the city maintains infrastructure, produces drinking water and delivers water to customers.  Jason Karmol will show us how the city “recycles” the wastewater that leaves our homes so that it does not pollute the Great Lakes.  Do you have an interest in the environment, Green infrastructure projects, or are you considering a career in environmental fields?  Maybe you are just curious about how the city utilities function….this is the place to visit!  Meet at the treatment plant at 975 N. Huron, Cheboygan (

Saturday, May 26, 10 am. Harvest Thyme Farm & Vineyards

Join Greta Jankoviak and Brendan Prewitt of Harvest Thyme Farm & Vineyards on a one-hour tour of the farm. Tour the passive – solar hoop houses used for growing produce 10 months out of the year and learn how they’re earning a living from two acres of intensive vegetable production. Learn more about the farm at Address: 4795 Polish Line Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721 Sorry, no restrooms available. 

Saturday, June 2, 10 am.  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, their 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 people, that have helped bring 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, then we will break up into smaller groups for the tour.


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