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!

Northern Michigan Eco – Adventures from April to June

April 5th – 7th  Raptor Fest, Mackinaw City

Register by March 22. For details, contact   From March 5-June 5, see migrating Raptors and Waterbirds.

Saturday, April 20, 12:00 noon – Earth Day March for Science Rally

The Second Annual Earth Day March for Science Rally will begin at the corner of State and Main Streets, Cheboygan at 12:00 noon.  Bring signs and 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

Monday, April 22, 3:00 – EARTH DAY!

Gather at the corner of Lincoln and Western Ave. in Cheboygan to celebrate Earth: Our Only Home.  Bring signs and share your concerns for our planet with other Earth-Lovers!

Tuesday, April 23, 2:00 pm – What Happens to Your Recyclables?

Go “behind the bins” to see how Emmet County Recycling processes our recyclables and learn about what they become!  Please call to register for the tour: 231-348-0640

1. Children six and over welcome, but must be closely supervised by an accompanying adult, 2. Dress to be outdoors for roughly an hour. 3. Wear fully-enclosed shoes or boots; no high or pointy heels. Emmet County Recycling:  7363 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs.

Wednesday, April 24th, 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm – USGS Vessel Tours

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 onboard 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,

Sunday, April 28, 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. Join Big Drum Strong Heart and Grandmother Moon Drummers in prayers and a water ceremony. 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

Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 pm – Building a Wind Farm

Aaron Harke of Durocher – Kokosing Industrial will discuss the installation of 29 miles of cable in the Atlantic to support the first offshore wind farm.  Cheboygan Public Library.

Wednesday, May 1, 8:30 pm – Owl Banding Event

Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch will host an Owl banding event.  Observe Ed Pike and Raptor Watch volunteers band owls at Cheboygan State Park. Meet at the trailhead parking lot. Pre-register by texting 231-420-9741. Limit 15. Spring owl migration is very unpredictable.   We have been conducting our surveys from March 20 through May 10.  The last few years the peak of the migration has been sometime during the last week of March or the first week of April.  There is no way to guarantee Owls will be present on any particular night.  Visitors will see the mist nets set up and walk with the banders to check the nets for Owls.  During inclement weather (snow, rain or high winds) the nets are not set.

Monday, May 6, 6:30pm – Why Are We Here? The Migratory Mindset of Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch

Richard Couse, Executive Director of MSRW will present an overview of MSRW’s organizational history and research findings over the years. Rich will also describe how educational public outreach shapes our future, through people viewing the research sites in Cheboygan, Mackinaw City, and St. Ignace. The program will also allow attendees to provide input and reactions on possible future research, education, and conservation work. Cheboygan Public Library.

Saturday, May 11, 11:00am-2:00pm – 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 18, 10:00 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 (

Tuesday, May 21,  3:30pm – Take a Hike with Huron Pines: Keep Invasive Species Off Your Favorite Trails, Duncan Bay Preserve

Join a naturalist from the conservation nonprofit, Huron Pines, for a hike through the Duncan Bay Nature Preserve; and learn how to protect the wild places you love. We’ll talk about invasive species, what they are, where they come from and how to prevent their spread. Plus: we’ll lead a guided tour of the .5 mile trail loop through coastal wetland. From US23, turn on Eastern (toward Lake Huron) to the end. Then right on Duncan Ave. for about 200 ft.  The parking lot will be on the left.

Sunday, May 26, 2:00 pm – 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 new farm property, including four acres of field production and greenhouse production. Learn how they use inexpensive caterpillar tunnels to extend the growing season to nearly 10 months. After the tour of the new location, join them at the old property for a tour of the nearly 6,000 square feet of hoophouse tomato production, and five acres of wine grapes. Learn more about the farm at Address: 4848 Indian Trail Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721 Sorry, no restrooms available. 

Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 pm – Defending Underdog Plants.

Join us at the Cheboygan Library to learn about human impact on a Florida barrier island:   Plants: Native vs. Exotic Invasive;  Introduced Animal species and their impact on native animals;  Management vs. Eradication; Interesting find: WWII shells; Fossilized shells and gumbo limbo.

Connie and Dale Rieger.  Cheboygan Public Library.