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.


2022 Adventures Schedule

Printable 2022 Eco-Adventures Schedule (PDF)

March & April – Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch

Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island (mackinacraptorwatch.org/visit/)

Saturday, March 26, 10 am – 4 pm

Visit Native American Keith Knecht’s site harvesting maple syrup the traditional way. 2152 Cassidy Road, Levering MI 49755

Saturday, April 2, 2022, 10 am – 4 pm

Tour a modern maple syrup production. Bonz Beach Farms, 20706 Bonz Beach, Onaway, 49765

Monday, April 18, 1pm – 2:30 pm

Emmet County Recycling Center Tour, 7363 S. Pleasantview Rd. Harbor Springs. See what happens to materials collected in the big green recycle bins. Learn about the best practices to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste to preserve the natural beauty of northern Michigan. Pre-register at emmetrecycling.org

Saturday. April 23, 10 am

Tour the Cheboygan Waste Water Facility.  See how the city maintains infrastructure, produces drinking water and delivers water to customers. 975 N. Huron, Cheboygan

Saturday, April 23, 1 – 3 pm

Visit Solar Collection Array and learn how energy is generated.  East Elementary. 440 Garfield, Cheboygan

Saturday, April 23, 1 – 3 pm

Electronic Waste Disposal. East Elementary School 440 Garfield Ave, Cheboygan

Keep Electronic Waste out of our landfills. EPA estimates that about 60% of discarded electronics end up in trash. Hazardous chemicals in them could leach out of landfills into the groundwater and streams. Bring used, unwanted household and commercial devices to East Elementary School. All electronics can be dropped off free of charge (there is a slight fee for CRT TV’s). MI eWaste, LLC will be collecting.

Sunday, April 24, 6 am

Sunrise Ceremony with Native American Drummers Learn from Native Americans about the significance of drumming, herbs, water, and sun. A potluck follows. Off M68 at 2595 Seven Fires Trail, Indian River.

Saturday, April 30, 10 am

Reforestation Project. Learn how to plant a tree (or several). Windy Hill Farm. From Indian River, 7 miles (S) on old 27 (Straits Hwy). Turn right (W) on Haakwood Rd. to dead end. Turn right (N) to the big barn at road end.

Wednesday, May 4, 6 pm

Bird Stories with Tanya Procknow, Wildlife Specialist. Cheboygan Public Library

Tuesday, May 10, 6 pm

“The Need to Grow: How we can help regenerate our planet’s dying soil” video. Cheboygan Public Library.

Wednesday May 11th, 5-7:30pm

Stream Monitoring, North Central State Trailhead, Cheboygan: Volunteer stream monitoring involves collecting aquatic bugs, or macroinvertebrates, each spring and fall on local streams. We provide all equipment for you to measure the health of streams near you. Join our spring or fall training sessions. Participants will spend approximately one hour learning about the important of stream monitoring at the trailhead. A hands-on training session will follow at 6pm on the Little Black River. The Trailhead meeting location is on the corner of Western Ave and Taylor St., Cheboygan, MI. Please dress for the weather. Refreshments provided. Registration will be available soon.  

Saturday, May 14, 11 am

Guided Sturgeon Viewing Tour at Upper Black River.  See the majestic fish being tagged by researchers while in their native habitat. Call Brenda at 231-625-2776 to register. Meet at Lorenzo’s at 10:45.

Sunday, May 15, 2 pm

Forest walk, looking for mosses and lichen with Brad Von Blon, Little Traverse Nature Conservancy.  Meet at the parking area along Seffren Rd., Cheboygan State Park.

Sunday, May 22, 1 pm

Harvest Thyme Farm and Vineyard Tour. Plants will be available for sale.  4848 Indian Trail, Cheboygan.

Saturday, June 4, 9 am

Bike Clinic and Ride: Earth Week Plus and the Top of Michigan Trails Council are sponsoring a bike clinic and ride on June 4 beginning at 9am at the Cheboygan Trailhead on Western Ave.

The clinic will be offered by Latitude 45, well known Petoskey bike shop. Latitude 45 will check bikes for  safety, do minor adjustments, inform owners of needed repairs,  and do a bike-fit which includes proper seat height, handlebar, shift, brake lever position, and ergonomic adjustment.

The ride, led by Jim Conboy, will start at the Trailhead at 11am and go 8 miles to Aloha State Park and return for a total of 16 miles. Helmets are encouraged. 

Riders can end the ride at Aloha State Park if they wish. If ending the ride at Aloha transportation back to the Trailhead is the responsibility of the rider unless the rider requests  transportation ahead of the event in which case Earth Week Plus will try and arrange transportation. Call Jim to discuss transportation from Aloha if needed, 231 420 0153.

Event is subject to acceptable weather conditions.

Saturday, June 11, 10 – 10:45 am

Tour Lamprey Weir at Cheboygan Dam and learn about Vampires of the Great Lakes. Children must be with an adult. (map on EPW website shows weir location). In the afternoon, visit Children’s Trail to have close-up look at lamprey and learn more about this invasive species and fish predator.

Saturday, June 18, 11 am

All about pollinators and how we can help them. Make a bee house to take home to your garden, with Allyson Lance from Huron Pines and the US Forest Service. At Cheboygan Public Library.

Saturday, June 25, 10 am

Tour the Great Lakes Piping Plover Captive Rearing Facility at the University of Michigan’s Biological Station, 9133 Biological Rd., Pellston

Friday, July 15, 1 pm

Nature Soup activity for kids and families with Natureology’s Maureen Stine.  Learn about nature, animal tracks and make a plaster cast. Meet at Trailhead pavilion, Western & Lincoln Ave., Cheboygan.