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.

2023 Adventures Schedule

March 5 – June 5

Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch
Mackinaw City –

Saturday, March 25, 10am – 4pm

See the traditional way Native Americans made maple syrup at Keith Knecht’s Sugar Bush.
2152 Cassidy Road, Levering MI 49755

Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2, 10am – 4pm

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

Saturday, April 15, 10am & 11am

Tour of Hammond Bay Biological Station
(Lamprey Research facility). Each tour limited to 10 participants and pre-registration required. Contact Andrea Miehls, or 989-734-4768

Sunday, April 16, 2pm

Kiss The Ground film and discussion with Greta and Brendan of Harvest Thyme Farm. See how the earth’s soil can be a game changer for climate change. Cheboygan Opera House, 403 N. Huron St., Cheboygan

Saturday, April 22, 10:30am & 12pm

Jania Taylor

The Magic of Recycling Magic Show: See award-winning magician, Jania Taylor, at the Earth Week Plus Expo at the Cheboygan Public Library. Did you know that a plastic water bottle that we discard has a longer life than we do? Can you believe that every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees? Do you know what makes up a landfill?

The Magic of Recycling delivers the important message of recycling, respecting the environment, and how to reduce the number of materials that go into landfills. Learn how long things last in a landfill, how to save energy, and environmental tips that can be used immediately. The program includes storytelling, magic, and fun facts.

A graduate of the Chavez Studio of Magic in Colon, Michigan, Jania Taylor entertains throughout the country at corporate events, festivals, school assemblies and more.

Compost Bin Raffle: Emmet County not only processes our counties recycling, they have happily supported the Earth Week Plus events. This year, in addition to giving us a tour of their facility on May 1, they will raffle this composting bin at our Expo on April 22 at the Cheboygan Library. Come on down and see all we have to offer!

Saturday, April 29, 10am

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

Sunday, April 30, 6:30am – Noon

Sunrise Ceremony

Traditional Sunrise Ceremony & Potluck: Join a traditional Native American Sunrise Ceremony, April 30, Sunday morning, 6:30 a.m.-noon. The ceremony will be held under a covered lodge, rain or shine. Bill Nash and Native Americans teach the traditions about celebrating earth, water, and nature. Listen to the native drumming in celebration of Mother Earth.

Hear about the importance of storytelling in native cultures. Learn about the significance of animals and nature in the ceremonial rituals. Traditional materials are used in the ceremony, with all attendees participating. Take part in the communal meal following the ceremony; bring a dish to pass.

Directions: The ceremony is at the home of Bill and Colleen Nash, 2595 Seven Fires Trail, Indian River. Take M-68 3.8 miles east of 1-75 to Dey Rd. Turn right or south, on Dey Rd. to Seven Fires Tr., turn right on Seven Fires Trail, and 2595 will be on the left. Additional information, Bill Nash at (231) 238-0898 or

Monday, May 1, 1:30 – 2:30pm

Emmet County Recycling Center Tour: Viewing the video showing parts of the sorting machinery (at will enhance the,tour. 7363 S. Pleasant View Rd., Harbor Springs.

Saturday, May 6, 10am

Tour the Cheboygan Waste Water Facility. Learn about the new technology being implemented to upgrade the facility. 973 N Huron Street, Cheboygan

Saturday, May 13, 11am

Guided Sturgeon Viewing Tour at Upper Black River. Pre-registration required. Participants can register by emailing Brenda at

Pre-registration for sturgeon viewing is required. Go to Give your name, # of people, City, and phone #.

Sunday, May 21, 1pm

Harvest Thyme Farm and Vineyard Tour: 4848 Indian Trail, Cheboygan.

Saturday, June 3, 3 – 5pm

Discover the Nature’s Megaphone! Hike with naturalists from Little Traverse Nature Conservancy to see how Nature’s Megaphone helps bring the woods alive. The 2 mile hike, through woods and over water can be done by all ages. Children are invited. Meet at the Agnes S. Andreae Nature Preserve parking area on Riverwoods Trail and Big Sky Trail off Onaway Rd., North of M68.

Saturday, June 10, 12pm – 2pm

Visit the Children’s Trail for several hours of activities for adults and children. Learn about composting kitchen waste, and lamprey in our lakes, how to nurture garden plants, make plaster casts of animal tracks, how to plant seeds and more. Free fishing day. Children’s Trail is on the east side of the river near the ball fields. Enter from Cleveland Ave.

Saturday, June 24, 11am

Little Traverse Bay Fishery Tour: The tribe’s DNR manages a small scale fish hatchery, conducting research, and rearing several different species including Sturgeon, White fish and Herring/Cisco. 5766 Drier Rd., Levering, MI 49755