LTC Bird and Nature Program, May 3rd

  • Little Traverse Conservancy Bird and Nature Program for Families: Spring Migrants and River LifeBridge-over-the-Bear-River-2
  • May 3, 2014, 10am to 11:30am
  • Bear River Recreation Area, West Lake St., Petoskey.
  • Preregistration required: 231-347-0991
  • Explore the Bear River Recreation Area with expert birder Mary Trout as nature is awakening from a long winter. We’ll search for warblers, catbirds, thrushes and other returning migrants among the shrubs and trees. We’ll also check out the river for water birds, turtles, fish and other river critters and put together a nesting material hanger for you to take home for the courting birds in your neighborhood. Binoculars and field guides will be available during the event, but please bring your own if you have them. Pre-registration required. Meet at Mineral Well Park Shelter.

Getting Kids Outdoors 3rd Annual Spring Kickoff, Apr 26th

  • IMG_4688April 26th, 1 to 4 pm at Pond Hill Farm, rain or shine
  • FREE, donations appreciated
  • Get a free Passport to Adventure, one per family
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion for bringing your completed passports
  • NEW THIS YEAR – GKO logo drawstring backpacks filled with door prizes and other goodies.  Our local businesses have been generous as always! 1 for $5, 2 for $4, 3 for $10, 4 or more for $3 each.
  • Hike to the trout pond with Bearcub Outfitters Family Hiking Club. Bring quarters to feed the fish!
  • Pond Dipping – hands-on fun and learning with local Natureologist, Maureen Stine. Time to get your hands (and feet) dirty!
  • Outdoor Games – Sack races, old school backyard games and much more! Test your physical creativity here.
  • Local vendors providing hands-on activitiesIMG_4690
  • Hayrides every half hour
  • Archery
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Live music
  • Barn Animals – feed Pond Hill’s goats, chickens, and cows.
  • Snacks from our sponsors available in The Garden Cafe.
  • More details to come in a future flyer.
  • Any question?  Email Ali at alison.berry27@gmail.com or Jen at todd.jen@charter.net


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LTC Hike at Birge Nature Preserve, May 2nd

  • Little Traverse Conservancybirge nature preserve
  • May 2, 2014 from 10am to 12pm
  • Birge Nature Preserve, Point Brulee Rd., Cedarville MI
  • Phone: 231-347-0991
  • Join LTC staff Mike Lynch for a guided outing at the Birge Preserve in Cedarville. Look down for signs and tracks of wildlife and look up for sights and sounds of abundant birdlife. Enjoy the spring air as you walk the 2 miles of trail at this 335 acre eastern UP Preserve. Please wear appropriate footwear for wet trails with potential snowy conditions. Outing will either be a hike or snowshoe depending upon conditions the week of the event.

Camp Daggett Mother Daughter Weekend

May 2-4, 2014rope course

It’s time to get ready for the Mother Daughter Weekend May 2nd – 4th, 2014! This is a great weekend for mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers or “Big Sisters” and daughters age 7-17 to spend some quality time together.  Activities planned for 2014 include s’mores by the campfire, scavenger hunt, gentle yoga, Zumba, book reviews with McLean and Eakin, nature hikes, rock climbing/high ropes course activities, pontoon boat ride (weather permitting), reading, puzzles, games and relaxing.

Great food, fun and fellowship!!


Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Hike, Apr 27th

  • Sunday April 27, 10:00 AM – Noonmill creek

  • Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Hike to Beaver Pond led by Kate Caldwell. Learn about local geology, wildlife, and a beaver’s effect on nature.

Family Earth/ Arbor Day Celebration at Wagbo Farm, Apr 27th

  • Sunday, April 27thwagbo
  • 1pm to 3pm
  • Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center in East Jordan.
  • FREE & family-friendly.
  • A special day for showing our Mother Earth some love! We’ll be honoring the day with a tree planting, wooly crafts to make-and-take, fun games and activities and visiting the farm animals.
  • For more information contact the Wagbo Farm at 231-536-0333 or info@wagbo.org.


Raptor Watch in Mackinaw City, Apr 23rd

  • Wednesday April 23rd 1:00 PMraptor watch

  • Raptor Watch by Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch.
  • Marvel at the spring bird migration, especially birds of prey soaring overhead to gain altitude to fly north. Meet at Mackinaw City Historical Park. Dress very warmly and bring a lawn chair.
  • For more information contact Kathy at kathynaturelover@gmail.com.

Tour the Floating Laboratories of the Great Lakes! Apr 16th

  • Wednesday April 16th 6:00 PM – 7:00 PMsturgeon lab

  • Tour the Floating Laboratories of the Great Lakes!
  • The 104 foot Sturgeon and 75 foot Grayling  (docked on the Cheboygan River) will be open for a guided tour by vessel captains on April 16 from 6-7pm. Tour participants will see the inner workings of the ships and learn how science is completed on board a research vessel. There is a 25 person limit to the tour (participants must pre-register), so reserve your spot soon by calling Judi Chimner at 231-625-2691.
  • The tour location is the USGS Cheboygan Vessel Base at 606 Water St., Cheboygan.

Earth Week Expo in Cheboygan, Apr 12th

Earth Week Expo Northern Michigan 2014earth week plus

  • What: A family friendly event featuring presentations about the earth and its creatures, displays, and exhibits for all ages.
  • Where:  Cheboygan High School801 West Lincoln Ave.Cheboygan, Michigan. 49721
  • When: Saturday, April 12th, 2014
  • DOORS OPEN AT 11:30 AM
  • The following local businesses and organizations will have educational, retail sales and display presentation tables at the Earth Week Plus Expo. Please arrive early so you can see all of the displays. Our event is free so please support our sponsors and participants by stopping by the booths of  these individuals and groups to find out more about the services and products they offer. There will be many cool, fun and informational displays and some will be interactive!
  1. CHEBOYGAN COUNTY 4-H                                      Leigh Ann Thunick
  2. RESTORE OUR WATER INTERNATIONAL          Roger Gauthier
  3. SUNDOWN ALPACA RANCH                                    Liz  Fagel
  4. STURGEON FOR TOMORROW                                Brenda Archambo
  5. TREE GIVEAWAY/ PLASTIC BAG ISSUE              Karen Martin
  6. CHEBOYGAN  COUNTY RECYCLING                     Dan O’Henley
  7. CHEBOYGAN  H.S. GREEN DINOSAURS              Maggie Catchic
  8. MAEAP                                                                            Chris Anderson (Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program
  9. SEEDUMS GARDEN CLUB                                        Susie Painter
  10. CREATION STATION                                                  Nikki Darnell
  11. MSU EXTENSION: FIREWISE                                 Dennis McClure
  12. USGS HAMMOND BAY BIO-STATION                  Andrea Miehls
  13. TIP of the MITT WATERSHED COUNCIL             Jen Gelb
  14. STRAITS AREA AUDUBON SOCIETY                    Dale Giddings
  15. NORTHERNAIRE WILDLIFE RESCUE                 Susan Good
  16. AMERICORPS (Pigeon River Country)  &               Kyle Bartowitz HURON PINES RIVER MODEL
  17. CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY                                     Elizabeth Dell
  18. NOAA: THUNDER BAY MARINE SANCTUARY    Sarah Waters Underwater Robot!
  20. LITTLE TRAVERSE CONSERVANCY                      Melissa  Hansen
  21. BRASSWIND LANDING BOAT RENTAL                Sheree and Richard Lincoln
  22. INNOVATIVE SEPTIC SOLUTIONS                        Richard  Lincoln
  23. OCEAN ACIDIFICATION / DEMO                           Jennifer Croskrey
  24. NCMC                                                                                    Lynn Turner
  25. NORTHERN MICHIGAN DIVE CENTER         Joe Lavender
  26. STURGEON RIVER FOOD CO-OP                       Karen Magee
  27. THE GRAIN TRAIN                                             Mindy Taylor
  28. NEMGLSI                                                                  Jacob DeWitt



Dark Sky Program at that Headlands

  • Tuesday, April 15eclipse
  • 12:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. (yes, you read that time right!)
  • Dark Sky Viewing Area at the Headlands
  • “Field Trip to the Moon, Part II”

Field Trip to the Moon pt II ~ Total Lunar Eclipse, visible for us 12:30 a.m. This year’s Total Eclipse of the Full Moon will be visible overnight from Monday to Tuesday at the Headlands, and our field trip tonight will include the stories of ages regarding eclipses, with rare and wonderful views through binoculars and telescopes. Ideal for photography.

Ideal for those who have older teens and file their taxes early. :)

Pond Hill Farm Easter Egg Hunt Apr 19th

  • Easter Egg Hunt at Pond Hill Farmpondhillfarm
  • Time to be determined.
  • Spring is a great time of year for a visit to this very kid-friendly farm!


Raven Hill Discovery Center – free to families on Apr 12th

FREE (Families Reaching Educational Excellence) raven hill

  • 2nd Saturday Series: A Family Affair
  • Noon to 4
  • Free admission for families.  Please no groups or organizations.   Families can explore the hands-on museum and animals indoors and enjoy the outdoor exhibits as weather permits.
  • Questions? 231.536.3369 | 877.833.4254 | info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org


Maple Moon Family Sugary Weekend Tours, Mar-Apr

  • Maple Moon Family Sugary is offering free tours of its maple syrup production this spring.maple moon family sugary
  • Saturdays and Sundays through the end of April
  • Tours at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, no reservations needed
  • Located 4 miles east of Petoskey at 4454 Atkins Rd
  • www.mmsyrup.com or 231-487-9058

Jr. Master Gardener Course at Lincoln Elementary, Apr 16th – May 21st

  • MSU Extension 4-H Jr. Master Gardener Course offered at Lincoln Elementary for 3rd – 5th gradersjr master gardener
  • Wednesdays from April 16th to May 21st
  • 3:15 – 5:00
  • Registration due April 4th. $25 if registered before Friday, April 4, $35 for registration between April 4 – 7.
  • Students will meet after school once a week at Lincoln Elementary to learn about soil composition, plants, growing fruit, insects, trees and shrubs, food preservation and food safety.
  • The program requirements include five to six classroom sessions, as well as hands-on work cleaning out school flower beds, taking soil samples, planting flowers and trees, and completing 10 hours of community service.   Students will also have the opportunity to participate in local field trips.
  • For more information, contact Diane Brazier at the MSU Extension office – 231-348-1770

Owl Banding at Headlands International Dark Sky Park

  • Saturday, April 5thowl
  • 7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Guest House
  • Owl Banding with Ed Pike

Professional birder Ed Pike, licensed bird bander, will conduct research on migrating saw-whet owls at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

Though the event is free and open to the public, space is limited and reservations are required. 

To study the little-known saw-whet owl ~ strictly nocturnal creatures that depend on plumage for camouflage during the day and deep darkness for mating, migration and predation by night ~ Ed Pike uses mist nets, which he casts into the thickly forested area near the Headlands Guest House. Then, while waiting for the catch, Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program Director Mary Stewart Adams leads participants through the wonders of the night sky. This is an exceptional program for experiencing what’s happening in our nighttime habitats — and why protecting natural darkness matters so much.

NOTE: Because we are dealing with a sensitive nighttime habitat, space will be limited and reservations are required. To make reservations, call (231) 348-1713.

Maple Syrup Open House at Parsons Centennial Farm, Mar 22nd & 23rd

  • March 22, 2014 – March 23, 2014   Noon to 4:00 pmparsons farm
  • FREE
  • Come and celebrate spring and maple syrup time! Tour our state-of-the-art facility and enjoy free maple treats. Fun for the whole family!
  • Parsons Centennial Farm:  61 Parsons Rd Charlevoix, MI 49720
  • Contact Information: Terri Parsons 231-547-2038; http://www.harwoodgold.com

Maple Sugaring Day at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Mar 22nd

  •  If you’ve never been to Tahquamenon Fall in the winter, this is a great time to show your kids the beauty of a frozen river!  The event is FREE!frozen falls
  •  Tahquamenon Falls State Park will host its annual ‘Maple Sugaring Day’ at the park’s Upper Falls area on Saturday, March 22 from 12-4 p.m.
  • Free guided tours of the sugar bush will take place on the hour beginning at noon. Participants will visit multiple demonstration stations set up along a hiking trail to learn about the process of converting maple sap into syrup. The demonstrations will include both historical and modern methods of making syrup.
  • The sugar bush demonstrations will feature hands-on activities, and maple syrup experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide advice about at-home maple sugaring. Participants will have the chance to taste-test a variety of homemade syrups from the region on pancakes served hot off the griddle.
  • Nature’s Kennel will offer $25 dog sled rides during the event. One dog sled accommodates one adult and one child. Local vendors will also have maple sugaring products available to purchase.
  • The privately owned Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Restaurant, located at the Upper Falls, will be open from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • For more information about the event, contact Theresa Neal at 906-492-3415, Debbie Munson Badini at 906-226-1352, or visit www.michigan.gov/tfallseducation.
  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park is located at 41382 West M-123 in Paradise. Semi-modern campsites and a modern lodge are available during the winter at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The campsites include electrical outlets, but no flush toilets; the lodge includes heat, electricity, a furnished kitchen, a bathroom and bedrooms. Reservations can be made by calling the park headquarters at 906-492-3415.

Michigan Historical Center offers archaeology-based summer Dig Camp

Michigan Historical Center offers archaeology-based summer camp in June, Julydnr digcamp

A weeklong summer camp experience for 10- to 12-year-olds will be offered in June and July at the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing. “Dig Camp” will focus on archaeology and be tied to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) core concepts.The first session is set for June 23-27; the second, July 14-18. Each day runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Before care and after care also will be offered each day from 8 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m. at no additional charge. Each weeklong session is limited to 20 participants.

The cost for the weeklong Dig Camp is $275 per child. For families with an annual membership to the museum, that price is discounted to $250 per child.

“If your child likes science and history, then Dig Camp is for him or her,” said Mark Harvey, archivist for the Archives of Michigan. “Dig Camp will teach the skills used in science, technology, engineering and math to study the past, making archaeology a fun way to learn these core concepts. Dig Camp is an innovative learning experience that involves hands-on activities for the students.”

Some of the skills that will be explored during Dig Camp include:

  • Critical reasoning through forming and testing hypotheses
  • Natural sciences through understanding archaeological site formation
  • Spatial relationships through scaled mapping and drawing
  • Technology through computer-aided data collection
  • Functional design through artifact analysis
  • Experimentation through trial and error of re-creating past technologies
  • Ethics and personal responsibility through teamwork and knowledge sharing.

“Archaeologists play an important role in helping us discover and learn about social relationships, the environment, biology and technology and how it has changed,” said Stacy Tchorzynski, archaeologist with the State Historic Preservation Office and Department of Natural Resources. “Dig Camp taps into a child’s natural curiosity and sparks a deeper interest in history and STEM.”

For more information on Dig Camp, including online registration, go to www.michigan.gov/museum.

Contact: Mark Harvey, 517-373-1415 or Ed Golder, 517-284-5815

2014 Maple Syrup Workshop

Raven Hill Discovery Center, FREE on Mar 8th

  • FREE (Families Reaching Educational Excellence) raven hill
  • 2nd Saturday Series: A Family Affair
  • Noon to 4
  • Free admission for families.  Please no groups or organizations.   Families can explore the hands-on museum and animals indoors and enjoy the outdoor exhibits as weather permits.
  • Questions? 231.536.3369 | 877.833.4254 | info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org