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Headlands Dark Sky Program

  • Friday, September 5dark sky park
  • 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • Harvest Moon Dance with Live Music!
  • Dark Sky Viewing Area   

The rhythmic rising and setting of sun and moon and stars throughout the season draws forth an abundant harvest from the Earth, and a desire to dance in the rest of us!

Bluestem Farm Hayride & Potluck, Sep 13th

  • Saturday, Aug 16thbluestem hayrides
  • 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Meet the farmers and get an up-close look at the animals, vegetable gardens, woods, and fields that make up Bluestem Farm, and share a potluck meal. Families welcome. Free. Like farming, this hayride happens rain or shine, but there’s a big barn for cover if the weather’s not good. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes you won’t mind getting dirty. If you’d like to share the meal, please bring a dish to pass along with your own place-settings. For your comfort, you might want a chair or blanket to sit on, but if you’re not too particular we’ll have an assortment of things to sit on. Event parking is on the north side of M-32, on Adams Road. No dogs, please. Please note that if you are relying on electronic navigation to get here, it will steer you wrong. The farm is at M-32 and Adams Road, and the driveway is off M-32.
  • For more info go to www.bluestemfarm.net

Bearcub Outfitters’ Family Hike, Aug 23rd

  • Bubbling Springs Conservancy Trailltc
  • August 23rd
  • 10am
  • This will be a short and easy hike for all ages.
  • Just a few miles from downtown Petoskey, this 15-acre preserve offers a short trail system and natural oasis for exploration. While enjoying a mix of mature upland hardwood forest and a swampy corridor with a small stream, try to find the springs. From the intersection of US-31 and US-131 in Petoskey, travel south on US-131 1½ miles to Intertown Rd. Turn right (west) on Intertown and travel 1.1 miles to the preserve on the right side of the road. There is a parking lot that is marked by a Conservancy Preserve Sign.

 

New Moon Stargaze Picnic, Headlands Dark Sky Park, Aug 25th

Location: Dark Sky Viewing Area at Headlands Dark Sky Parkdark sky park

Time: 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Summer is not complete without an evening relaxing on a blanket beneath the stars in Northwest Michigan! Stargazer’s bonus: The richest part of the Milky Way arcs overhead in August.

Kids Outdoors Otsego family hike, Aug 23rd

  • Saturday, August 23rd KOO
  •  10:00 to noon
  • Aspen Park in Gaylord
  • Join Kids Outdoors Otsego hiking along some shady trails, sunny meadows, and probably a
    stop at the pond.   It is a Gaylord City park, located at the east end of
    Commerce Blvd (the street that goes to the post office).    As usual,
    you’ll be with your own kids.   We’ll have water for drinks,  and a
    few surprises.  The Kids Outdoors Otsego Facebook page has pictures from previous KOO hikes there.  Be sure to “like” us. :)

Geocache & Scavenger Hunt at Sturgeon River Preserve, Aug 16th

Aug 16th, 1-4:00 pmheadwaters

Family fun at Sturgeon River Preserve

3749 Whitmarsh Rd, Vanderbilt MI

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Nature Coloring Books

Learn how to Geocache!  No experience necessary.  GPS units provided by HeadWaters Land Conservancy

For more information contact Libby Benjamin, 989-731-0573, LBenjamin@headwatersconservancy.org

Perseid Meteor Shower Picnic, Headlands Dark Sky Park, Aug 12th

Time: starting at sunset, 8:54 p.m.dark sky park

Location: Dark Sky Viewing Area at Headlands Dark Sky Park

Though the Perseids are diminished by nearly Full moonlight this year, we can think of no better way to spend an evening in Northern Michigan than beside the shores of the Great Lake, with moonlight on high and the chance of shooting stars overhead. Bring your favorite picnic items and partners, and join us for a dazzling and romantic evening under the starry skies of the Headlands.

Raven Hill Discovery Center – free for families Aug 9th

raven hill summerFREE (Families Reaching Educational Excellence)

  • 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

Bluestem Farm Hayride & Potluck, Aug 16th

  • Saturday, Aug 16th
  • 5:30 – 7:30 pmbluestem hayrides
  • Meet the farmers and get an up-close look at the animals, vegetable gardens, woods, and fields that make up Bluestem Farm, and share a potluck meal. Families welcome. Free. Like farming, this hayride happens rain or shine, but there’s a big barn for cover if the weather’s not good. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes you won’t mind getting dirty. If you’d like to share the meal, please bring a dish to pass along with your own place-settings. For your comfort, you might want a chair or blanket to sit on, but if you’re not too particular we’ll have an assortment of things to sit on. Event parking is on the north side of M-32, on Adams Road. No dogs, please. Please note that if you are relying on electronic navigation to get here, it will steer you wrong. The farm is at M-32 and Adams Road, and the driveway is off M-32.
  • For more info go to www.bluestemfarm.net

Lights Out Across the Straits – Lights Out Across the Bay

  • Tuesday, July 29bridge
  • Lights Out Across the Straits; Lights Out Across the Bay ~ The Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower will rain overhead this night, and the communities of St Ignace and Mackinaw, as well as Harbor Springs and Petoskey, are taking the pledge to turn off the lights in a friendly competition to see who can achieve greater darkness. Watch the lights go down and the stars come out to play!

Headlands Dark Sky Program

  • Saturday, July 26 thunder moon
  • 8:30-10:30 pm (sunset is 9:16 pm this evening)
    New Moon stargaze picnic ~ July is the month of the Thunder Moon, and as Jupiter nears the end of its sojourn in our evening skies, we will gather for mythological tales of the “Thunderer”, and telescopic views at our systems largest planet.

Nature Journaling at Three Pines Studio, Aug 2nd

August 2, 1-3pmthree pines

Three Pines Studio

Looking for a way to relax and enjoy nature?

Experience the outdoors through writing

and drawing. Absorb the summer season

through observation, description and reflectionthree pines 2

and learn simple sketching and writing

techniques inspired by professional author

and nature journalist, Claire Walker Leslie.

Local naturalist, Alison Berry, will cover

the fundamentals of basic journaling skills.

An ideal class for beginners. Please bring

your unlined spiral notebook (5×7 or 8×11

suggested) and at least two pencils (no colored

pencils), sun protection, water and portable

chairs (optional). A walk down to the Cross

Village Beach if time and weather permit.

Meet on the porch at Three Pines.

Ages: 8+ w/adult. Workshop Fee: $15

Artist /Instructor: Alison Berry

http://www.threepinesstudio.com/threepines.htm, 231-526-9447.

“Headlands by Day” with Naturologist Maureen Stine, Jul 18th

  • ‘Headlands by Day,’ with naturologist Maureen Stine
  • Friday, July 18headlands-dark-sky-park
  • Time: 2-4 pm
  • Location: Meet at Guest House Trailhead

The Headlands property boasts miles of trails, an inland lake, and acres of untouched old-growth forest that make it as rich a resource by day as its skies are overhead at night. For this daytime event, you are invited to join naturologist Maureen Stine for a fun, hands-on, multi-sensory program called, “Nature-Soup” which covers some water and land ecology studies and includes a nice easy nature walk. Well-suited for families with children ages 5-13.

Bluestem Farm Hayride, Potluck & Breathe Owl Breathe Concert, Jul 20th

  • 6:00 pm  Hayride & Potluck bluestem hayrides
  • 7:30 pm Breathe Owl Breathe Concert
  • (This replaces the hayride scheduled for July 19th)
  • Bring your friends and family out to hear the music of Breathe Owl Breathe, a “long-running Michigan trio [who've] spun their intricate sound so patiently and considerately over the course of more than a decade that they slowly transcended the folk and indie scenes they… were born from,” as described by reviewer Fred Thomas.
  • Families are most welcome. Come early and get an up-close look at the animals, vegetable gardens, woods, and fields that make Bluestem Farm an interconnected patchwork of good clean food. For the first part of the evening, just bring yourself, a dish to share, and your place-settings. Potluck and hayride are free.
  • Concert is $15 at the door, $10 in advance. Ticket sales at: http://breatheowlbreatheatbluestem.bpt.me/breathe owl breathe
  • This event, like farming, happens rain or shine, but there’s a big barn for cover if the weather’s not good. For your comfort, you might want a chair or blanket to sit on, but if you’re not too particular we’ll have an assortment of things to sit on. Event parking is on the north side of M-32, on Adams Road. No dogs or alcohol, please.
    **Please note that if you are relying on electronic navigation to get here, it will steer you wrong. The farm is at M-32 and Adams Road.

Michigan Mammals Presentation at Mackinaw Area Library, Jul 15

  • July 15th, 11:00 am
  • Mackinaw Area Public Librarydnr mammals
  • Michigan Mammals: The Michigan DNR will be presenting a hands-on program about Michigan Mammals.

 

Raven Hill Discovery Center – free for families Jul 12th

FREE (Families Reaching Educational Excellence) raven hill summer

  • 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

Children in Nature Summer Program at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve

* Thorne Swift Children in Nature Programthorne swift
* Thursdays, July 10 – August 14
* 10:30 to noon
* Exciting thematic children’s program entails a captivating story session at the fire circle, an outdoor nature activity, and fun crafts.
* Dress for the weather!
* Only cost is a $5 parking fee (waived for members of Little Traverse Conservancy and West Traverse Township residents).

* Please register within one week of the event by calling 231-526-6401.

LTC and Bearcub Outfitters Kids’ Hiking Club Bird Walk

Petoskey Regional Audubon Society (PRAS), Little Traverse Conservancy and Bearcub Outfitters Kids Hiking Club are hosting a Birdbird walk
Walk on July 5.  The walk begins at 9 a.m. at Spring Lake Park, and will be led by PRAS member, Mary Trout.

This free, easy-going walk, will be along the boardwalk and bike path and will last about two hours. It is open to anyone who would like to see birds and learn about birds. Turtles,
beavers, frogs and other animals might also be seen during the walk.

Families are welcome. Loaner binoculars and field guides will be available. No smoking or pets on this walk.

No skills or prior experience necessary. If you have any questions please call Mary Trout at 231-535-2632 or email marytrout@gmail.com

Headlands Dark Sky Park

  • Friday, June 27night sky
  • 9 to 11 pm (sunset is 9:33 pm this evening)
    New Moon stargaze picnic. New Moon can be the darkest time of the month, so we will gather throughout the season to take advantage of the dark with stories of the visible constellations, starting with tonight’s program, timed also to coincide with the Bootid Meteor Shower.

Little Traverse Conservancy Adventure Naturalist Program (ages 9-12)

Ages 9-12. Registration begins June 9th, 2014 and is required. Call Sarah at 231-344-1018.

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Prorams offered Thursdays 10 am – 12pm.

 

Adventures in the Sky – June 26

Skyline Trail, Petoskey

More than 800 acres of land and an elevation of more than 1,200 feet create dramatic views of the northern Michigan skyline. This section of North Country Trail winds up in a switchback pattern, just like climbing a mountain! A variety of wildlife calls this area home. Let’s discover just who lives here as we make our way to the scenic overlook with must-see views!

 

Nature Photography – July 3

Spring Lake Township Park, Petoskey

Interested in photography and love being outdoors? Grab your camera for some photo fun at beautiful Spring Lake Park! Our focus is to improve your nature photography skills and expand your creativity while providing opportunities to photograph unique and exciting subjects in nature. All abilities and cameras welcome.

 

Mountain Biking – July 10

Offield Family Nature Preserve, Harbor Springs

Join former professional mountain biker, Chad Wells, for this fun biking adventure through the Offield Family Nature Preserve! Chad Wells is the manager of North Country Cycle Sports in Petoskey and brings with him a wealth of mountain biking knowledge. The trail is not extreme and hill climbing is minimal. A mountain style bike is recommended for this program. Extra water, appropriate footwear, and helmets are required. Designed for children with an intermediate biking ability.

 

Orienteering – July 17

Ransom Nature Preserve, Charlevoix

Knowing how to use a compass is an important skill to have if you enjoy exploring in nature. Learn basic orienteering as we navigate this beautiful nature preserve. Parents are encouraged to participate, as one adult will be needed to accompany each group. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the view from atop the hill overlooking Lake Michigan. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended.

 

Survival Skills – July 24

McCune Nature Preserve, Petoskey

This course is an introduction to the skills and mindset needed in survival situations. We’ll cover the importance of being prepared and informed before venturing out into the woods, as well as strategies for addressing a survival situation. Skills include shelter building, fire building and identifying the 10 essentials. The McCune Preserve offers a variety of maintained trails through a beautiful Michigan hardwood forest. A short hike will also accompany this program.

 

Adventures on the Pigeon – July 31

Andreae/Banwell Preserves, Cheboygan County

The beautiful Pigeon River meanders its way through the adjoining Andreae and Banwell Preserves in Cheboygan County. Let’s explore it! If tromping through the woods and playing in the river sounds like fun to you, than this is the program for you! Be sure to dress for possibly getting dirty or wet.