YES! Youth Explorer Series

Summer 2021

Summer education programs are back! Our YES program is intentionally designed to expose our nature-loving youth to activities and skills they can carry with them throughout their lifetime. Adventures vary in length, time, and age appropriate topics. All are consciously structured to meet the evolving COVID-19 restrictions. Registration is required as space is limited.

Programs are free to current members (families who donate $1 or more to Little Traverse Conservancy) or $5 for non-members.

 

Program offerings are listed below along with recommended age ranges for each topic. Click the button below to register!

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Youth Explorer Series Summer Programs

Thursday, July 1 / 10:00 – 11:30am
Tanton Family Working Forest Reserve, Petoskey

Come enjoy and explore these new mountain bike designed trails! Ideal for beginner to intermediate level riders. Bring your own mountain bike. Extra water, appropriate footwear, and helmets are required.

PROGRAM FULL!

Tuesday, July 6 / 10:00 – 11:30am
Charles A. Ransom Nature Preserve, Charlevoix

This program focuses on shelter building, the 10 essentials, and the mindset needed in survival situations. We will cover the importance of being prepared before venturing out into the woods. We will also take a short hike. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

PROGRAM FULL!

Thursday, July 8 / 10:30am – 12:00
Round Lake Boat Launch (Powell Rd.), Harbor Springs

You won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to explore Round Lake via kayak! Life jackets are required. Some kayaks and life jackets are available. Space is limited.

Tuesday, July 13 / 10:00 – 11:30am
Boyne School Forest, Boyne City

Our friends at Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association (TOMMBA) built this trail system that meanders through a beautiful rolling hardwood forest. Designed for beginner to intermediate level riders. Bring your own mountain bike. Extra water, appropriate footwear, and helmets are required.

PROGRAM FULL!

Thursday, July 15  / 10:00 – 11:30am
Five Mile Creek Nature Preserve, Harbor Springs

The ability to use a compass and read a map is a crucial skill if you enjoy the outdoors. This program will cover both! The Five Mile Creek Nature Preserve is a hidden gem in northern Michigan and a must see. The lack of trails makes for a walk that requires maneuvering over logs and through branches. Dress for hiking, in clothes and shoes you won’t mind getting wet.

PROGRAM FULL!

Tuesday, July 20/ 10:00 – 11:30am
Susan Creek Nature Preserve, Charlevoix

Get ready to lift a log, dig through the mud, and follow the buzz in search of fascinating bugs. Let’s see how many different kinds of insects we can find. Sweep nets, bug jars, and identification books are provided.

PROGRAM FULL!

Wednesday, July 21 / 10:00 – 11:30am
Allan and Virginia McCune Nature Preserve, Petoskey

This program focuses on shelter building, the 10 essentials, and the mindset needed in survival situations. We will cover the importance of being prepared before venturing out into the woods. We will also take a short hike. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

PROGRAM FULL!

Thursday, July 29 / 10:30am – 12:00
Agnes S. Andreae Nature Preserve, Indian River

Our adventure will begin with a hike along the Pigeon River to a gorgeous lookout and one of our nation’s only nature megaphones. The hike is two miles in total. If tromping through the woods and playing along a river sounds like fun, then this is the program for you! Dress for hiking, in clothes you won’t mind getting wet.

PROGRAM FULL!

Thursday, August 5 / 9:30 – 11:30am
Maple River, Brutus

Trout Unlimited is partnering with LTC to offer this incredible opportunity to youth! Taking place on a pristine stretch of the Maple River, this program show how to fly fish, read the river, and tie flies. All gear is provided. Space is limited. Directions will be provided once registered.