Protecting the natural and scenic character of northern Michigan.
Summer Programs 2018-01-03T10:02:23+00:00

Summer Environmental Education Programs 2018 – STAY TUNED!


Bay Day
Saturday, August 19 10am-2pm
Now in conjunction with the Petoskey Festival on the Bay. A family-friendly water festival at Bayfront Park with hands-on activities for kids and an opportunity to learn from Northern Michigan’s environmental experts on wildlife, water quality, stewardship, and recreation. Crafts, demonstrations, and much more. Free admission.

Thorne Swift Nature Preserve Summer Programs
The 30-acre Thorne Swift Nature Preserve offers a full nature center and beautiful trail system on the shores of Lake MIchigan, just north of Harbor Springs. Parking fee is $5 for non-township residents (no charge for Conservancy members). Season pass available for $15. Call 231.526.6401 to register for a program. If fee is not mentioned, there is no charge.

Kids Camp
Tuesdays, 10:30-2:30, July 11 & 25, and August 8.
Our Kids Camps have been lengthened to four hours, giving us more time to explore and have fun. We will still listen to stories around the fire circle, work on craft projects, but we will now be able to spend more time on the trails and at the beach. BYO Lunch.

Fairy House Workshops
Saturdays, July 22 and August 12, 7pm
Our Fairy House workshops have been so popular, we are offering them again this season . We combine a wide variety of natural materials to create magical little dwellings. Our fairy houses are at home inside as well as outside in the garden. $10 materials fee.

Medicinal and Edible Plants Hike
Saturdays, July 8, August 5 10-11:30am
This program will include gathering methods, preparation, and some taste testing.

Celestial Observation
Fridays, July 14, July 28 10pm
Monday, August 7, 9:30pm. Call for rain dates.
In this program, we will explore different kinds of telescopes and how they work. We will also describe the motions of the heavens, how to read star charts, and simply view the night sky.

Monday, July 17 7pm
We will create little worlds, very low-maintenance container gardens,
using native plants. $10 materials fee.

Lighted Twig Chandelier
Tuesday, August 1, 7pm
Lighted twig chandeliers are as beautiful outdoors as they are indoors. They blend simple wiring with the natural grace of branches, forming artistic expressions of lighting. $2