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With our air, water, land, and climate threatened as never before, now is the time for those who desire a better future to work together.

This is our listing of educational, social, and political events related to the environment that are taking place in the Grand Traverse region. To have your event listed, please send an email to that includes:

day   date   start and end time   name of event   location (with address)  event sponsor  fee/donation   short comment   

Thank you

  • Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Gorec Nature Education Program

    Gorec stands for Greilick Outdoor Recreation and Educational Center

    Today's educational program is on "steps to stewardship of our lakes and watersheds"

    For more information click here

    For our NMEAC records we would appreciate if you would sign up below, but you should also register at the link for more info or to attend.

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Shepler Dock Mackinaw City in Mackinaw City, MI

    Rally to Shut Down Line 5


    This is a critical moment. Right now we're on the verge of Gov. Whitmer deciding if she's going to let Enbridge build a tunnel and keep their pipeline flowing through the Great Lakes for another decade, and through Michigan forever. 

    Oil and Water Don't Mix is organizing a demonstration and we need your help. Please sign up for a shift on Tuesday, May 28 from 10 AM to 2 PM, the first day of the Mackinac Policy Conference as politicians (including Gov. Whitmer), the press, and members of the Detroit Chamber of Commerce arrive and board the ferry to Mackinac Island.

    We need a show of force with a crowd holding NO OIL TUNNEL banners and signs calling out the insanity of building a tunnel for Canadian oil through the Great Lakes. We'll be on the public sidewalk in front of the Shelpler dock in Mackinaw City.

    No Tunnel Protest

    You know that Michigan doesn't need Line 5. The few items it does provide like less than half of the U.P.'s propane can be easily replaced with product that doesn't risk 21% of the world's fresh surface water. A tunnel would take at least 10 years to build and would leave Line 5 pumping through the Straits for another decade. Imagine a 76-year-old pipeline in our water!

    Please RSVP here if you are pretty sure you can come. Choose one or more one-hour shifts to join in on this critical protest.

    We hope to see you this Tuesday in Mackinaw City!





  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 11:30 AM
    Unitarian Universalist Church in Traverse City, MI

    Indivisible Grand Traverse meeting

  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Talking Trash: Where Do Your Consumer Choices Lead?

    June Leelanau League of Women Voters Monthly Meeting - Special Exhibit. Talkin' Trash - Where do your Consumer Choices Lead?

    What can you do with stuff you no longer want? What can we do about the plastics problem?

     FEATURES: Andy Gale, Bay Area Recycling for Charities and Marcia Harris, Leelanau Solid Waste Council

  • Thursday, June 06, 2019 at 07:30 PM
    U_M Biologic Station in Pellston, MI

    Lecture: Confronting the Climate Crisis

    Please join us at the U-M Biological Station (UMBS) for Dr. Knute Nadelhoffer's public lecture: 

    Confronting our Emerging Global Climate Crisis in Northern Michigan.


    Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the UMBS Gates Lecture Hall,

    with a reception and light refreshments starting at 6 p.m.


    SUMMARY: Climate change is upon us and its impacts on our health, economic well-being, and security are rapidly accelerating, at both the global scale and within our Great Lakes region. It is also threatening the integrity of the ecological systems that purify our water, cleanse our atmosphere, and provide us with other environmental and economic benefits. This talk will describe the causes of and evidence for climate change, and will compare the predicted effects of alternative climate change mitigation actions on our region. It will conclude with recommendations for effective policies aimed at minimizing and eventually reducing the most severe consequences of our unfolding climate crisis.


    Knute Nadelhoffer is the Director of UMBS and a professor in the U-M Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. He manages projects focused on human-environment interactions and climate change impacts in the Great Lakes region. His research focuses on relationships among terrestrial ecosystems, water quality, and the climate system. He has published over 125 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters describing ecological processes at local through global scales.


    UMBS is located at 9133 Biological Rd, Pellston, MI 49769. From US-31 or I-75, take Riggsville Rd. (C-64) to the UMBS entry - you'll see a large blue sign across from the East Burt Lake Rd. intersection. 


    The lecture is free and open to the public.

    Parking is available in the guest lot to the right of the main drive or

    near the lecture hall with wheelchair access.

  • Saturday, June 08, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Gorec Nature Education Program

    Gorec stands for Greilick Outdoor Recreation and Educational Center

    Today's educational program is on "native and invasive plants: their impact on water quality and shorelines"

    For more information click here

    For our NMEAC records we would appreciate if you would sign up below, but you should also register at the link for more info or to attend.

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 09:30 AM

    Lower Platte River Clean-Up



    Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes is sponsoring a River Clean-up for the Lower Platte River. Bring your kayak or canoe, paddles, and Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) – or use equipment provided by the Riverside canoe livery. There will be a sign-up table and a couple of short presentations by NPS Rangers, a Forestry Specialist, and a pair of River Clean-up specialists (Gerald and Sue Wilgus).

    If you enjoy this activity, we would encourage you to join our Adopt-A-River program where you can paddle the Crystal or Platte Rivers and help us keep the rivers clean and safe all summer long!

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 04:30 PM
    Sara Hardy Farmers Market Area in Traverse City, MI

    Rally to Protect the Lower Boardman/Ottaway River

    There will be a public engagement “kick-off” for a plan to preserve and protect the Lower Boardman/Ottaway River. 
    We need to get lots of folks there! Spread the word to neighbors and friends.
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfort, MI

    Invasive Plants: Identification and Management

     Emily Cook of the Invasive Species Network will discuss Identifying Invasive Species.  Her presentation will cover the harm caused by invasive terrestrial plants; identification of invasive plants, early detection, and the stages of invasion; and best practices to remove invasive plants.  We encourage those in attendance to volunteer in garlic mustard pulls, baby’s breath digs, and Japanese Barberry removal.  




    Hosted by Plant It Wild


  • Friday, June 21, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Gilbert Lodge at Twin Lakes Park in Traverse City, MI

    Summer Solstice Celebration and Bonfire


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