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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   

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  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 09:00 AM · 4 rsvps
    The Michigan Union in Ann Arbor, MI

    MI Climate Action Summit 2020


    Thursday, March 12, 2020


    Michigan Union
    530 S State St
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    United States


    Check out the rest of our lineup and schedule here!

    The Summit will bring together the general public, climate advocates & scientists, activists, and policymakers in order to move Michigan toward just and rapid action to address the climate crisis.

    Let's make equitable climate action a top priority for the Whitmer administration and set a bold agenda for Michigan's leaders to make the state of Michigan a leader on climate justice!

    Carpool to the Summit

    In addition to a day filled with inspiration and action, tickets include a delicious plant-based lunch and an after-Summit reception with a cash bar. 

    The event is currently sold out. If you would like to come, please sign up for the Summit Waitlist should tickets become available.

    Waitlist Sign Up

    We are honored to announce that tribal leader Frank Ettawageshik and Ann Arbor Mayor Chris Taylor will be kicking off the summit.


    Kate Madigan
    (517) 201-2568

    2020 Michigan Climate Action Summit

  • Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    Hagerty Center in Traverse City, MI

    2020 Spring Bluebird Festival

    2020 Spring Bluebird Festival

          Saturday, March 21, 2020 

               9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


                    Hagerty Center

                     Northwestern Michigan College

               Traverse City, Michigan


    The Michigan Bluebird Society is very pleased to announce the 15th Annual Spring Bluebird Festival.  This is a day of fun and education with the focus on Eastern Bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds in the state of Michigan.   This event is geared toward any individual, family or group who is interested in learning how to use nest boxes, feeders, plantings and land management to encourage nesting birds such as Bluebirds.  Some of the advantages of attending this informative, fun filled day are:

    • Great program schedule - topics include Bluebirds, Chimney Swifts, birds, and nature
    • A Bluebird Expert Panel Discussion - Get all of your Bluebird questions answered!
    • Keynote Program:  Captivating Bluebirds by renowned photographer, naturalist and author Stan Tekiela who wrote the book of the same name!  Mr. Tekiela will be available to sign copies of his books.
    • Local film maker, photographer and naturalist Charles St. Charles will provide an exciting video preview of his soon to be completed documentary film on the nesting cycle of Eastern Bluebirds.  
      Don't miss this amazing program where you'll see incredible never before seen footage of the bluebird raising their young.
    • Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshop - Take home a nest box to put up in your yard
    • Educational exhibits on Bluebirds and other native birds
    • A Bluebird Expo - where you can purchase Bluebird nest boxes, poles, accessories and more.  (All proceeds after costs go directly to help Bluebird conservation in Michigan.)
    • Talk to experienced Bluebirders one-on-one
    • Master Gardeners wil be on hand to answer your gardening questions. They will have free informational handouts on many subjects.
    • Prize Drawings and More!


    Cost to Attend: General admission and parking is FREE! 

    Admission to the Keynote Program is FREE! 

    Cost for lunch $20. Cost for Nest Box Workshop $25.


    For full agenda and more info click below:


  • Monday, April 06, 2020 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Historic Barns at the T.C. Commons

    Groundwork's 25th Anniversary Celebration

    Groundwork 25th Birthday Party
    FREE POTLUCK. Please bring dish to pass.
    Historic Barns, Grand Traverse Commons

  • Friday, April 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM through April 25, 2020
    MSU Ag Bio Research Center in Lake City, MI

    Missaukee Conservation District Tree Sale 2020

    Missaukee Conservation District Annual Seedling, Conservation Products, & Native Plant Sale ~ 2020


    Spring will be here before we know it and that means that the 2020 Missaukee Conservation District Tree Sale is just around the corner!  Choose from a wide variety of conifers, hardwoods, shrubs, fruits & veggies, seed mixes, planting aids, and NEW this year native plant garden kits!  

    The entire catalog may be accessed at our website at or you can call our office to request a hard copy at 231.839.7193.  Deadline to submit orders for seedlings, seed mixes, and conservation products is April 9, 2020.  

    Pick-up will once again be at the MSU AgBio Research Station located at 5401 W. Jennings Road, Lake City April 24 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and April 25 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

    Deadline to submit orders for native plant garden kits is May 28, 2020 and pick-up will be June 5 from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Missaukee Conservation District Community Room located at 6180 W. Sanborn Road, Lake City. 

  • Friday, April 24, 2020 at 05:30 PM · $25.00 USD

    2020 Environmentalist of the Year

    Environmentalist of the Year Celebration

    Join NMEAC and environmentalists from across the region at the 32nd Annual Environmentalist of the Year Awards & Celebration on April 24. This is the premier environmental celebration in northern Michigan.

    Bryan NewlandThe evening starts with drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the Dennos Museum, and then we'll enter the Milliken Auditorium for an evening filled with music, inspiring words, and a celebration of the people that create the world we want to see right here in northwest lower Michigan.

    This year's guest speaker will be Brian Newland, the Tribal Chairman of the Bay Mills Chippewa and Ottawa Tribes.

    Nominations are open through March 31 - who do you know that is deserving of an award?

    Nominate an Environmentalist of the Year

    Early-Bird tickets now on sale below!

  • Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    MSU Ag Bio Research Station in Lake City, MI

    Create a Native Garden in Your Own Backyard Workshop

    Nature Naturally: Creating a native garden in your own backyard

    This native plant workshop will be held in conjunction with Missaukee Conservation District’s Annual Seedling Sale April 25, 2020.  The workshop will run from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at the MSU AgBio Research Station located at 5401 W. Jennings Road, Lake City, 49651.  

    Garrett Noyes of Birdsfoot Native Nursery will focus on techniques for growing native plants for landscaping and habitat enhancement.  Site preparation, design seeding, transplanting, and maintenance will be discussed including some hands-on components as well as best practices to attract and support pollinator and other wildlife species.

    Reserve your spot today by calling our office at 231.839.7193 or register online at  Cost for the workshop is $10 for Missaukee County landowners and $15 for non-landowners

  • Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 06:00 PM through May 19, 2020 · 3 rsvps

    Michigan Clean Energy Conference

    Join leaders from around the state and nation to connect, collaborate, and celebrate Michigan's bright clean energy future.

    This three-day event includes a VIP welcome and networking reception, facilitated deal-making summit, plenary sessions, keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and extracurriculars.

    This event will:

    • Drive utility-scale energy deals in Michigan.
    • Create local jobs, infrastructure, and educational opportunities.
    • Pressure utilities to innovate.
    • Discuss the future of Michigan's distribution, transmission, and storage problems.
    • Connect clean energy projects with poverty alleviation.
    • Encourage governments, businesses, and nonprofits to commit to 100% goals.
    • Lift up the voice of Michigan's rural population.

    RSVP below to let us know to connect with you at the event, but please purchase tickets at the event's website.


    If more questions,  contact

    Miriam Owsley

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Workshop Brewery in Traverse City, MI

    NMEAC's 40th Anniversary Celebration

    Save the date

    There will be music, food and a celebration of our past leaders and accomplishments

    Free event, open to the public

    Details and exact time to be decided






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