Upcoming events

    • 02/22/2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 8527 E Government Center Drive, Suttons Bay, MI

    The Forestry Assistance Program for Leelanau Conservation District is sponsoring a Planting Workshop designed for area residents who would like to learn how to increase their success rate when planting trees and shrubs through careful planning, improved planting techniques, along with enhanced maintenance and protection measures.

    There is no cost to attend the workshop, but registration is appreciated can can be done by contacting Karen Long at the Leelanau Conservation District at (231) 256-9783 or klong@leelanaucd.org.

    • 03/03/2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City

    Glaciers have shaped almost all of Michigan’s landscape. Most of our lakes, hills and soils are a direct re-sult of the action of ice that covered our state from about 30,000 years ago until it finally left, about 10,000 years ago.

    In this talk, Dr. Randy Schaetzl, a Geography/Geology professor at MSU, will discuss the glacial history of NW Lower Michigan, and explain how just about everything we see and use today has linkages to gla-cial ice. Soils are his specialty, so expect to also hear how glacial sediment and soils are interrelated, and how those soils have led to vastly different forest productivities across the mitten.

    Bring your landscape-related questions!

    This event is sponsored by the Forestry Assistance Program.

    For more information, contact Kama Ross, District Forester for Leelanau, Grand Traverse, and Benzie Conservation Districts at 231-256-9783 or kama.ross@macd.org.

    $5/person by March 1, $10/at the door


    • 03/07/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Homestead Township Hall 11508 Honor Highway (US-31) Honor, MI

    Before you place your order for seedlings with the Conservation District or purchase containerized trees or shrubs from your favorite local nursery, come and learn about selecting the right native species for your specific goals, how to maximize planting success with proper site selection and preparation, planting techniques, and follow-up protection and care.

    To register, contact: Aimé Merizon, (231) 882-4391 x11 or aime@benziecd.org

    No charge; donations accepted!



    • 03/15/2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Boardman River Nature Center 1450 Cass Road Traverse City, MI 49685

    Join GTCD’s Kama Ross (District Forester), Katie Grzesiak (Invasive Species Coordinator), Reb Ratliff (Parkland Steward) and Plant It Wild’s Cheryl Gross to learn about selecting the right native seedlings for your specific goals and how you can maximize planting success.

    This workshop is free of charge, but please contact Tricia Forgrave to register, 231-941-0960, ext. 21 or tforgrave@gtcd.org to ensure there is enough seating!


    • 05/01/2017
    • Glen Craft Marina (Boat Slips) 6391 S Lake St

    Did you miss the 2016 Discovery Boat tours? If you would like to join us in 2017, please sign-up here for free and we'll let you know via email as soon as we schedule the boats for 2017. (We will probably know the dates in May and you can signup then.)

    What is Discovery Boat? Join the Glen Lake Association Watershed Biologist, Rob Karner on a pontoon boat for a two hour scientific study of Glen Lake. Using various scientific equipment, students learn all about plankton, water chemistry, swimmers itch life cycle, hydrology, bottom sediments, aquatic succession, and aquatic plants.

    Learn about and see a plankton net, a compound microscope, Ekman Dredge, sonar devices, aqua view underwater camera, and the hydrolab.

    Note: Children under 5 years not allowed. Children 5-10 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If possible, please bring life jackets for children. Click Here to download the liability release form which is required for all participants.

    GLA reserves the right to cancel due to weather conditions. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to starting time.

    • 12/31/2018
    • Glen Lake Watershed

    Guardian logoIf you live within the Glen Lake-Crystal River Watershed, your support is needed to protect and preserve this beautiful area now and for future generations. By taking the Guardian pledge, you agree to adopt your choice of best practices to guide decisions you make that involve your property in 2017-2018. Click on "Register" (in the left hand column) to Take the "Pledge to Protect"

    We also encourage everyone to become an MI Shoreland Steward. Click here to read about the program and rate your shoreland.

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