Like the outdoors? Want to learn about the natural world and its profound connection to Michigan’s economy and communities? Join Huron Pines to explore the issues, get your hands dirty, and earn your Conservation Champion certificate!  Huron Pines, a conservation organization dedicated to preserving the forests, lakes and streams, teams up with North Central to offer this summer series.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. classroom sessions at the University Center in Gaylord
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. field days: Locations to be announced
$80 for series of classroom and adventure program.

River Ecology 101: Connected Communities

Wednesday, July 9       6-8 PM                       
Gaylord University Center

This introduction to river processes such as meandering, erosion and deposition will also show how streams are impacted by people.

Field Day: Reading the River

Saturday, July 12         9 AM – 12 Noon         
Location to be announced

Learn how to speak the language of the river and identify different habitats and river features.

A Delicate Balance: People and Animals

Wednesday, July 16     6-8 PM            
Gaylord University Center

Discuss ways to estimate and manage wildlife population sizes and how to balance the needs of people and animals.

Human Impacts: Preserving and Restoring

Wednesday, July 23     6-8 PM            
Gaylord University Center

Learn about current and ongoing issues and how they relate to your quality of life.

Field Day: Keeping the Pulse

Saturday, July 26         9 AM – 12 Noon         
Location to be announced

Learn about wildlife monitoring techniques and help restore a natural ecosystem by removing invasive plants.