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            North Central Michigan College will celebrate Earth Week April 17-23 with a variety of free and open to the public events. Earth Day EveryDay serves to honor the many people and organizations in Northern Michigan who, every day, instill the principles of Earth Day into the life of our community. Its goal is to demonstrate the educational and career opportunities that are present right here in our own community and to inspire us to take personal actions to care for the Earth every day. All events are on the Petoskey campus unless otherwise noted.

            On Monday, April 17, the film Seed: The Untold Story will be shown from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Library Conference Center. This documentary follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. The movie will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Larry Dyer, Local Food Alliance, and Anne Morningstar, Bear Creek Organic Farm.  Light snacks will be available.

            North Central instructor and LTBB tribal member, Fred Harrington, will moderate a panel of area activists who have travelled to Standing Rock in the brown bag discussion Water is Life! Standing Rock to the Straits of Mackinac on Tuesday, April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This event will be in the Library Conference Center.

            On Wednesday, April 19, the film, The True Cost, will be shown from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Library Conference Center.  This movie is an opportunity to learn more about the reasons why there is an effort to move toward bringing textile manufacturing back to Northern Michigan. Shanna Robinson, North Central instructor, will lead a discussion following the movie. Light snacks available.

            George Heartwell, 12-year mayor of Grand Rapids and Community Sustainability Coordinator at Grand Valley State University, will give a keynote presentation, Postlude to Paris: Where Do We Go from Here? On Thursday, April 20 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Center. Mr. Heartwell will revisit the Paris Accords and will speak about what is happening in 2017 up to Earth Day. Light snacks and Q&A moderated by Kerri Finlayson, North Central instructor, follow the presentation.

            On Friday, April 21, progressive jam band, Biomassive, will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Iron Horse Café.  Biomassive has teamed up with the permaculture action network and hopes to continue to bridge the gap between sustainable lifestyles and music. 

            The signature gathering for Earth Day EveryDay will be on Saturday, April 22 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Iron Horse Café. The keynote speaker will be Doug Craven, Director, Natural Resources Department for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. He will speak on the Environmental Practices of the LTBB. The keynote address will be followed by a rapid fire panel discussion of representatives from community organizations led by Kerri Finlayson and Seamus Norgaard, North Central instructors. Participants will include Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Emmet County Recycling Center, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Groundworks Center for Resilient Communities. Dinner and small group discussions will follow.

            Finally, a tree planting event will be held on Sunday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LTBB Ziibimijwang Organic Farm in Northern Emmet County. Water and snacks will be available, but please bring a lunch and wear warm clothes that can get dirty.  For directions and to RSVP, please contact Noah Jansen at the Tribal Natural Resources Department 231-242-1670 or

            All events are FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required.  Please call 231-348-6613 or email to reserve a spot.

            Earth Day EveryDay is planned as an annual event sponsored by the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program of North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. 

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Military-Friendly School®.


For more information:

Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist