Celebrate Earth Day in Leelanau County

Photo of crowd at Cedar Lake courtesy of the Leelanau Conservancy.

From staff reports

Take a stand for the environment and observe Earth Day in Leelanau County on Friday, April 22, by attending one of the following events:

Earth Day Beach Clean Up at North Bar Lake, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Are your hands itching for an Earth Day Beach Cleanup? Join Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak, in partnership with FLOW (For Love of Water), the Surfrider Foundation Northern Michigan Chapter, Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes, Beth Price Photography, and supported by Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate and S’well for an Earth Day evening of action at North Bar Lake in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. North Bar Lake is home to a beautiful, fragile ecosystem – inhabited by various fish species, birds, turtles, and mammals. Plastic pollution is a threat to that vital ecosystem. Join us at 5:30 pm to hear from a biologist with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore about the importance of the ecosystem within North Bar Lake and stick around to pay tribute by doing a deep clean! Click here learn more about this Earth Day Beach Cleanup. Image by Beth Price Photography.

Earth Day, April 22: Bay Books Hosts ‘Great Lakes for Sale’ Author Dave Dempsey

The Suttons Bay bookstore Bay Books will host Great Lakes for Sale author Dave Dempsey on April 22, from 4-5 p.m., for a Q&A, a FacebookLive interview and book signing. Dempsey has helped shape conservation and Great Lakes policy for 30 years and has authored and co-authored eight conservation books. He is a Great Lakes policy expert and environmental historian, and biographer of the late former Michigan Gov. William Milliken. Click here to learn more about the event.

Leelanau Conservancy holds Earth Week, April 18-24

Join the Leelanau Conservancy between April 18 and 24 to honor Earth Day for a week of giving back and celebrating what we love most about Leelanau. The Conservancy is excited to offer many ways you can join, including hikes, volunteer opportunities, kids’ activities, donating to enter a giveaway, and a live concert at Tandem Ciders. Give back, have fun, and find your Leelanau adventure.

4/18: Earth Week Giveaway Launch: Time to join in and give back. Everyone who makes a gift of any amount or signs up to receive the Conservancy’s e-newsletter during Earth Week (April 18 through 24) will be entered into a giveaway for a local Leelanau bundle filled with goods from Northwoods Hardware, Leelanau Conservancy, M22, and Cherry Republic.

4/19, 10am: Clay Cliffs Trail Maintenance Workbee – Volunteer to spread wood chips at one of our most popular trails in preparation for the 2022 season.

4/20, 10am: The Lorax reading with Tom Nelson – Join the Conservancy at the Leland Village Green as Executive Director Tom Nelson reads Dr. Seuess’ The Lorax. Bring a blanket or chair.

4/20, All day: Chicken Jalapeno Soup at Art’s Tavern, Glen Arbor – April is the perfect time for soup! All proceeds from the sale of Art’s coveted soup on this day will support the Leelanau Conservancy.

4/21, 4pm: Hike it Baby! At Swanson Preserve – Bring your future conservationists on this kid-paced walk with Land Steward, Emily Douglas.

4/22, All day: Earth Day Instagram Takeover by M22 – Follow along on social media as M22 takes over our page and shares their favorite things about Leelanau.

4/23, 8am: Docent-guided Spring Birding Hike at DeYoung Natural Area – Join seasoned Docents on this early season birding hike, exploring DeYoung Natural Area, and learning why Leelanau plays an important role in the spring migration.

4/24, 3pm: Earth Week Celebration Concert with Jack Pine at Tandem Ciders – Celebrate Earth Week with friends, live music from Jack Pine, and local cider at Tandem Ciders. All ages welcome, no cover, no RSVP required.