Vibrant Communities

Unspoiled, untrammeled and uncrowded, Northeast Michigan is an outdoor lover’s paradise, and Huron Pines works hard to preserve the experience that calls visitors from far and wide into our quieter, natural world. Our critical task is to make sure that our Great Lakes resources will continue to be available, that organizations and individuals are trained and equipped to conserve them for the public good and that citizens are able to understand the true value of our natural resources and are empowered to embrace and aid in their protection. Through our Huron Pines AmeriCorps program, college graduates help solve the toughest environmental challenges in their communities and the Great Lakes Basin. We also provide conservation leadership in our region through collaborative efforts like the Kirtland’s Warbler Initiative. Our Woodlands & Waters program offers a series of fun, active, outdoor events to connect people of all ages to Northeast Michigan’s amazing natural resources. And we are continuing to expand the conversation with state and federal agencies, local officials, city planners and legislators to illustrate the value of natural resource protection through special tours, workshops and focus groups.    

Huron Pines AmeriCorps

Huron Pines AmeriCorps is a program that places college graduates for a 10-month term of full-time volunteer service with conservation organizations across Michigan. Through service Huron Pines AmeriCorps members gain real‐world experience, networking and training opportunities and field skills to help them develop as leaders in conservation. Members also receive attractive benefits including a living stipend, health coverage and, upon completing their service, an education award to pursue advanced degrees or courses.

Learn about our Huron Pines AmeriCorps program.


Kirtland’s Warbler Initiative

Through efforts like the annual Calendar Contest, tours and the return of the Kirtland’s Warbler Festival, Huron Pines and partners are bringing the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler to the spotlight and encouraging communities to rally around this unique bird. Reaching out to people from all sectors of our communities, Huron Pines and the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance will continue to create connections to the Kirtland’s Warbler’s story through special events, legislative outreach, birding tours for Northeast Michigan economic leaders, presentations and K-12 classroom programs. These activities strive to further recognition that birding—and unique natural assets like the Kirtland’s Warbler—bring economic and educational opportunities to Northeast Michigan.

Learn about the Kirtland’s Warbler, North America’s rarest songbird.


Active Leadership

Huron Pines’ community programs enable us to engage people of different ages, interests, cultures, backgrounds and geographies in conserving our region’s natural resources. We recognize and acknowledge the variety of experiences had by different audiences and our events and programs effectively engage the community. People can “see” themselves in nature and more easily identify their role in the protection of the environment. This philosophy allows Huron Pines to be a driving force in Michigan in providing people with access to equitable, meaningful natural resources experiences. Our Active Leadership approach is centered on efforts like our Woodlands & Waters, Rifle Prosperity Network and Nonprofit Leaders Series programs, along with ongoing opportunities like project tours.

Learn about our upcoming events and opportunities for involvement.
Learn about the Rifle River Prosperity Network.
Learn about our Nonprofit Leaders Series.


Place-Based Education

Huron Pines is dedicated to fostering stewardship in the next generations through place-based education, engaging students in the natural resources right outside their classroom door. Click here to learn more about our education efforts in Northeast Michigan.

You can be a part of real-life science by participating in citizen science programs! Learn more about how to become a citizen scientist by clicking here.