Upcoming Events

2018 Grayling Area Photo Contest

Do you have photos of a summer float, a beautiful mountain bike trail or a camping adventure? Enter them into the 2018 Grayling Area Photo Contest for your chance to win prizes from local businesses. Huron Pines, in collaboration with the Grayling Visitors Bureau and Grayling Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a photo and video contest with first, second and third place prizes in each category. Details are below and you can download the contest information and entry form here.


Tackle Invasive Species in Alpena with the Frog-Bit Challenge

Volunteer this summer to prevent the spread of invasive frog-bit along the Lake Huron coast. 

This hands on, community-led environmental restoration challenge, runs from June 8 until September 15. The goal of the challenge is to pull 5,000 pounds of invasive frog-bit from the Thunder Bay River Watershed, including the Wildlife Sanctuary, Fletcher’s Pond, the Thunder Bay River and the Lake Huron Coast. To keep frog-bit from moving into other inland waterways, it’s important to remove as much as possible from high use areas where people are entering and exiting the water and to educate people on proper cleanup of boats and equipment to prevent the spread of the plant.

Sign up to participate in one of our upcoming volunteer days taking place this summer. Contact Ben Bravo, ben@huronpines.org to receive updates on where each volunteer event will take place. 

June 22
July 14
August 4
August 25

If you can’t make it to to one of the volunteer days, you can still help by pulling frog-bit on your own. Visit our invasive species page for full details on what you’ll need to get started.

The Frog-Bit Challenge is supported by the City of Alpena and Huron Pines in partnership with the Northeast Michigan Cooperative Weed Management Area, Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary, Besser Foundation, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Thunder Bay Audubon Society and Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Contact ben@huronpines.org if you’re interested in getting involved or have any questions about the Frog-Bit Challenge.


Each year hundreds of people give their time and energy to volunteer with Huron Pines and participate in hands-on, feet-wet conservation projects all over Northeast Michigan. These projects have stabilized eroding streambanks, replanted young jack pine forest, pushed back noxious invasive plants, improved wildlife habitat and expanded access to recreation in many ways and locations across our beautiful state. These efforts have made important impacts directly on the ground for Great Lakes natural resources, and indirectly by encouraging people to care about protecting wild areas.

Our events are tied to our mission to conserve the forests, lakes and streams of Northeast Michigan.
Our events provide a safe, positive, friendly and helpful learning environment.
Our events engage people with diverse backgrounds and interests, and empower new conservation leaders.
Our events address a real need and have measurable benefits to Michigan’s natural resources.
Our events are inclusive and offer several tasks for participants of different ability levels.
Our events educate community members about ecological issues and methods to solve or prevent.
Our events are connected with efforts of other conservation organizations across the state.

Not able to make any of the events or have an for an idea for a future event? Contact info@huronpines.org