Upcoming Events

Board Basics Workshop – February 8, 2017
University Center Gaylord
8:30 am-Noon

SAVE THE DATE – To cultivate strong leadership for our community, Huron Pines and the Otsego County Community Foundation are excited to host our annual “Board Basics” workshop on Wednesday, February 8 from 8:30am-noon at the University Center Gaylord. This keystone workshop will be the kickoff for our 2017 Nonprofit Leaders Series, which provides ongoing training for nonprofit organizations. Tickets are $20 each, payable by cash or check, and coffee and morning snacks will be provided. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in, and to ensure there are enough materials for all participants, kindly RSVP in advance by calling (989) 448-2293 ext. 21.

During this interactive workshop participants of all experience levels will learn to become more effective in their roles as board members and will get a chance to network with other nonprofit leaders. They will gain a better understanding of board member roles and responsibilities and how board members can truly support the work of their nonprofits. Current or prospective members of any board, including those outside of Otsego County, can take advantage of this valuable training session led by NorthSky Nonprofit Network’s dynamic Jen Booher.

Together we can strengthen our communities by supporting local organizations through ongoing skill-building opportunities!


Forest Acoustics Workshop – January 24, 2017
The Nature Conservancy
10:00 am-3:00 pm
Looking for a great opportunity to learn more about the work that we do in collaboration with our partners? Head to The Nature Conservancy on Tuesday, January 24 for the Forest Acoustics Workshop, hosted by the Michigan Forest Stewardship Program, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Huron Pines and The Stewardship Network.

This team is dedicated to promoting the stewardship of private and public forest land, and we are developing nine “Landscape Stewardship Plans” to tell interesting stories of land management activities done by local landowners and to evaluate local natural resources.

Huron Pines, along with other partners, set up acoustic monitors in our region last year to record the sounds of the forest in different areas. This workshop will explore how these forest sounds could be used for landowner outreach, collaborative management and inspiring forest stewardship in public, private and urban forests.

The presentation will be held at The Nature Conservancy, 101 East Grand River Avenues, Lansing, MI 48906. There is no cost and lunch is included. Please email Mike Smalligan at to register for this free workshop.


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. In 2017, our Woodlands & Waters program will offer a series of fun, active, educational outdoor experiences to connect people of all ages to Northeast Michigan’s amazing natural resources and their conservation.

To ensure that event planners can provide adequate supplies for all participants, RSVPs are kindly requested by email to or by calling (989) 448-2293 ext. 21

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.