Past Events

Nonprofit Leaders Series: Better Stories by Design-December 12, 2017
Gaylord, MI

Every organization has a story to tell. The best stories, the ones we tell over and over again, contain a basic structure that makes them stick. In this final Nonprofit Leaders Series workshop of 2017, attendees learned how to create the compelling stories by following a few simple frameworks. Better Stories by Design, Crafting Narratives that Stick was facilitated by NorthSky Nonprofit Network consultant, Mark VanderKlipp. Mark walked nonprofits through his own experience crafting stories in the field of human-centered design for over 30 years.

Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Inland Regional Networking Meeting-October 26, 2017
Gaylord, MI

Educators, administrators, nonprofits and community organizations joined Huron Pines and the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMIGLSI) network for an Inland Regional Network Meeting focused on brining Great Lakes education into the classroom through hands-on learning opportunities.

Thank you to all of the educators and organizations who came out to share their experiences and learn from one another.

Arenac County Economic Development Corporation
Alcona Community Schools
Atlanta High School
Au Gres Community Schools
AuSable Valley Audubon
Cheboygan Middle School
Crawford AuSable School District
Ella White School
Great Lakes Fishery Commission
HeadWaters Land Conservancy
Hillman Community Schools
Huron Pines
Inland Lakes Schools
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Education Department
Michigan Geographic Alliance
Michigan Sea Grant
MSU Extension
Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
Onaway Area Schools
Oscoda Area Schools
Otsego Conservation District
Pine River-Van Etten Lake Watershed Coalition
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
US Forest Service
Vanderbilt Area School
Wolverine Community Schools

This event was made possible with the support of the NEMIGLSI leadership team and was funded, in part, through sponsorship from the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited and funding from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust.

A New Pine River: Buhl Dam Removal Celebration- September 21, 2017
Mikado Township, MI

Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate the removal of Buhl Dam.

This project was made possible through joint efforts by Huron Pines, U.S. Forest Service, Pine River-Van Etten Lake Watershed Coalition, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, National Fish and Wildlife-Sustain Our Great Lakes and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Bhl before and after

2017 Frog-Bit Challenge

The Frog-Bit Challenge runs 12 weeks, beginning June 9th and concluding on September 1, 2017. We pulled a combined total of 2,700 lbs of European frog-bit from the Thunder Bay River Watershed, Fletcher Pond, the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary and Alpena’s sensitive Great Lakes coastline.

European frog-bit is an aquatic invasive plant that can grow to form dense mats, restricting the flow of water and preventing the passage of fish, waterfowl and recreational boaters. It also crowds out native plants and shades out food sources affecting fish, birds, and other wildlife.  If left unchecked, this invasive plant could lead to the loss of wildlife diversity and permanently damage this sensitive watershed, its ecosystem and recreation opportunities alike.

Streambank Stabilization Volunteer Event – August 26, 2017
East Branch Au Gres River

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help us reduce erosion and inputs of sediment pollution by stabilizing approximately 500 feet of streambank along the East Branch Au Gres River. This event was co-hosted by Huron Pines, the William B Mershon Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Ann Arbor Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Vanderbilt Area School Forest Trail Building Day – August 19,2017
Vanderbilt, MI

Thank you to all of the staff, students and community members who came out to help build a trail through the Vanderbilt Area School forest. Support for this trail came from the Otsego County Community Foundation (Youth Advisory Council Fund, Otsego County United Way and the McNamara Fund), M&M Excavating, and Bunker and Sons Sawmill.

Huron Pines AmeriCorps Signature Service Project- May 19, 2017
Grayling, MI

Thank you to everyone who volunteered with us. You all accomplished so much and made a real difference in Grayling.

6th Annual Garlic Mustard Pull- May 25

Thank you to all of our volunteers, Consumers Energy and the students from Oscoda High School. Everyone had a great time at the event and together we pulled 900 pounds of garlic mustard from the forest.

GM Pull 2017 Group Shot







Kirtland’s Warbler Weekend- June 2-3
Roscommon, MI

The Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance, Huron Pines and our Roscommon community partners want to say thank you to everyone who attended the Kirtland’s Warbler Weekend events! We hope you had a memorable time, we’ll see you next year!

Check out the Kirtland’s Warbler Festival’s Facebook page for announcements on the program and details about the day!

Kirtland’s Warbler Home Opener Sponsors

Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation
Au Sable North Branch Area Foundation

American Bird Conservancy