9:30 AM09:30

Gratiot Lake Shoreline Cleanup!

Join Gratiot Lake Conservancy and the Alliance for the Great Lakes in the International Shoreline Cleanup on September 21st.


The effort not only removes debris and trash from the environment, but catalogs the type of garbage removed. This helps the Alliance shape and form different policies, understand the origination of the debris, and affect change through direct contact and awareness campaigns for companies, politicians, and the public.

The cleanup starts at 9:30. Meet at the Gratiot Lake Public Access or feel free to participate where ever you feel needs attention. Bags and gloves will be provided by GLC. Please provide your own drinks, snacks, lunch, and portable hand sanitizer.

To help GLC prepare and get a head count for the event, please contact Ian.


text/call: 608-354-1579

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10:00 AM10:00

Keweenaw Geoheritage Tour


Curious about what lies beneath the lush green surface of Keweenaw Peninsula? What led to Keweenaw becoming the iconic Copper Mining country? Or are you a rock hound looking to get the scope for where to pick and what to see?

Come to the Keweenaw Geoheritage Tour, sponsored by Gratiot Lake Conservancy. Last year’s tours were fully booked and received high praise. GLC will be bring back Daniel Lizzadro-McPherson to lead the exciting geo tour through time.

Daniel is in the process of mapping a specific segment of the fault near Gratiot Lake as part of his Master’s thesis at Michigan Tech. He has done work on Keweenaw GeoHeritage, fieldwork on the Keweenaw fault to enhance the USGS EdMAP, and is a GIS analyst at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.


Tour includes:

  • on the water Geoheritage Presentation of Keweenaw Peninsula

  • Mineral and Rock identification along the shoreline of Gratiot Lake Conservancy

  • Mapping and GIS tools in use today to learn more

Be sure to provide your own water and lunch.
Due to the nature of the tour, there is limited space. First come, first serve. Contact to reserve your seat(s) today!

Tour $50 for public and $30 for GLC members.

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6:45 PM18:45

Gratiot Lake Conservancy Annual Meeting

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Come learn with Gratiot Lake Conservancy at the Annual Meeting.

The event includes:

  • Reception

  • Presentation of GLC Activities and Plans

  • Business Meeting

  • Refreshments

  • Scholar Presentation/Research Presentation by Dr. Rodney Chimner, a Wetlands scientist. Dr. Chimner focus on wetland ecosystems, science, ecohydrology, and wetland restoration. His main goal is to develop ecosystem knowledge of wetlands in order to understand how they will be affected by climate change and other perturbations, to improve management and conservation of wetlands, and to restore degraded wetlands. To learn more about his areas of focus please visit:


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Eagle Harbor Community Building
(M-26 across from the Shoreline Motel)

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to Jul 20

Aquatic Ecology at Gratiot Lake Summer Youth Program

Do you know a curious budding wildlife biologist? Do they enjoy hiking, camping, swimming, and learning? Every year the Michigan Tech Summer Youth Program and Gratiot Lake Conservancy (GLC) give up to eight high school students the chance to experience the conservancy first hand and learn about aquatic ecology.

2018 Aquatic Ecology at Gratiot Lake Summer Youth Expedition!

2018 Aquatic Ecology at Gratiot Lake Summer Youth Expedition!

They spend a week living in a rustic log cabin at Gratiot Lake in the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Live the life of an ecologist as you collect and analyze aquatic invertebrates, compare water chemistry data, and learn how much fun hands-on ecology can be. Students will be immersed in ecological exploration, canoeing, discovering how to identify invertebrates, and more.

Learn more about the course here and be sure to find the course titled Aquatic Ecology at Gratiot Lake!

This is one of many programs GLC uses to educate new stewards of the land. GLC awards a full scholarship from the Jack Sandretto Memorial Scholarship Fund to one local Keweenaw high school student each year. To learn more click here.

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to Jul 3

KISMA Invasive Clearing

Join Gratiot Lake Conservancy (GLC) and Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA) in locating and removing invasive plant species. The event will start at Noblet Field Station and move throughout the Nature Preserve. The event will be held for two days, July 2nd through 3rd. So be sure to clear your calendars for one or both days!

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The event includes:

  • Specialized training on invasive species management

  • Work along side experts in the field

  • Explore Gratiot Lake Conservancy preserve

This is a free event and volunteers are needed to make this effort as effective as possible. Supplies for invasive plant clearing will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own.

Please to get more information and to RSVP, contact or to (608) 354-1579!

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8:00 AM08:00

Keweenaw Bird Workshop 2019


After a successful last season of bird counting and cooing, GLC is proud to bring back, by popular demand, the Keweenaw Bird Workshop.

All Birders, from the expert to the beginner, are welcome to sign up for the Birding Workshop. It is limited to 12 slots and it fills up fast. Contact to reserve your spot today!

The workshop is scheduled during the peak spring migration. The guided tour visits multiple habitat types across the Keweenaw. In the workshop you will gain an understanding of ecology, distribution, and behavior of the Keweenaw’s birds. The instructor, Zach Gayk, has many years of experience studying native birds across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and is currently a PhD student at the University of Windsor. He is focusing on the communication of migratory birds moving through the Keweenaw Peninsula.

What to Bring:

  • Transportation between sites

  • Binoculars

  • Bird field guide

  • Water and Lunch

  • Dress in Multiple layers


Workshop Features :

Guided tour of the best areas to see migrant birds of the Keweenaw Peninsula, with expert instruction on the easiest ways to identify migrating birds by shape and habitat. The instructor will also provide information on the best ways to records your birds sightings and learn about the ecology of these amazing birds.

Please contact while slots last. This is a limited workshop (12 spots) on a first come first serve basis. Once filled, anyone interested will be placed on a wait list and immediately notified if a slot opens.

Cost of the program is $50 for public and $30 for members. Payments are to be made the day of the the workshop upon arrival at the first meeting point. More information will be provided upon reservation of a slot.

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