LSC CISMA - Mobile Boat Wash
Jul
17
9:00 AM09:00

LSC CISMA - Mobile Boat Wash

FREE! Clean boats, clean waters - Mobile boat wash event

Get your watercraft washed for FREE at Lake St. Clair Metropark (31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045) on Wednesday, July 17 for a free boat wash event. Michigan State University Extension’s team will be on site with their mobile boat power washer to help remove any pesky invasive species from your watercraft and trailer. The LSC CISMA and Clinton River Watershed Council will be on-site to provide information about how you can help keep our waters clean and healthy. Invasive species are often transported indirectly while we are outdoors recreating in areas we know and love. Help us stop the spread of invasive species!

No registration is required.

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Invasive Species in Your Backyard
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Invasive Species in Your Backyard

It's more than just zebra mussels--Michigan has hundreds of invasive species, but a few of them can have large impacts on recreation, infrastructure and home values. With Oakland County CISMA, learn to identify the invasive species that may be in your backyard and how to control their spread. There will be an update on the newest aquatic invaders in Novi--European frog-bit and Red swamp crayfish. Controlling invasive species benefits you as well as our beautiful natural areas in Oakland County! Pre-registration required by calling 248.347.0414.

Location: City of Novi Civic Center

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Maceday Lake Mobile Boat Wash
Jul
19
3:00 PM15:00

Maceday Lake Mobile Boat Wash

Aquatic invaders can make their way into our local waters by hitching a ride on your boat.

It only takes a minute to get your boat washed and learn how to prevent the spread of invasive species.

The Clinton River Watershed Council and Oakland County CISMA will be at the Maceday Lake Public Boat Launch (off of Williams Lake Road) with information regarding invasive species, as well as practices to help protect our local water resources.

Email contact@CRWC.org for more information.

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LSC CISMA Red Swamp Crayfish Presentation
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

LSC CISMA Red Swamp Crayfish Presentation

Join us for a Presentation on the Invasive Red Swamp Crayfish!

Tuesday July 23, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center (31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045).

Ouch! Don’t let this invasive crayfish pinch it’s way into our waters. Learn more about the invading red swamp crayfish from the leading field expert, Kelley Smith at our FREE event.

See the event flyer for details or our Facebook event page.

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Prevent Oak Wilt!!
Jul
30
2:00 PM14:00

Prevent Oak Wilt!!

Lake St. Clair CISMA Invites you to a Presentation on Devastating Oak Wilt

Tuesday July 30, 2:00pm - 4:00 p.m. Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center (4430 Main Park Road, Shelby Township, MI 48316).

Don’t accidentally be an accomplice to the fall of the mighty oak!

Invasive Oak Wilt is a fungus that can kill a mature red oak tree within weeks of infection. Come learn how to prevent oak wilt from attacking your trees, how to identify symptoms of oak wilt, how to report an infection, treatments, and more!

For more details visit our Facebook event page or download the event flyer.

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Anchor Bay Woods Preserve Benefit Adventure Paddle
Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

Anchor Bay Woods Preserve Benefit Adventure Paddle

Join Six Rivers for a paddle on Anchor Bay! Starting at the Walter and Mary Burke Park in New Baltimore at on August 7, 2019 at 6:00pm, we will explore the mouths of Marsac and Crapaud Creeks, which flow through the preserve before emptying into Anchor Bay. All proceeds will benefit expansion of the Anchor Bay Woods Preserve. There will be hot dogs and refreshments. Bring your own Kayaks, SUP’s, and PFDs, or you can rent them from Simple Adventures. Cost is $25/person (not including any rental fees) - kids under 12 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anchor-bay-woods-preserve-benefit-adventure-paddle-tickets-65050105617

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Butterfly Count at Golden Preserve
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Butterfly Count at Golden Preserve

Join Six Rivers for our butterfly census in concert with the North American Butterfly Association's (NABA) Annual Butterfly Count. Families are welcome as experts will be available to help with identification. Bring a net and binoculars if you have them, although there will be extras on hand. Be prepared for the weather and to walk in the high grass and uneven terrain. Contact Susanne by email or by phone at 248-546-5654 for more information and to let us know if you'll be there.

Golden Preserve is found near 11398 Clark Road, Davisburg, MI 48350. From Dixie Highway and 1-75 (exit 93), head left or south to Big Lake Road, turn right on Big Lake Road to Clark Road (Big Lake Road turns to the left, Clark Road is straight). Follow Clark Road through a few turns to the railroad tracks (about 3 miles). Take the dirt road to the right immediately before the tracks, along the RR right-of-way, through the gate to the parking area. If you come upon a house, you have taken the wrong dirt road.

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Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Dedication Hike of Belle River Park

Please join officials from Casco Township, St. Clair County and Six Rivers Land Conservancy for a dedication and hike event at the new Casco Township Belle River Park on Tuesday, June 18 at 6 pm. There will be refreshments, brief remarks and a short hike to explore the property. For those hiking, dress appropriately for spring conditions—some sections of the hike may be muddy and slippery, and there is potential to cross through wetland areas. 

The 19-acre property was acquired through grant funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF). Funded by royalties from oil, gas and mineral production on state lands, the MNRTF is a constitutionally protected state fund administered by the MDNR for acquisition and development of land for parks, recreation and conservation. Since its inception, it has provided over $1 billion to communities throughout the state.

Initially purchased by Six Rivers with a loan from The Conservation Fund while awaiting grant funding, the property has now been acquired by Casco Township with additional funding assistance from St. Clair County Parks.

Casco Township has formed a parks and recreation committee and planning is underway to develop the property as a natural area, park and kayak launch. In the meantime, the Township plans to release a schedule to open the property for non-motorized uses including hiking and river access soon.

Unfortunately, there are no restrooms or developed trails on site. If you have any questions about this hike or the Belle River Park, please contact Six Rivers Land Conservancy at 248-601-2816.

Belle River Park is located at the south side of Fred Moore Highway just east of the I-94 Interchange in Casco Township. Look for Six Rivers’ event signs.

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Garlic Mustard Pull - Cranberry Lake Park
May
23
9:00 AM09:00

Garlic Mustard Pull - Cranberry Lake Park

  • 384 W. Predmore Road Oakland Charter Township, MI, 48363 United States (map)
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Join Six Rivers at Cranberry Lake Park for a garlic mustard pull! Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) spread aggressively through natural areas, pushing out the native plants that wildlife need. We need your help to remove these invasive plants from our natural areas!  Pulls will be postponed or cancelled if steady rain or thunderstorms. It’s fun, easy work, and we provide tools and refreshments.  Sturdy and waterproof footwear are recommended. Call or email Ian Ableson, Stewardship Technician, at 248.601.2816 or iableson@sixriversrlc.org to sign up for this event or with questions.

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Garlic Mustard Pull - Nicholson Nature Center
May
22
9:30 AM09:30

Garlic Mustard Pull - Nicholson Nature Center

Join Six Rivers at the Nicholson Nature Center for a garlic mustard pull! Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) spread aggressively through natural areas, pushing out the native plants that wildlife need. We need your help to remove these invasive plants from our natural areas!  Pulls will be postponed or cancelled if steady rain or thunderstorms. It’s fun, easy work, and we provide tools and refreshments.  Sturdy and waterproof footwear are recommended. Call or email Ian Ableson, Stewardship Technician, at 248.601.2816 or iableson@sixriversrlc.org to sign up for this event or with questions. We will park in the northwest corner of the Macomb County Public Works parking lot.

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Garlic Mustard Pull- Paint Creek Trail
May
17
9:00 AM09:00

Garlic Mustard Pull- Paint Creek Trail

Join Six Rivers on the Paint Creek Trail for a garlic mustard pull! Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) spread aggressively through natural areas, pushing out the native plants that wildlife need. We need your help to remove these invasive plants from our natural areas!  Pulls will be postponed or cancelled if steady rain or thunderstorms. It’s fun, easy work, and we provide tools and refreshments.  Sturdy and waterproof footwear are recommended. Call or email Ian Ableson, Stewardship Technician, at 248.601.2816 or iableson@sixriversrlc.org to sign up for this event or with questions. We will meet in the parking lot of the Paint Creek Cider Mill.

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Garlic Mustard Pull - Maynard Farm Conservation Easement
May
14
9:00 AM09:00

Garlic Mustard Pull - Maynard Farm Conservation Easement

  • Exact address will be sent to volunteers at least 24 hours before the event. (map)
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Join Six Rivers at the Maynard Farm Conservation Easement for a garlic mustard pull! Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) spread aggressively through natural areas, pushing out the native plants that wildlife need. We need your help to remove these invasive plants from our natural areas!  Pulls will be postponed or cancelled if steady rain or thunderstorms. It’s fun, easy work, and we provide tools and refreshments.  Sturdy and waterproof footwear are recommended. Call or email Ian Ableson, Stewardship Technician, at 248.601.2816 or iableson@sixriversrlc.org to sign up for this event or with questions. Exact directions will be emailed to registered volunteers at least 24 hours before the event.

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Garlic Mustard Pull - Blue Heron Environmental Area
May
10
9:00 AM09:00

Garlic Mustard Pull - Blue Heron Environmental Area

  • 3320 Rochester Road Rochester, MI, 48306 United States (map)
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Join Six Rivers at the Blue Heron Environmental Area Conservation Easement for a garlic mustard pull! Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) spread aggressively through natural areas, pushing out the native plants that wildlife need. We need your help to remove these invasive plants from our natural areas!  Pulls will be postponed or cancelled if steady rain or thunderstorms. It’s fun, easy work, and we provide tools and refreshments.  Outdoor clothing and sturdy and waterproof footwear are recommended. Call or email Ian Ableson, Stewardship Technician, at 248.601.2816 or iableson@sixriversrlc.org to sign up for this event or with questions.

Blue Heron Environmental Area is a large natural area located northwest of the intersection of Rochester Road and Deer Point Drive. We will meet at the semicircular drive north of the intersection off of Rochester Road.

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Garlic Mustard Pull - Bear Creek Nature Park
May
3
9:00 AM09:00

Garlic Mustard Pull - Bear Creek Nature Park

Join Six Rivers at Bear Creek Conservation Easement for a garlic mustard pull! Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) spread aggressively through natural areas, pushing out the native plants that wildlife need. We need your help to remove these invasive plants from our natural areas!  Pulls will be postponed or cancelled if steady rain or thunderstorms. It’s fun, easy work, and we provide tools and refreshments.  Sturdy and waterproof footwear are recommended. Call or email Ian Ableson, Stewardship Technician, at 248.601.2816 or iableson@sixriversrlc.org to sign up for this event or with questions.

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Apr
30
2:30 PM14:30

SHRCCI Sporting Clays Shoot for Six Rivers

Six Rivers Land Conservancy and Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry are hosting a joint Sporting Clays fundraiser to benefit Six Rivers Land Conservancy and SHRCCI programs on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress.

Gather your teams and register today!

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 2:30pm - 8:00pm

Where: Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress, 49800 Dequindre Road, Shelby Township

Registration Page: Sporting Clays Shoot Registration

Included: 50 Round Sporting Clay Shoot, Happy hour, dinner, prizes, raffles, cigar bar, bourbon tasting, and more!

Our thanks to the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce and Industry for hosting this event on our behalf! For questions, contact Gina Rieck at 586-731-5400 x 15 or grieck@shrcci.com

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Apr
4
5:00 PM17:00

Invasive Species Info Session: New Zealand Mud Snails

Join us Thursday April 4th, 5-6:30 p.m., at Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center (31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045) at a free event to learn about an approaching invasive species to Michigan. The event features guest speakers from the Oakland University Aquatic Ecology Lab, inccluding Emily Bovee and Kennedy Phillips. No registration is required, we look forward to seeing you there!

See the event flyer for details or our Facebook event page.

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Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

Invasive Species Summit

Saturday March 23, 1-4 p.m, Waterford Oaks Activity Center (2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328)

Join us for a free public open house to learn about invasive species in Oakland County! The Summit features guest speakers, hands-on workshops, vendor tables and kids activities. Guest speakers include Kelley Smith on invasive red swamp crayfish, Tom Alwin on a new aquatic invader--European frogbit and Erica Clites on the Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. Phillip Kurzeja will give the keynote address on preventing the spread of oak wilt, which is killing red oak trees in Oakland County. Workshops include invasive species identification, how to report invasive species in your area, gardening with native plants and a kids game modeling the spread of invasive species. No registration is required, we look forward to seeing you there!

See flyer for event details,

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Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Bonfire & Hike
Jan
20
8:00 PM20:00

Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Bonfire & Hike

Ever heard of a super blood wolf moon? How about one with a full eclipse? Join Six Rivers Sunday, January 20th at Sutherland Nature Center to experience this unique cosmic event. Starting at 8:00 pm, we’ll have a bonfire with brats and marshmallows. At 8:30 pm, Six Rivers Stew Tech Ian Ableson will lead a hike and try to call down some owls while we wait for the eclipse. Barred owls were heard during the day so we are hopeful for a response! Dress warm and bring your own flashlight, chair and refreshments. We hope to see you there!

Email Iableson@sixriversrlc.org to register.

Lapeer Land Conservancy’s Sutherland Nature Center is located at
3960 Diehl Road, Metamora, MI 48455

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Conservation Celebration
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Conservation Celebration

Celebrate the annual passage of fall by spending an evening with fellow-minded conservationists at the Six Rivers Fall Conservation Celebration the Paint Creek Cider Mill at 4480 Road, Rochester.  We'll vote for the People's Choice Awards for the 2018 Nature Near You Photo Contest, acknowledge several individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to conservation, enjoy a silent auction and feast on grilled dogs, brats and refreshments including cider and donuts.  Email info@sixriversrlc.org or call 248.601.2816 to RSVP. $20 donation suggested per person, $40 per family.

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StewDay at Bear Creek Nature Park
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

StewDay at Bear Creek Nature Park

Join Six Rivers and Oakland Township Parks & Recreation at Bear Creek Nature Park October 19th for a stewardship workday!  The Conservation Easement area at Bear Creek Nature Park provides habitat for wildlife and a haven for native plants.  We will remove invasive shrubs and spread seed to set the stage for more native beauty next year. It’s fun, rewarding work, and we provide tools and refreshments.  Sturdy footwear and layered clothing are recommended. Workdays will be postponed or cancelled if steady driving rain or thunderstorms.Call or email Ian Ableson, Stewardship Technician, at 248.601.2816 or iableson@sixriversrlc.org with questions or to sign up for this event.

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Deadline for Nature Near You Photo Contest
Aug
29
11:59 PM23:59

Deadline for Nature Near You Photo Contest

Six Rivers is now accepting entries for our 2018 Nature Near You Photo Contest. Submit up to five photos celebrating our natural environment in Southeastern Michigan in a JPEG file format to SixRiversPhotos@gmail.com. Photo submissions will be accepted through August 29, 2018. All photos that meet our guidelines will be eligible and available for public viewing. For more information, please visit the Nature Near You Photo Contest web page.

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Butterfly Count at Golden Preserve
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Butterfly Count at Golden Preserve

POSTPONED TO JUNE 30th.  Come join Six Rivers for our butterfly census with the North American Butterfly Association's annual Butterfly Count. Families welcome and all levels of "butterflies" are needed, as experts will be available to help with identification. Bring a net and binoculars if you have them, although there will be extras on hand. Be prepared for the weather and to walk in the high grass and uneven terrain. Contact Susanne at by email or by phone at 248-546-5654 for more information and to let us know if you'll be there.

Golden Preserve is found near 11398 Clark Road, Davisburg, MI 48350. From Dixie Highway and 1-75 (exit 93), head left or south to Big Lake Road, turn right on Big Lake Road to Clark Road (Big Lake Road turns to the left, Clark Road is straight). Follow Clark Road through a few turns to the railroad tracks (about 3 miles). Take the dirt road to the right immediately before the tracks, along the RR right-of-way, through the gate to the parking area. If you come upon a house, you have taken the wrong dirt road.

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Adventure League - Clinton River Paddle
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Adventure League - Clinton River Paddle

Join Six Rivers Land Conservancy and Simple Adventures for a Kayak trip down one of our favorite stretches of the Clinton River.  We will start at Riverside Park in Auburn Hills and continue down approximately 5 Miles of river to the City of Rochester Hills. Put-in is at 10:00 am.
 
This trip is intended for intermediate skilled paddlers, this portion does contain some white water.  Guides will be present to assist you should the need arise.

Kayaks and gear will be staged at Riverside park in Auburn Hills.  The take out will be River Crest Convention Center in Rochester Hills.  If you wish to unload at Riverside and then leave your vehicle at River Crest a shuttle will run you back up to the start point.  Shuttles will run at 9:00 am and 9:30 am.

Please reserve your spot, sign the excursion waiver, and arrange for kayak rentals as needed at the Simple Adventures booking link.

 

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Garlic Mustard Pull - Nicholson Nature Center
May
30
9:00 AM09:00

Garlic Mustard Pull - Nicholson Nature Center

Join Six Rivers at the Nicholson Nature Center for a garlic mustard pull! Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) spread aggressively through natural areas, pushing out the native plants that wildlife need. We need your help to remove these invasive plants from our natural areas!  Pulls will be postponed or cancelled if steady rain or thunderstorms. It’s fun, easy work, and we provide tools and refreshments.  Sturdy and waterproof footwear are recommended. Call or email Ian Ableson, Stewardship Technician, at 248.601.2816 or iableson@sixriversrlc.org to sign up for this event or with questions.

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Country Drive Car Tour
May
20
8:00 AM08:00

Country Drive Car Tour

Six Rivers is hosting a classic car tour highlighting the natural beauty of the region on two lane, paved roads through the northwestern portion of the Detroit metro region on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The tour is for classic cars, vintage sports cars, and exotic cars, giving people an opportunity to spend a nostalgic day touring historical recreational communities and the beautiful backroads of the region with their friends and other car enthusiasts. The Country Drive will begin at M1 Concourse in Pontiac with check-in, a continental breakfast, and a parade lap around the track to kick off the tour. Cars will follow a route of approximately 85 miles with stops at Lyon Oaks Park and LaFontaine Heritage Center, and ending at Spicer Orchards in Fenton.

Afterglow activities at Spicer’s will include libations and delicious food. Participants will also have the opportunity to have a photo of their car taken as a memento of the event. The purpose of the event is to introduce participants to Six Rivers Land Conservancy and its work to preserve the natural and agricultural landscapes that are part of the region’s rich heritage. This exclusive tour is limited to 75 cars, so register today to ensure your place in the Country Drive Car Tour! (Final approval of vehicle models is left to the discretion of the event committee.) Visit the Country Drive web page to learn more!

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Garlic Mustard Pull - Blue Heron
May
17
9:00 AM09:00

Garlic Mustard Pull - Blue Heron

Join Six Rivers at Blue Heron Conservation Easement for a garlic mustard pull! Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) spread aggressively through natural areas, pushing out the native plants that wildlife need. We need your help to remove these invasive plants from our natural areas!  Pulls will be postponed or cancelled if steady rain or thunderstorms. It’s fun, easy work, and we provide tools and refreshments.  Sturdy and waterproof footwear are recommended. Call or email Ian Ableson, Stewardship Technician, at 248.601.2816 or iableson@sixriversrlc.org to sign up for this event or with questions.

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Turtle Woods Preserve Exploration Hike
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Turtle Woods Preserve Exploration Hike

Join Six Rivers, Stage Nature Center, and the neighbors of Turtle Woods as we reconnect with this nature preserve in Troy! Turtle Woods is currently owned by the Troy School District, but will soon be transferred to Six Rivers. Hikers will learn more about the natural features of this preserve, along with the unique stewardship needs that this property presents. This property contains significant wetlands, so dress accordingly.

Parking is at the west end of the Evanswood Church parking lot.

Site conditions: wetland, thick understory, trails that are overgrown. No restrooms.

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Anchor Bay Woods Preserve Dedication and Mini-Hike
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Anchor Bay Woods Preserve Dedication and Mini-Hike

Join Six Rivers as we dedicate our new Anchor Bay Woods Preserve in New Baltimore! We'll engage in a mini-hike while learning more about this unique habitat and viewing the spring wildflowers. We'll gather in the parking lot of the New Baltimore police station and then take a quick hike in the woods. This is a wild, wetland property, so dress accordingly.

Anchor Bay Woods Preserve is a wet-mesic flatwoods, one of the last in this part of the state. It consists of micro-topography (wetland pockets interspersed with upland hummocks). Vernal pools will be flooded at this time of year and hosting tadpoles, salamanders, and other wetland species.

Site conditions: wild, wetland, forested, pools, deadfalls, underbrush. No trails or restrooms.

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Garlic Mustard Pull - Bear Creek
May
3
9:00 AM09:00

Garlic Mustard Pull - Bear Creek

Join Six Rivers at Bear Creek Conservation Easement for a garlic mustard pull! Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) spread aggressively through natural areas, pushing out the native plants that wildlife need. We need your help to remove these invasive plants from our natural areas!  Pulls will be postponed or cancelled if steady rain or thunderstorms. It’s fun, easy work, and we provide tools and refreshments.  Sturdy and waterproof footwear are recommended. Call or email Ian Ableson, Stewardship Technician, at 248.601.2816 or iableson@sixriversrlc.org to sign up for this event or with questions.

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Atlas County Park Ribbon Cutting
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Atlas County Park Ribbon Cutting

Six Rivers recently assisted Genesee County with the purchase of 150 acres of natural landscape at the southern end of the county. That land is becoming Atlas County Park. Genesee County Parks and Recreation is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at the park on April 29th at 2 pm. After the park's official opening, it will be open to the public from 8 am to sunset daily.

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Earth Fair
Apr
27
to Apr 28

Earth Fair

Celebrate Michigan's largest Earth Day event, Earth Fair, at Goodells County Park. You'll find companies, artisans, entertainers, demonstrations, displays and hands-on activities together in an environment that's FREE and fun for the whole family. Make sure you visit the Six Rivers booth when you're there!

Visit the Earth Fair website for more information.

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