News & Events – May 2019

There are multiple opportunities for Continuing Education credits (and general fun) throughout our community. We strive to provide as many of those that are upcoming below. Please make sure to check directly with the organization’s website for any changes as well as for other events that they offer.



Programs take place at their SBTH Discovery Center, 5020 N. Putnam Road (2 miles due west of Omena) unless otherwise noted.  Please call 231-271-3738 for more details.

Conservation Workshop. JUNE 1ST, SATURDAY 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

This collaborative program with the Leelanau Conservancy features Eric Ellis.  There is a PowerPoint program about improving the habitat on your property with native plants.  Included is a light lunch and guided field trips to Leelanau Conservation easement properties, including Charter Sanctuary.  Please register by calling the Conservancy at 231-256-9665 or email Yarrow at



Garlic Mustard Paper Making. MAY 15th, WEDNESDAY 5:30-7:00 pm  

Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City. There is no cost, but $5 donation suggestion per family. Registration required. Please contact ISN Outreach Specialist, Emily Cook, for more information – or (231)941-0960 x20 Make paper with garlic mustard! This family-friendly activity with the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) begins with a short presentation on invasive species and a paper-making demonstration. Then, make your own green paper – everyone gets to bring some home! All materials are provided. 

Japanese Barberry Trade Up Day, Benzie in conjunction with Grow Benzie. JUNE 22nd, SATURDAY 2:00-8:00 pm

Trade in your landscaped Japanese barberry for a coupon to a local landscaper or nursery! Receive a $5.00 coupon for every plant you bring us (up to $50.00). We’ll properly dispose of your invasive species and you can go shopping for a non-invasive alternative. Registration is required: Contact ISN Outreach Specialist, Emily Cook at or (231)941-0960 x20.


Lighthouse website:

Digging out perennials, MAY 4TH, SATURDAY 10:00 am

The location is Old Mission Flowers, Ladd and Center Road, Traverse City. Please bring digging tools, gloves, water bottle (no drinking water there), containers, etc.  These perennials will be used for replanting at the Mission Point Lighthouse Historic Garden. Help is also needed transporting the plants to the lighthouse. For further information please contact Ginger Schultz, Old Mission Lighthouse Manager at or 231-645-0759

Planting day for Mission Point Lighthouse Historic Garden.   JUNE 7TH, FRIDAY 9:00 am

The location is the Old Mission Lighthouse, 20500 Center Road, Traverse City.  Please bring planting tools, watering cans, wheelbarrow, etc. if you can. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Alternate Date. JUNE 8TH, SATURDAY

Please contact Ginger Schultz, Old Mission Lighthouse Manager, at  or 231-645-0759



Pruning Workshop with Rebecca Finneran. MAY 3RD, FRIDAY 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

MSU Extension Sr. Educator, Rebecca Finneran will lead the workshop at the NW Michigan Horticultural Research Center (just north of Traverse City, near Bingham in Leelanau County). This workshop is geared towards homeowners and gardeners, and will help you master the science (and a bit of art) of pruning. Participants will spend time in the classroom learning best pruning practices and the best equipment for each job, and then move outdoors to apply the learning with hands-on pruning. Participants should bring their own hand-held pruning shears if available, and wear weather-appropriate clothing to be both indoors and outdoors; rain or shine. The cost is $35 per person, and includes education, instruction and light refreshments. Spaces are limited and preregistration is required.   The event is open to the public so please feel free to share this with your friends and family.

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