Workshops & Events

Native Plant Workshop & Sale – Saturday, September 9, 2017  10 am to 4 pm

What: Learn about choosing the right native plants for your yard and browse many beautiful species ready to be planted (and purchased). Vern Stephens of Designs by Nature, speaker.

Time:  10 am to 12 pm (Workshop)

Where:  Lake City Fire Station, downtown Lake City near the corner of John and Main Street.

Workshop Registration: RSVP by Thursday, September 7th. Call 231.839.7193, visit our office, or email

Cost: The cost of the workshop is $5.

Plant Sale: Pre-orders for garden kits are going on now; visit our online store, Native Plant Sales. Order pickup and single species flats and quarts sale is from 12 pm to 3 pm.


Ties to the Land – Generational Forestland Transition – September 16, 2017 9 am – 4 pm 
Grand Traverse Conservation District, Traverse City, MI
This day-long workshop will be a great starting point for any family wanting to learn how to “hand down” their forest land to the next generation. Ties to the Land is a program that will help you in practical ways to facilitate family succession as well as estate planning. Families are encouraged to participate together if possible.  Registration is $65 for the first family member and $15 for additional members. Registration covers a 76 page workbook, CD-ROM, extra handouts, snacks and lunch.  Pre-register by Sept. 9. Contact District Forester Larry Czelusta at 231-775-7681 ext 3 or email for more information. 


This program is available to any Missaukee County landowner that would like to know and understand the make-up of their soil. Whether you are a commercial farmer or home gardener, you can take advantage of this incentive. All you have to do is have your soil tested, bring the results and a receipt to the Missaukee Conservation District where you will be partially reimbursed for the testing costs. The program is being funded by the 2014 millage.

Why test your soil?

  • Choose the correct fertilizers and give your plants only the nutrients they really need
  • Helps avoid excessive fertilizer use, saving you time and money
  • Protects the environment
  • Prevents possible plant damage
  • Improves crop yield and plant growth

Have questions? Contact Jodi DeHate, MAEAP Technician at 231.839.7193 or

Attention classrooms, home schools or scout groups~ Now scheduling programs:

stellaluna2Basically Bats, preK – 2nd grade
Duration: 45 minutes
A seasonal activity, timed with Halloween, called “Basically Bats” is now available for scheduling. Appropriate for pre-K to 2nd grade, this 45-minute program compares the similarities between birds and bats. The program is free, thanks to the 2014 Missaukee Conservation District millage. We will:

  • Read Stellaluna, the award-winning book by Janelle Cannon
  • Discuss bat facts, myths and a bit about Michigan’s bats
  • Address key standards: animal adaptations, predator-prey relationships, senses
  • “Bat – Moth” initiative – an interactive game where students take on the role of a bat and “echolocate” to find food
  • Make and take – create a paper glider, the size and weight of an average Michigan bat

Schedule a program for your students today! Your location or ours!