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2016 White Lake Area Guided Nature Walk Schedule & Photos

Photos from the Nature Walks I'm able to attend are indicated in the red links.
You'll also find more information & photos about each tour at Tanya's blog.

June 4
Location: Owasippe Scout Reservation
Topic: Owasippe Bog Hike
Meeting Location: Reneker Family Camp parking lot (See Map)
Guide:  Connie Crancer, Horticulturist
SEE PHOTOS

 July 2
Location: Muskegon State Park
Topic: Discovering Lost Lake
Meeting Location: Snug Harbor parking lot
Guide:  April Scholtz, Land Protection Specialist

*State park fee applies

 August 6
Location: Duck Lake State Park
Topic:  Take Your Best Nature Photo Ever
Meeting Location: Pavilion
Guide:  Patricia Pennell, Botanist and professional photographer

*State park fee applies.
 

September 3
Location: White Lake Pathway
Topic: Animals in the Forest
Meeting Location: White Lake Community Library parking lot
Guide:  Dave Wilson, Forester

 October 1
Location: OxyChem (Occidental Chemical/Hooker Chemical Company) site
Topic: Natural Shoreline Restoration
Meeting Location: OxyChem site (Use the private drive located .1 mile west of the OxyChem Lodge entrance, 7601 Old Channel Trail.)
Guide:  Joe Branch, OxyChem site manager

Those who wish to receive detailed directions or carpool can meet at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 10:00 a.m. 

Walks will begin at 10:30 a.m.

White Lake Area Guided Nature Walks are sponsored through the generous support of Alcoa Howmet.

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2015 White Lake Area Guided Nature Walk Schedule & Photos

Photos from the Nature Walks I'm able to attend are indicated in the red links.
You'll also find more information & photos about each tour at Tanya's blog.

June 6
Location: Owasippe Scout Reservation
Topic: Using Photography in Plant Identification
Meeting Location: Owasippe Scout Reservation administration center parking lot
Guide:  Patricia Pennell, botanist and photographer

*Bring digital camera or smartphone.
SEE PHOTOS

July 11
Location: Goodrich Park in Whitehall (with the annual Celebrate White Lake Festival)
Topic: Celebrating Shoreline Native Plants
Meeting Location: White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot
Guide:  Connie Crancer, horticulturist
SEE PHOTOS

 August 1
Location: Lake Michigan Duneland Forest (private property)
Topic:  More Than An Arboretum: A Dunal Forest Ecology--Part 2
Meeting Location: Meinert County Park, lower level parking lot/north end
Guide:  Doug Paprocki, property owner/conservationist

*County park fee ($5 a vehicle) required
.

 September 5
Location: Clear Springs Nature Preserve
Topic: What Makes a Forest Work
Meeting Location: Clear Springs Nature Preserve parking lot
Guide:  Dave Wilson, forester
SEE PHOTOS


October 3

Location: White River Township Dune Preserve
Topic: Sand Dune Ecology and Protection
Meeting Location: Lloyd’s Landing parking lot (by Old Channel Inn)
Guide:  Tanya Cabala, sand dune protection advocate

*Donation to White River Township Dune Preserve fund suggested.
SEE PHOTOS

Meet at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 10:00 a.m. to receive detailed directions or to carpool.

Walks will begin at 10:30 a.m.  

This guided nature walk series is a project of Great Lakes Consulting, the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan.

White Lake Area Guided Nature Walks are sponsored through the generous support of Alcoa Howmet.

 

 

 

2014 White Lake Area Guided Nature Walk Schedule & Photos

June 7

Location: Owasippe Scout Reservation. Meeting Location: Owasippe Scout Reservation headquarters. Topic: Oak Barrens and Their Unique Species. Guide: Horticulturist Connie Crancer.  NOTE: This walk is through steep hills and semi-rugged terrain and will be strenuous.
SEE PHOTOS

 

July 5

Location: Private forested dune property north of Meinert Park. Meeting Location: Lower parking lot at Meinert County Park (north end). Topic: More Than An Arboretum: A Dunal Forest Ecology. Guide: Conservationist/naturalist Doug Paprocki.  *Steep hills, strenuous hike
SEE PHOTOS

 

August 2

Location: Duck Lake State Park. Meeting Location: Duck Lake State Park pavilion. Topic: Taking Better Pictures of Nature. Photographer and botanist Patricia Pennell.  *Bring digital camera or smart phone
SORRY, NO PHOTOS Due to a schedule conflict.

 

August 10 (A paddle instead of a walk)
Kayak tour of White Lake to visit habitat restoration sites. Sponsored by the White Lake Advisory Council
SEE PHOTOS

 

September 6:

Location: Clear Springs Nature Preserve. Meeting Location: Clear Springs Nature Preserve parking lot. Topic: Simple Nature Drawing. Guide: Artist Sharon Smithem.   *Bring sketch pad and no. 2 pencil

October 4:

Location: White Lake Shoreline. Meeting Location: White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot. Topic: White Lake Shoreline Habitat Restoration. Guide: Tanya Cabala, Great Lakes Consulting
SEE PHOTOS

 

Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable, sturdy shoes (no flip flops), and bring water and snacks if needed. Other optional items include: sunscreen, bug spray, hat, umbrella, binoculars, camera, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.

For those who need directions or for carpooling, the meeting place will be the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 124 W. Hanson Street in Whitehall at 10 a.m. where parking is available.

The walks will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe. There is no cost for the walks; registration is suggested, but not required.

 

 

 

 

2013 White Lake Area Guided Nature Walk Schedule & Photos

June 1

Location: White River Township Dunes Preserve. Meeting Location: Lloyd’s Landing. Topic: Dune Ecology, Regulation, and History. Guide: Tanya Cabala, Great Lakes Consulting and Roger Scharmer, historian for the White Lake Area Historical Society.
SEE PHOTOS

July 6

Location: White River Trail. Meeting Location: Lions Park parking lot. Topic: Exploring How People Have Changed Ecosystems Over Time – Invasive and Native Species. Guide: Patricia Pennell, Grand Rapids area botanist, educator, photographer and writer.
SEE PHOTOS

August 3

Location: Duck Lake State Park. Meeting Location: Scenic Drive parking lot. Topic: The Role of Disturbance in Michigan's Forests. Guide: David Wilson, consulting forester.
SEE PHOTOS

September 7

Location: Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve. Meeting Location: Meinert County Park parking lot (north end). Topic: Protecting West Michigan Dunes. Guide: Pete DeBoer, land protection coordinator for the Land Conservancy of West Michigan
SEE PHOTOS

October 5

Location: OxyChem (Occidental Chemical/Hooker Chemical Co.). Topic: Shoreline Habitat Restoration. Guide: Joe Branch, OxyChem site manager.  A historical presentation by Roger Scharmer.
SEE PHOTOS

 

Special notes: Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable, sturdy shoes (no flip flops), and bring water and snacks if needed. Other optional items include: sunscreen, bug spray, hat, umbrella, binoculars, camera, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.

For those who need directions or for carpooling, the meeting place will be the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 124 W. Hanson Street in Whitehall at 10 a.m. where parking is available. The walks will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe. There is no cost for the walks; registration is suggested, but not required.

 

 

2012 White Lake Area Guided Nature Walk Schedule & Photos
Download Brochure Here

June 2

Location: Clear Springs Nature Preserve
Meeting Location; Clear Springs Nature Preserve parking lot. (East of U.S.31 0.3mi. Then right at sign to parking lot.)

Topic:
The walk will feature tips on using photography to identify plants and insects, and photographing water with point and shoot digital cameras. Bring a digital camera and polarized sunglasses (if possible).
Guide: Patricia Pennell,
a Grand Rapids area botanist, educator, photographer and writer.
SEE PHOTOS

 

July 7

Location: Svensson Park
Meeting Location: Svensson Park parking lot.
Topic: White Lake Shoreline Habitat Restoration
Guide: Tanya Cabala, education and outreach consultant for the White Lake Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project.
SEE PHOTOS

August 4

Location: Muskegon State Park.
Meeting Location: Snug Harbor boat launch parking lot.
Topic: Treasures of Lost Lake.
Guide: Karen Brandel, naturalist and former Muskegon State Park interpreter.

September 1

Location: Fruitland Township – Duck Lake Road Property.
Meeting Location: White Lake Fire Authority Fire Barn, 4206 Duck Lake Road
Topic: Managing Forests.
Guide: David Wilson, consulting forester.

October 6

Location: Meinert Park.
Meeting Location: Meinert Park upper area parking lot.
Topic: Exploring Meinert Park’s New Addition.
Guide: April Scholtz, Land Protection Director for the Land Conservancy of West Michigan.

Special notes: Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable, sturdy shoes (no flip flops), and bring water and snacks if needed. Other optional items include: sunscreen, bug spray, hat, umbrella, binoculars, camera, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.

For those who need directions or for carpooling, the meeting place will be the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 124 W. Hanson Street in Whitehall at 10 a.m. where parking is available. The walks will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe. There is no cost for the walks; registration is suggested, but not required.

 

 

 


2011 White Lake Area Guided Nature Walk Schedule & Photos

June 4

Location: Henderson Lake Nature Preserve.
Meeting Location: *Henderson Lake Nature Preserve parking lot.
Topic: Woods and Water

*To get to Henderson Lake Nature Preserve, from U.S. 31, take Fruitvale Road east for a quarter of a mile. 
Turn left (north) onto Henderson Road and proceed about one half mile to the park entrance on the left (west) side of road.
SEE PHOTOS

July 2

Location: Meinert County Park. Meeting
Location: Upper level parking lot.
Topic: Sandy Plants and Animals. (County park fees apply for each vehicle.)
SEE PHOTOS

August 6

Location: Duck Lake State Park. Meeting Location: Pavilion.
Topic: Seeing Nature [With Your Camera].
SEE PHOTOS

September 3
Wisely postponed due to predicted lightening.
Officially rescheduled for September 17th.

Location: Owasippee Scout Reservation.
Meeting Location: Reneker Camp parking lot.
Topic: Quaking Bogs.
SEE PHOTOS

October 1

Location: Muskegon State Park.
Meeting Location: South campground at Muskegon Lake (former boat launch area).
Topic: Autumn in the Dunes. (State park fees apply for each vehicle.)
SEE PHOTOS

For more information about the walks, contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-893-4585 or Great Lakes Consulting (www.tanyacabala.com) at 231-981-0016 or (231) 670-3413


2010 White Lake Area Guided Nature Walk Schedule
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2010 TRI-FOLD BROCHURE

June 5th
Location:
Owasippe Scout Reservation
Topic:
Native Prairie Habitat
Meeting Location:
Parking Lot of Owasippe Scout Reservation in Twin Lake, MI at 9900 Russell Road
SEE PHOTOS

July 10th**
Location:
Muskegon State Park***
Topic:
Dune Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics
Meeting Location:
Snug Harbor Parking Lot Just Off Memorial Drive, by Picnic Shelter*
SEE PHOTOS

August 7th
Location:
Clear Springs Nature Preserve
Topic:
Forest Ecology
Meeting Location:
Head East Off Fruitvale Road Exit From U.S. 31, Approximately 0.3 Miles. Look for the Preserve Sign and Take Drive South to Parking Lot*
SEE PHOTOS

September 4th
Location:
Alcoa Howmet Plant 4 Native Landscape
Topic:
Oak Savanna and Native Habitat
Meeting Location:
White Lake Community Library
Parking Lot, 3900 White Lake Drive*
SEE PHOTOS

October 2nd
Location:
Duck Lake State Park***
Topic:
Drowned River Mouth Lakes and Rivers
Meeting Location:
State Park Entrance Parking Lot*
* SEE PHOTOS

*Individuals unfamiliar with locations can meet at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 10:00 a.m. to receive detailed directions or to carpool out to surrounding locations. Walks will begin at 10:30 a.m.

**July walk will be held the second Saturday (10th) due to the 4th of July parade and holiday weekend.

***State park fee’s apply for each vehicle

 


2009 White Lake Area Nature Walk Series Schedule

The third annual nature tours, sponsored by Alcoa-Howmet, will expose participants to knowledge of a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife. The walks are appropriate for adults and families. Children must be accompanied by parents.
The walking tours are free. Registration for walks is suggested, but not required.
 

• May 2 — Dune ecology and ecosystem dynamics at White River Township Barrier Dunes Sanctuary; meet at Lloyd's Landing.
 SEE PHOTOS

• June 6 — Glacial forests and Michigan Heritage Park at Hilt's Landing; meet at Hilt's Landing parking area. 
 SEE PHOTOS

• July 11 — Dune ecology and early succession at Meinert Park; meet at Meinert Park's lower parking lot.
SEE PHOTOS

• Aug. 1 — Forest ecosys­tems and wildlife at Duck Lake State Park; meet at the park's pavilion.
 SEE PHOTOS

• Sept. 5 — Drowned river mouth lakes and rivers, at the Hart-Montague recreational, trail; meet at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot.
 SEE PHOTOS

The walks begin at 10:30 a.m. sharp and end at about noon. For those who need directions or want to car-pool, the meeting place is the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 124 W. Hanson, in Whitehall at 10 a.m.

To register for a walk, call the chamber office at 893-4585 or Great Lakes Consulting at 981-0016.

Staff from the Muskegon Conservation District guide many of the nature walks.

 

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