Ready to get back outside in nature but the weather isn’t cooperating? Here are some classes and events for those stuck inside to bring nature into your life. If you want more information about the environment, the Great Lakes or many other topics these classes are for you. If you know of an environment, wildlife or nature class not listed here please add it to the comments at the bottom of the page.
16th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament – February 19, 2011 begins 7:30 am, Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning, 2315 Harmon Lake Road, Mayville, Michigan.
Come one, come all, the premier ice fishing tournament offers plenty of fun for everyone, raffles, children’s games, $6 chicken dinner and more. Catch the tagged pike and win $7,000. Two fishing sessions to register for, $15 fee for over 16, $5 for under 16. No fishing license required but you must have ID. Get there early to get a registration spot.
All proceeds benefit the Fowler Center, which brings outdoor education to special needs children and adults. Call 989-673-2050 for more information.
Shooting classes for women- February 20, 6-9 pm and March 8, 7 to 10 pm at the Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress located at 49800 Dequindre Rd. in Utica.
This classes are sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. They are for women to learn the basics of rifle and handgun shooting, safety, ammunition handling etc. Live target practice. The first class is a rifle class and is open to ages 10 and above, below 18 with a guardian. The second is a handgun class, for ages 18 and up. You don’t need to have your own gun.
Registration deadlines are Feb. 17 for the rifle class, March 3 for handgun class. There is a $30 fee for each class payable at registration. To register visit www.Michigan.gov/bow
Michigan Invasive Plant Council annual Symposium March 4, 8am – 4pm Kellogg Center, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan.
Join educators and government professionals in learning how to prevent and control invasive plant species. Cost is $75, includes lunch. Registration must be received by Feb 23 and is limited to the first 150 people. More information at www.invasiveplantsmi.org or call Brian Majka at 616-847-1680
Climate Change and the Effect on Songbirds, March 4, 6:30-9:30 pm, Kellogg Center, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan.
The Audubon society is presenting this evening class by Dr. Bill Porter along with a nice banquet meal. Cost is $50 per person, $80 per couple. Pre-registration required. Visit www.michiganaudubon.org
Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association Seminar, March 5, 9 am – 5pm , Kellogg Center, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan.
The seminar will answer questions and feature speakers on such topics as solar water and space heating, photovoltaic electricity, wind electricity and other renewable energy topics. One class $30, 2 classes $40, 3 classes $50. Lunch is on your own. More information at www.glrea.org or 1-800-434-9788
Quiet Water Symposium March 5, 9 am – 5pm – MSU Livestock Pavilion, East Lansing, Michigan.
A fun day for those who like non-motorized water sports. This is the 16th year for this educational symposium. It features classes and demonstrations on kayaking, canoe trails, outdoor skills, dog care and much more. On display are historic watercraft and outdoor equipment. Lots of vendors and nature organization booths. Admission is only $10 for adults, children under 5 free. For more information contact Rich Bailey at email@example.com
Fishing for the Future of Our Great Lakes- March 8-9th – 9:30 am to 4 pm MSU Natural Resources Building, room 183, East Lansing, Michigan.
This is a program to train adults to work with children and the community promoting fishing and other outdoor skills. Project FISH teaches you about fishing, fishing tackle, aquatic resources, and community involvement skills. Some teachers may earn continuing education credits for this workshop. Cost for the workshop is only $55. Space is limited. Find more information at www.projectfish.org/anrweek.pdf or call Mark Stephens at 517-432-2700
Great LakesPartnership for Protection and Restoration, March 8, 9am -4pm. MSU, East Lansing, Michigan.
This conference features a variety of expert speakers on the health of our Great Lakes and how to protect them. The latest research and policies involving the Great Lakes will be explored. The conference is free but pre-registration is required. For more information visit www.hydra.iwr.msu.edu/registrations/GreatLakes/index.asp or call Lois Wolfson 517-353-3742
Shoreline and Shallows Conference, March 9, 9:30 am – 4:15 pm Kellogg Center, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan.
This conference will address issues of inland lakes, green landscaping, bioengineered erosion control, improving fish and wildlife habitat and more. Cost of the conference is $25 which includes lunch. For more information call John Skubinna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-353-9222
Tawas Point Birding Festival, May 13-15, 2011. Tawas and Oscoda areas.
Now in its 7th year the Tawas Point Birding festival brings thousands of bird lovers to the area to watch migrating birds. There are programs by wildlife experts, vendors and guided tours to hot birding spots. For additional information, contact Wendy Tatar, Program Coordinator, at 517-886-9144.