Events

Upcoming events:

All events are open to the public, so bring your friends and family! RSVP’s are very appreciated but not necessary unless other wise specified. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and sign up for our email newsletter for updates as the events get closer!

Restoration Thursdays at the Chocolay Bayou! For more information, visit the “volunteer” page, but feel free to stop by and chat with the volunteers on your hike without feeling obligated to join in! 5 consecutive Thursdays from 8:30-3:30, July 20th, 27th, August 3, 10, 17.

Gamber-Brisky Preserve work day and Hike, July 22nd, 1-5. Meet at the UPLC office at 1 to carpool and caravan to the Preserve. Bring your favorite trail clearing tools, or don’t! It’s a combo of very light work and mostly hiking. Please RSVP by Wednesday July 19th. CANCELLED due to thunderstorms. Will be rescheduled soon!

Adventure Day at Bald Mountain Saturday, August 12th 8-5pm-ish (see details below)
You’re in for a real treat if you’re up for this hike! The way up Bald Mountain is steep and without a trail. If you’re thinking about protecting your land with a conservation easement or by donating it, this is also a great opportunity to learn about that process. Our trail hosts and guides are the owners of the Bald Mountain property, who are working with UPLC to find the best way to permanently protect the Mountain and the surrounding land. It’s a good long drive, so meet at the UPLC office at 8 am to carpool and caravan–high clearance/AWD/4WD vehicles are necessary! If you live West of Marquette, call to plan out a meeting place/time. We’ll be hiking by about 10 and back to the trailhead by 5. You’ll have the option to cook-out with us and our hosts when we get back to the start, or, we may split off if some folks want to leave after the hike, depending on attendance and desires. RSVP Required by Monday August 7th so we can plan rides and food! Max of 15 participants.

Natural History Exploration Day at the Indian Lake and Murphy Family Preserves Saturday, August 19th. 9-4 ish (see details below)

This is one of the best UPLC hikes of the year, particularly if you’re into long days of off-trail exploration and natural history sleuthing! The Indian Lake and adjacent Murphy Family Preserves are two of UPLC’s hidden gems. Together, they form the headwaters of the Peshekee River and we protect them as pristine wilderness with minimal human interference. You really want to come see these places, seriously. We’ll meet up at 8 am at the UPLC office to carpool and caravan towards Michigamme, or you can meet us at the turnoff at 9 (we’ll give specific instructions when you RSVP by email) and then head in to the Preserves together. We’ll hike through Indian Lake along the boardwalk and then into Murphy Family for some more exploration and travel by map while taking time to really soak in the wilderness. We’ll eat lunch out there and turn back to have us back at the cars close to three and will leave together. You’ll be back in Marquette well before 5, feeling refreshed from your taste of wilderness. Depending on interests, we may split into a short hike and long hike group. Limit 15 participants, RSVP required via email no later than 8/14. Bring: bug protection, camera, lunch, snacks, minimum 1 litre water per person. Prepare for the weather–we’ll reschedule in the event of severe weather but a little rain won’t stop us! Wear sturdy, ideally waterproof, hiking boots! “10 essentials” highly recommended but guides will carry essential items as well. Bring anything else you personally need to be away from buildings, running water, and other modern conveniences for a full day.

1st Annual Chocolay Bayou Birthday Bash September 23rd

Details to be released soon–Guided birding hike in the morning followed by paddle activities including a canoe/kayak race, silent auction and live music, food, and art! Keep your eyes open for more details out soon and be sure to come out and help us celebrate and support the future protection of this community gem.

Hope to see you out on the trail!