Upcoming events

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

Dead River Community Forest: Bayous Hike – Saturday, June 29, 10-3

Join UPLC and the Dead River Community Forest Steering Committee for an off-trail exploration of the Proposed Dead River Community Forest! We’ll start through our Veilmetti-Peters Reserve near Meijer and hike a total of about 5 miles, mostly off trail, to introduce you to what the Community Forest could bring to your neighborhood.

Tory’s Woods Hike – Saturday July 27, 1-4

Hike our new boardwalk through the South Loop of Tory’s Woods and see the new trail signs that were created and installed with the help of Northern Michigan University students in 2017 and 2018. We’ll hike about 2 miles total on varied terrain.

20th Birthday Celebration and Open House – Wednesday, August 21

Celebrate 20 years of protecting land with us! Join us for a hike to the Dead River Community Forest’s planned trails at the Bridges Parcel followed by dinner and music, and an introduction to our plan for the next 20 years. Open house at the new office to welcome new staff and congratulate retiring staff 4-6. Details to follow.

Indian Lake Preserve Day – Saturday, August 31 9-5

Hooray, Hooray! It’s everyone’s favorite: Indian Lake Day! Join us as we explore the new access route to the Preserve from our brand new acquisition which expands our Indian Lake Preserve by 154 acres! Details to follow.

Annual Bald Mountain Adventure Day – September 28, 8-6

Our off-trail extravaganza up in the Huron Mountains is back again! Hike in the remote wilderness with a local guide and naturalists. Very rugged terrain with incredible views that we plan to protect permanently. RSVP required. Details to follow.

Dead River Community Forest Project Exploration – 510 Bridge Leaf Peeper Party – Saturday, October 5, 5-8pm

Join us for a spectacular view of the fall colors from the “bridges” portion of the proposed Dead River Community Forest! This popular fall-colors viewing area is under threat of development and we’re working with the McClure Basin Association and larger community to protect it permanently, and open it up to the public! Come show your support and get a great view of peak fall colors in the Dead River Valley at peak fall colors.

Past Events

Over the River and Through the Woods 5K Trail Race – May 18

Registration is now open for our third annual Over the River and Through the Woods trail race! This race will take place at Vielmetti-Peters Reserve on the outskirts of Marquette (600 Brickyard Road). See race page for details.

Hope to see you out on the trail!

Spring Birding Hike at Chocolay Bayou Preserve – April 27

At 8:00 AM we’ll be hosting a guided hike to observe migrating birds at the Chocolay Bayou, our newest Preserve property.  Local birders will be present to identify species and answer questions. The hike will be less than 1 mile long, with some small elevation changes and a slow pace. Bring binoculars!

Vielmetti-Peters Snowshoe Hike – March 23rd

Join us at the Vielmetti-Peters Conservation Reserve, a 123-acre parcel on the edge of town with over 3 miles of rolling trails through diverse forest habitat. We’ll take in the signs of seasonal change and share our plans for the expansion of this protected area. We can’t guarantee ground conditions – we may find snow or mud! – so come prepared for anything. We’ll meet at the county road turn-around at the end of Brickyard Road at 1:00 PM, and will aim to be back to our cars by 3:00 PM.

Note: this is in place of our hike at Tory’s Woods which was changed due to accessibility and limited parking with snow.

UP 200 Takeoff Party – February 15, 2019

The UP 200 starts on Feb 15th, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. in downtown Marquette, but we like to watch the mushers swoosh by in the quiet of the woods. Teams usually pass the trailhead at the Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve from 7:30-9:30 P.M. or so (the midnight run starts at 8:30). The sled teams pass directly by the Preserve, so we get a great view and interaction with the mushers away from the bustle and lights of downtown. We will have a serene ice-lamp-lit trail leading from the Main Street parking lot of the Bayou Preserve out to the North trailhead (where it connects to the Iron Ore Heritage Trail). We will have a bonfire, hot cocoa and snacks, and merriment waiting! This is a very kid-friendly event and participants are welcome to come and go as they please. Dress warmly, bring your own snowshoes (though the trail will be packed in advance if needed, they’re still a good idea), a friend, and a headlamp just in case!

Guided Snowshoe Hike at the Vielmetti-Peters Conservation Reserve – January 19, 2019

Come play in the snow with us! Join UPLC Executive Director Andrea Denham on one of her favorite winter excursions, to hear all about our plans for the future of this Reserve. We’ll be snowshoeing the waterfall trail at the VPR together, and it’ll be a grand time. Meet at the end of Brickyard Road (approx 800 Brickyard) and we’ll put on our ‘shoes and hike together starting at 1:00 PM. It’ll be just a couple miles out-and-back on a pre-packed route, so we’ll have you back to your cars by 3:30 PM. Bring water, dress in layers (appropriate for the weather!!), and a snack. If you don’t have your own snowshoes, you can rent some from Northern Michigan University’s Outdoor Recreation Center  for $10/day.

UPLC’s Annual Meeting – January 17, 2019

Join us on Thursday, January 17th from 5:30-8 PM at the Women’s Federated Clubhouse (104 W Ridge St, Marquette, MI 49855). This is an excellent time to come and be introduced to UPLC as we give a rundown of our accomplishments in 2018 and look ahead to our big goals for 2019. Come meet folks just like you who are passionate about saving land in the UP for the sake of the community and learn how we are ensuring a green, healthy future for the region. We will be focusing this year’s annual meeting presentations on a look into UPLC’s (and the Marquette’s!) future as we discuss the future Dead River Community Forest–this will include showing a film we created this summer (parts of which were shown at Fresh Coast Film Festival in 2018!) that captures the essence of the project.

This event schedule includes a social mixer (with snacks and beverages) starting at 5:30. Our annual meeting will begin at 6, with a presentation at 6:30 and a closing social time between 7:30-8.