Upcoming Events

The Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy has many exciting programs for families, friends, and community members to enjoy throughout the year.

Here is our calendar. 

 

To stay informed look for us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GINLC.GI,  Instagram.com/ginlc, or sign up for our email list.

Saturday, January 8, 2022: Winter Walk at Meridian Woods

Meridian Woods. Eastside of Meridian Road across from Meridian Elementary School, Grosse Ile. 1-3 pm.

Join us for a walk through the woods with our naturalist to look for signs of our winter wildlife! We’ll be discussing how winter affects our plants and animals, and some of the strategies they use to make it through the winter.

 

GINLC.education@gmail.com for information.

 

Sunday, February 13, 2022: Birds on the Bay

Airport Natural Area. 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile. 1-3 pm

Let’s take a winter walk through the natural area. Discover the birds that stay during the winter season and learn about how they handle this harsh time of the year.  We will focus on winter birds and the Great Backyard Bird Count.

All experience levels are welcome.  Please bring binoculars if you have them.

 

GINLC.education@gmail.com for more information.

 

Saturday, March 19, 2022: Pools, puddles, and ponds.

Meridian Woods. Eastside of Meridian Road across from Meridian Elementary School, Grosse Ile. 1-3 pm.

Hike through the woods with our naturalist as we focus on vernal pools and amphibians like salamanders and frogs.

 

GINLC.education@gmail.com for more information.

 

April - Island Cleanup Stewardship Event– Date & Time TBD

Centennial Farm. 25797 Third St. Grosse Ile.

Volunteer with GINLC in this Kiwanis sponsored event as we clean up our protected lands.

 

info@ginlc.org for more information.

 

Thursday April 21, 2022 - Earth Day Celebration – Time, Date & Location to be determined.

 

Sunday, April 24, 2022: Signs of Spring

Airport Natural Area. 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile, 1-3 pm.

Join us for a walk to discover the different ways nature lets us know that spring is right around the corner. Our focus is on early spring birds, frogs, salamanders, and flowers.

 

GINLC.education@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

Thursday, May 5th, 2022 @ 5:00 pm Take It Outside High School Photo Contest (2021-2022) Entry Deadline

The Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy invites High School students to participate in the 2021-2022 Nature & Wildlife Photo Contest!   We are searching for photos captured locally (within Wayne, Washtenaw, and Monroe Counties) that inspire us to appreciate and steward our environment:  air, water, land, wildlife, resources, and ecosystems.

2021/2022 Categories

      New Beginnings

      Nature in Distress

      Nature at its Best       

Entries will be judged by category with winners receiving cash prizes for 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place in each category.  A single Grand Prize overall winner will be named.

 

See www.ginlc.org/photo-contest to enter and for more information.

 

​Sunday, May 15, 2022: Early Bird Migration Walk

Meridian Woods. Eastside of Meridian Road across from Meridian Elementary School, Grosse Ile. 8-10 am.

Focus: Spring migration. Walk through the woods as we discover the birds that call Southeast Michigan home during the spring and summer! We’ll learn the benefits of this long flight north and their importance in the natural world.

 

GINLC.education@gmail.com for more information.

 

Sunday, June 12, 2022: Wetland Wander

Airport Natural Area. 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile, 1-3 pm.

Focus: wetland plants and animals. Explore the natural area to discover what makes wetlands so great! We’ll learn about the different plants and animals that live in the area and their importance for humans too.

 

GINLC.education@gmail.com for more information.

 

Saturday, July 16, 2022: Things with Wings

Airport Natural Area. 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile. 1-3 pm.

On this walk we will learn about insects on the move- look for praying mantids and their egg cases (ootheca), bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and more.

 

GINLC.education@gmail.com for more information.

 

Saturday, August 20, 2022: Lovely Lotus Walk

Airport Natural Area. 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile, 1-3 pm.

Enjoy a guided hike down to the American Lotus bed to observe this beautiful wetland flower.  Discover what makes this plant so important for wildlife, technology, and humans.  We will also observe the other plants and animals found alongside the Lotus during late summer in the marsh.

 

Saturday, September 17, 2022: Twilight Hike.

Airport Natural Area. 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile 7-9 pm.

Join us as we learn about nocturnal and twilight wildlife. We will listen for frogs, use a bat detector to find bats, search for moths and fireflies, and discuss nocturnal animal adaptations.

 

GINLC.education@gmail.com for more information.

 

Saturday October 1, 2022, Take It Outside High School Photo Contest (2022-2023) Starts. –

See www.ginlc.org/photo-contest to enter and for more information.

 

 

Saturday October 29, 2022 – GINLC Annual General Membership Meeting – Time and location TBD.

Open to All Members and the General Public. Topics include State of the Conservancy, Accomplishments, “Conservationist of the Year” Award, Election of Board of Directors, and Guest Speaker.

 

info@ginlc.org for more information.

 

Sunday, October 30, 2022- Nature of Halloween.

Airport Natural Area. 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile, 1-3 pm.

Join us for this spooktacular program as we learn about the natural history of the plants and animals that are associated with Halloween!

 

GINLC.education@gmail.com for information.

 

Saturday, November 12, 2022: Owl Prowl.

Centennial Farm. 25797 Third St. Grosse Ile. 6:30-8:00pm

These are awesome birds of prey! We’ll learn about the owls in our area and their characteristics. We’ll end the night with a hike to attempt to find some owls. This is one of our most popular events.

 

GINLC.education@gmail.com for information and to register.

 

Sunday, December 18, 2022: Solstice Walk.

Meridian Woods. Eastside of Meridian Road across from Meridian Elementary School, Grosse Ile. 1-3 pm.

Join us for an educational walk on the (almost) shortest day of the year.  Our focus will be on signs of winter, seasonal adaptations, and animal homes.

 

All GINLC programs are free to the public, but your donations make them possible.  Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. 

 

There are several stewardship volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  To stay informed look for us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GINLC.GI or sign up for our email list

 

We continue to evaluate all events and will adjust for the safety and health of our community. To prevent the spread of Covid 19, face coverings and physical distancing will be required as appropriate.