Saturday, May 26, 2012

Updated: Gratiot Lake Conservancy to offer summer workshops

Bob Marr will again be offering a Beginners Workshop on Dragonflies and Damselflies through Gratiot Lake Conservancy this summer. See below to read about this and other workshops that still have openings. (Photo © and courtesy Jim Hay of Gratiot Lake Conservancy. Reprinted with permission.)

GRATIOT LAKE -- Gratiot Lake Conservancy (GLC) has exciting offerings on tap for July and August. All workshops require advance registration. Here are some descriptions of those that still have vacancies:

Sketching the Landscape in Watercolor -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15.
Instructor: Marilynn Brandenburger.
Location: Eagle Harbor Community Building and outdoor locations in the vicinity. Fee: $100 ($85 GLC members) Advance registration required.
Suitable for persons of all levels of art experience. Advance registration required (limited enrollment).

A student at a recent GLC workshop given by Marilynn Brandenburger works on a watercolor journal. (Photo © and courtesy Bonnie Hay) 

Marilynn Brandenburger has been painting and exhibiting professionally for more than twenty-five years. Awards and recognitions include grants from private and public foundations, appointments as Artist-in-Residence in national and state parks, including Isle Royale National Park. Her work is in collections throughout the U.S. Marilynn’s work has been featured in national newspaper and magazine articles and in two books: The Best of Colored Pencil 5 and The Island Within Us. She has also illustrated three books. Click here to read more about Marilynn Brandenburger and the workshop.

A Retreat at Gratiot Lake Preserve and Noblet Field Station: Connecting More Deeply with Nature and Spirit -- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21 (Raindate July 22)
Facilitated by Bonnie Hay and Sharon Levine
Location: Noblet Field Station and Gratiot Lake Preserve
Fee: $50 ($45 GLC members) Advance registration required.

Cabin at Noblet Field Station near Gratiot Lake. (Photo © and courtesy Jim Hay)

Participate in a guided process to develop skills of careful observation in nature through direct sensory experience. It will be a time to rekindle your imagination and translate your perceptions into stories or images. Details of the Saturday meeting location and what to bring will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch and extra drinking water since no potable water is available at the GLC preserve. Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for being out-of-doors and shoes suitable for moderate walking. Click here to read more about this workshop.

Beginners Workshop on Dragonflies and Damselflies -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 11 (Raindate August 12)
Instructor: Bob Marr
Location: Sites in Keweenaw County. Meeting location to be determined closer to the date.
Fee: $20 ($15 GLC members) Janet Avery Scholarship available. Advance registration required.
Learn identification, safe capture and release, and techniques for observation of these "winged dragons" and "neon toothpicks." Appropriate for adults and children 11 and older with an interest in nature (accompanied by an adult). The day will start with a short (about 45-minute) overview of life cycle, ecology, morphology, and behavior followed by field identification. There will be a break for lunch and then more field observation. Since both aquatic and terrestrial habitat will be explored, participants are encouraged to bring along wading shoes or boots.... Click here to read more about this workshop.

All workshops require advance registration. More information and downloadable application forms are at Go to the drop down menu at the top of the page and select "What’s New" to find the GLC calendar and workshop list.  For further information contact Bonnie: or leave a phone message at 906-337-5476.

Mike Schira to present "Living by Water" June 30

GLC is planning to host Mike Schira, District Educator of the MSU Extension from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, June 30, at the Eagle Harbor Community Building. Mike’s talk will be "Living by Water." He will explain how lakeshore landowners can protect the lakes and rivers they love. This is free and open to all.

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