The Benzie Conservation District has partnered with the Inland Seas Education Association and the Benzie Water Council to provide a free educational discovery sail for children grades 4-8. The three hour sail departs from Frankfurt Municipal Marina on June 19th at 2pm. Aboard the ship children will participate in the collection and analysis of water, plankton, and lake bottom samples. They will learn about the Great Lakes ecosystem, how a sail boat runs and operates, and the various aquatic species that dwell in Lake Michigan.
To sign-up, contact Ashley Garver at 231-882-4391 or email@example.com
For more information, please visit or discovery sail page
Thursday's Clean Sweep on the Platte River was a huge success! Our volunteers pulled an entire truckload of trash from the river and were treated to a beautiful afternoon in the sun. Some of the highlights included up close encounters with wildlife, scenic views of the upper Platte, and the joy of removing trash from what would otherwise be a pristine native ecosystem.
The funcontinues on Saturday, June 11th with the 5th Annual Betsie River Clean Sweep. The District invites you to come out to enjoy an afternoon of paddling while helping to restore and enhance the beautiful Betsie River.
Volunteers will meet at 9 am at the Benzonia Congregational Church for a free pancake breakfast before heading to the river. We expect to be on the water until around 2 pm so please come prepared with sunscreen, a life preserver, and plenty of drinking water. Every volunteer will receive a cool "Benzie River Steward" tee-shirt for their service!
If you are interested in participating but don't have access to a canoe/kayak, contact the District office and we will try to find one for you to borrow.
To sign up, please call or email John Ransom at 231-882-4391 x 13 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you love Benzie's waterways? Join us on Thurs, June 2nd from 9am-3pm for the Platte River Clean Sweep, an annual event dedicated to keeping the Platte River free of garbage and debris.
Volunteers will meet at Veteran’s Memorial Park off of US 31 at 8:30am. We will be paddling down the river in small teams to pick up trash that has been thrown in the water or trapped along the banks. We ask that volunteers bring their own kayak/canoe, but if you do not have access to one please contact the district office and we will try to find one for you. We also ask that you bring your own water bottle and a life preserver.
When registering, please let us know your level of paddling experience as some parts of the Upper Platte are faster, narrower, and trickier to navigate. A complimentary tee-shirt and lunch will be provided!