Northern Michigan October Events with Little Traverse Conservancy

Northern Michigan Events: Little Traverse Conservancy's (LTC) fall 2012 field trips are celebrations of the habitat diversity represented at LTC's nature preserves in Northern Michigan. Most field trips include an educational component, making them a great way to get outdoors with friends or introduce your kids to nature. All trips are offered at no charge unless otherwise noted. Registration is required for all field trips by calling 231.347.0991.

Tree Identification

Raven Ridge Nature Preserve, Charlevoix Co.

Saturday, October 6, 10:00 am-noon

Mike Lynch will lead a hike through these beautiful Charlevoix County hills exploring the forest with a closer eye. As we identify trees and their defining features, we will also inquire about the relationships trees have with their habitat, wildlife and climate.

Lake Superior Fall Colors

Round Island Point Preserve, Chippewa Co.

Saturday, October 6, 10:00 am-noon

Enjoy autumn in the Upper Peninsula with staff member Jay Neff. With more than two miles of beautiful frontage on Lake Superior near the mouth of the St. Mary’s River, we will hike the 1½ miles of trails on this 1,024-acre preserve. Considerable wetland habitat has been protected for migrating birds and other wildlife. From the viewing platform keep your eyes open for wildlife preparing for winter.

Wildlife Adventure

Greenwood Sanctuary, Cheboygan Co.

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am-noon

Visit one of the largest private properties in our service area now protected with a conservation easement. Greenwood Sanctuary serves well as a long-time protected haven for wildlife. Just about all the species found in this region are present at this sanctuary, and some such as elk are likely to be seen.

Landowner George Jury opens his gates and invites us in to explore. Hike through the many trails and take in the small lakes and natural landscapes — keeping your eyes open for migratory birds, wild turkeys and elk.

Orienteering for Adults and Families

Ransom Nature Preserve, Charlevoix Co.

Saturday, October 20, 10:00 am-noon

Join LTC’s AmeriCorps Service member Katherine Brown for a lesson in how to find your way in the woods. Build your confidence by learning how to use a compass and enjoy the views and fall colors of this gem of a nature preserve. There are about 1.5 miles of trails for you to enjoy, but beware, orienteering does not follow the well-beaten path. Wear suitable footwear and clothing for bushwhacking.

Geocaching in the UP

De Tour Peninsula Preserve, Mackinac Co.

Saturday, October 20, 10:00 am-noon

Join Charles Dawley to hike the De Tour Peninsula on this new 145-acre preserve including three miles of Lake Huron frontage. This preserve lies along a bird migration corridor centered around the St. Mary’s River. As you look through the trees for the cache, you can also look up for migrating birds, and enjoy southern views of the De Tour Reef Lighthouse. If you are new to this activity you can learn how to use a GPS unit to find a cache in the woods and get more comfortable exploring new places.

Getting Kids Outdoors: Campfire and Night Hike Adventure

Petoskey State Park, Emmet Co.

Saturday, October 27, 6:00 pm

Get out your Passport to Adventure and join GKO partner Maureen Stine of Natureology ( for a night time adventure at Petoskey State Park. Meet at the campsite for s’mores and more as we wait for the sun to go down. Once our eyes have adjusted to the dwindling light we will set out – without flashlights! – into the night. Learn all about bioluminescence, rhodopsin, and nocturnal night life through some fun games on the trail.

This outing is free, but a DNR Recreation Passport (or daily entry fee) is required for entrance. No registration is required for this program, all ages welcome!

Learn more about Little Traverse Conservancy and their work at–Your start to getting outdoors in Northern Michigan.