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Last year we collected 1623 individual pieces of trash from in and around the Cheboygan River. Help us beat our Clean Waters Challenge record on Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. to heal the Bear River in Petoskey! 

After the clean up, join us for a BBQ where you'll be able to win prizes from our Partners at Bearcub Outfitters (like new Keen shoes of your choice and a Patagonia bag)!

Register at the link in our bio. 

Clean Waters Challenge: Healing the Bear 2024
Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bear River Recreation Area
9 – 9:30 a.m. Registration (breakfast provided by Grain Train Natural Foods Market and Roast and Toast Cafe)
9:30 a.m. Kick-Off & instructions
9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cleanup & trash sorting
12 – 1 p.m. BBQ lunch (hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, refreshments, etc.) 

Special thank you to Bearcub Outfitters, Petoskey Plastics, Meijer, American Rivers, Emmett County Recycling, the City of Petoskey, Grain Train, JoJo's Cookies, Roast & Toast, and Walmart.

Last year we collected 1623 individual pieces of trash from in and around the Cheboygan River. Help us beat our Clean Waters Challenge record on Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. to heal the Bear River in Petoskey!

After the clean up, join us for a BBQ where you`ll be able to win prizes from our Partners at Bearcub Outfitters (like new Keen shoes of your choice and a Patagonia bag)!

Register at the link in our bio.

Clean Waters Challenge: Healing the Bear 2024
Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bear River Recreation Area
9 – 9:30 a.m. Registration (breakfast provided by Grain Train Natural Foods Market and Roast and Toast Cafe)
9:30 a.m. Kick-Off & instructions
9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cleanup & trash sorting
12 – 1 p.m. BBQ lunch (hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, refreshments, etc.)

Special thank you to Bearcub Outfitters, Petoskey Plastics, Meijer, American Rivers, Emmett County Recycling, the City of Petoskey, Grain Train, JoJo`s Cookies, Roast & Toast, and Walmart.

Stop by the Watershed Council today to see the new Discovery Center at our grand opening from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.! 

Face Painting
Games & Crafts
Sturgeon Scavenger Hunt
Hands-on Activities
& MORE!

Stop by the Watershed Council today to see the new Discovery Center at our grand opening from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.!

Face Painting
Games & Crafts
Sturgeon Scavenger Hunt
Hands-on Activities
& MORE!

Tomorrow is the big day!

Join the Watershed Council and Downtown Petoskey 12 - 2 p.m. for an afternoon of family fun as we celebrate the opening of the Ruth Tucker Ayers Harris Watershed Discovery Center!

Games & Crafts
Face Painting
Meet BeBot the Beach Cleaning Robot
Stream and Watershed Models
Get face-to-fin with the newest residents - whitefish, arctic grayling, and a juvenile sturgeon!
& more!

Tomorrow is the big day!

Join the Watershed Council and Downtown Petoskey 12 – 2 p.m. for an afternoon of family fun as we celebrate the opening of the Ruth Tucker Ayers Harris Watershed Discovery Center!

Games & Crafts
Face Painting
Meet BeBot the Beach Cleaning Robot
Stream and Watershed Models
Get face-to-fin with the newest residents – whitefish, arctic grayling, and a juvenile sturgeon!
& more!

Healing the Bear is back after a 5 year hiatus! Help us clean up the Bear River on Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

It takes a community to care for our water resources, and we can't thank our partner Bearcub Outfitters enough. They're providing some incredible door prizes (like new Keen shoes of your choice and a Patagonia bag!) and they'll be onsite to help get our cherished Bear River back to its natural beauty. 

New this year! Thanks to Petoskey Plastics, volunteers will receive a collectible iron-on embroidered patch designed by Water Resources and Communications Specialist Calla Beers.

Clean Waters Challenge: Healing the Bear 2024
Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bear River Recreation Area

9 – 9:30 a.m. Registration (breakfast provided by Grain Train Natural Foods Market and Roast and Toast Cafe)
9:30 a.m. Kick-Off & instructions
9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cleanup & trash sorting
12 – 1 p.m. BBQ lunch (hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, refreshments, etc.) 

Special thank you to Meijer, American Rivers, Emmett County Recycling, and the City of Petoskey.

Want to support our efforts? Become a member and make a splash for our Northern Michigan lakes, rivers, and streams! Join here: https://watershedcouncil.org/join-donate/

Healing the Bear is back after a 5 year hiatus! Help us clean up the Bear River on Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

It takes a community to care for our water resources, and we can`t thank our partner Bearcub Outfitters enough. They`re providing some incredible door prizes (like new Keen shoes of your choice and a Patagonia bag!) and they`ll be onsite to help get our cherished Bear River back to its natural beauty.

New this year! Thanks to Petoskey Plastics, volunteers will receive a collectible iron-on embroidered patch designed by Water Resources and Communications Specialist Calla Beers.

Clean Waters Challenge: Healing the Bear 2024
Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bear River Recreation Area

9 – 9:30 a.m. Registration (breakfast provided by Grain Train Natural Foods Market and Roast and Toast Cafe)
9:30 a.m. Kick-Off & instructions
9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cleanup & trash sorting
12 – 1 p.m. BBQ lunch (hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, refreshments, etc.)

Special thank you to Meijer, American Rivers, Emmett County Recycling, and the City of Petoskey.

Want to support our efforts? Become a member and make a splash for our Northern Michigan lakes, rivers, and streams! Join here: https://watershedcouncil.org/join-donate/

TOMORROW at 7 p.m.! Join us for a round of friendly competition (and a round of beer) at Beards Brewery "Great Lakes Land & Water Trivia"! 

The hosts from Interlochen Public Radio Points North Podcast have a fresh batch of brain-teasers and head-scratchers to test your knowledge.

TOMORROW at 7 p.m.! Join us for a round of friendly competition (and a round of beer) at Beards Brewery "Great Lakes Land & Water Trivia"!

The hosts from Interlochen Public Radio Points North Podcast have a fresh batch of brain-teasers and head-scratchers to test your knowledge.

1. All of the Great Lakes combined contain ______ gallons of water.
A) 3 quadrillion
B) 16 million
C) 8 trillion
D) 6 quadrillion

Brush up on your great lakes land & water facts for trivia night on Tuesday, May 21 at Root Cellar at Beards Brewery with the Points North Podcast team from Interlochen Public Radio!

Win fun prizes and bragging rights (if you can beat our staff team :)

1. All of the Great Lakes combined contain ______ gallons of water.
A) 3 quadrillion
B) 16 million
C) 8 trillion
D) 6 quadrillion

Brush up on your great lakes land & water facts for trivia night on Tuesday, May 21 at Root Cellar at Beards Brewery with the Points North Podcast team from Interlochen Public Radio!

Win fun prizes and bragging rights (if you can beat our staff team 🙂

In two weeks we will unveil the new Watershed Discovery Center!

The community is invited to join us for an opening celebration on Saturday, June 1, 12 - 2 p.m. at the Watershed Council and adjacent Pennsylvania Park in partnership with Downtown Petoskey.

You'll come "face-to-fin" with our newest residents in two, 150-gallon tanks—sturgeon, whitefish, and arctic grayling—as you explore the new educational space, and enjoy hands-on activities.

Face painting
Crafts & Games
Macroinvertebrate education station
Meet BeBot the beach-cleaning robot 
& More!

The opening celebration is free and open to the public.

The Watershed Discovery Center will be open on Mondays - Fridays, 10 AM - 3 PM, and select Saturdays beginning Monday, June 3. 

Special thankyou to:
The Harris Family
Downtown Petoskey
Sally and Ian Bund
Anne Morrow and Roger Chope
Evening Star Joinery
Little Traverse Bay Bands Fisheries Enhancement Facility
Pond Hill Farm

In two weeks we will unveil the new Watershed Discovery Center!

The community is invited to join us for an opening celebration on Saturday, June 1, 12 – 2 p.m. at the Watershed Council and adjacent Pennsylvania Park in partnership with Downtown Petoskey.

You`ll come "face-to-fin" with our newest residents in two, 150-gallon tanks—sturgeon, whitefish, and arctic grayling—as you explore the new educational space, and enjoy hands-on activities.

Face painting
Crafts & Games
Macroinvertebrate education station
Meet BeBot the beach-cleaning robot
& More!

The opening celebration is free and open to the public.

The Watershed Discovery Center will be open on Mondays – Fridays, 10 AM – 3 PM, and select Saturdays beginning Monday, June 3.

Special thankyou to:
The Harris Family
Downtown Petoskey
Sally and Ian Bund
Anne Morrow and Roger Chope
Evening Star Joinery
Little Traverse Bay Bands Fisheries Enhancement Facility
Pond Hill Farm

Save the Date!
The Ruth Tucker Ayers Harris Watershed Discover Center opens Saturday, June 1 with a community celebration in partnership with Downtown Petoskey from 12 - 2 PM at the Watershed Council and adjacent Pennsylvania Park!

This fun-for-all-ages opening celebration will include a "sturgeon scavenger hunt" through downtown Petoskey's shops, games, crafts, face painting, hands-on activities, and of course—a chance to meet the new sturgeon and other native species in the new Watershed Discovery Center!

All activities are free and open to the public.
Special thank you to the Ruth Tucker Ayers Harris Family, Evening Star Joinery, The Little Traverse Bay Bands Fisheries Enhancement Facility, and our members & supporters who made it all possible.

Save the Date!
The Ruth Tucker Ayers Harris Watershed Discover Center opens Saturday, June 1 with a community celebration in partnership with Downtown Petoskey from 12 – 2 PM at the Watershed Council and adjacent Pennsylvania Park!

This fun-for-all-ages opening celebration will include a "sturgeon scavenger hunt" through downtown Petoskey`s shops, games, crafts, face painting, hands-on activities, and of course—a chance to meet the new sturgeon and other native species in the new Watershed Discovery Center!

All activities are free and open to the public.
Special thank you to the Ruth Tucker Ayers Harris Family, Evening Star Joinery, The Little Traverse Bay Bands Fisheries Enhancement Facility, and our members & supporters who made it all possible.