Our Michigan Educational Program takes us on a journey from seed to plate. We gather in Chicago, and quickly point our wheels to the gorgeous coastline of southwest Michigan. Here we'll explore orchards, farms and markets, learning how our "chow" goes from seed to plant to market. We'll enjoy a sunset sailing, kayaking the 35 mile Black River Watershed, biking the patchwork farmland countryside, and kick back with s'mores on the beach at sunset marveling at the western sky.
Keep scrolling to see where a sample Michigan Educational Program might take you on The Road Less Traveled.
(Costs will be commensurate with programming, the number of people in the party, and the complexity of the activities you choose please Contact us to speak to one of our Directors and learn more about how we can add a new educational perspective for your school, students and your community.)
Costs will be commensurate with programming, the number of people in the party, and the complexity of the activities you choose please Contact us to learn more about how we can add a new educational perspective for your school, students and your community.
Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.
Bite into any of southwest Michigan’s local just-picked fruits or vegetables and you’ll know why and, -never want to buy from a grocery store again. We travel through rows of neatly planted countryside and connect with a lively, new generation of local farmers determined to change food in America. We work alongside these young entrepreneurs and see how green markets bring the heart of the country to the asphalt-paved streets of cities. We educate ourselves and then follow the “chow” from planting the seeds to selling our produce at a lively local nighttime farmers market.
We make our way north to find the biggest, most beautiful berries, born this side of the Mississippi. Some think blueberries are the wonder fruit of the 20th century, offering countless health benefits from their consumption. We learn what it takes financially, physicallly, and environmentally to become a berry farmer in the 21st century in blueberry capital of the world responsible for 90% of all blueberry production. We learn about the immigrant population of this area, and the struggles and trials they face as families dependent on a seasonal farm work.
Our next service project focuses on water quality and quality of life. We begin by protecting and preserving the heritage of the Black River watershed. This stunning canoe and kayak tributary encompasses miles full of ravines, wet meadow, and dune as it travels to Lake Michigan. We work on foot and by kayak as we travel downstream to the mouth of lake assisting and surveying the river while protecting the health and scenic beauty of this fresh water source for future generations.
Each afternoon we enjoy miles of soft sandy beaches where we splash in waves, race down towering dunes, kayak and tube rivers, bike the beautiful back roads on trails and over streams, and sail the only tall ship in the Great Lakes. Our days are full, and our nights end with a traditional campfire full of stories, games, and laughter complete with s’mores under a Michigan sky heavy with stars.
Arrive in Chicago; transfer to Michigan; Orientation; prepare for the week
Black river conservation work, organic farming
Bike the Kal-Haven trail, Hike the beaches and woods of southwest Michigan, Kayak, Sail and visit the Maritime Museum and Tall Ships, exploration of orchard and immigrant life.
Final banquet; Transfer back to Chicago; homeward bound