Check here for information on local paddling events, river clean-ups, educational seminars, and other water related activities!

Grand River Experience

June 28th - September 15th, 2021

Grand River Watershed


After the COVID-19 pandemic turned life upside down last year, the Grand River Expedition 2020 committee had to regroup and do something completely different. We have developed the Grand River Experience (GREx) as a new approach to a traditional event that will allow us to stay nimble and adapt as regulations change.

GREx is a self-guided event. We will provide information and resources for you to plan your own activities on, alongside, or near the river, and share your experiences online. GREx will follow the latest recommendations at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus/MI Safe Start/Public Guidance and the GREx Safety Guidelines. Municipalities and nonprofit organizations may organize events and activities that fit these guidelines.
You can:

  • Paddle! We'll post maps and access info for the best day trips the Grand River has to offer

  • Walk

  • Run

  • Ride your bike

  • Go birdwatching

  • Go fishing

  • Organize or participate in a river cleanup - or simply bring a trash bag next time you visit the river

  • Take photos or video

  • Write and reflect

  • Anything on, alongside, or near the river that counts as experiencing the Grand


The traditional Expedition with camping and large gatherings requires about two years of advance planning. With health regulations in Michigan changing constantly, the usual Expedition was impossible to plan, even if things opened up enough by summer to allow it.


We hope you'll participate in GREx and help us introduce the river to more people, some of whom don't paddle or even get outdoors as much as they would like. We want to communicate to a broader audience how much we love the river and show them that it's easy and fun to experience it in smaller bites.


Please fill out our GREx contact form (if you haven't already). Watch for updates via email. The first set of online resources will go live on June 28, 2021, with more information added throughout the summer. GREx will wrap up on September 15.

Stay safe and healthy! We hope to see you on the Grand River.


-- The Grand River Experience organizers

Eaton County Conservation District Open House

Wednesday July 7th, 2021


Eaton County Museum at Courthouse Square

Please join ECD on July 7th for ECD’s 75th Anniversary open house at Eaton County’s Museum at Court House Square, Charlotte. The historical slides, pictures and program history will be on display along with snacks and programing.

Coffee & Cleanup

Saturday August 21st, 2021

10:00am - 12:00pm

Fulton Park

Join the Lansing Earth Project and the Friends of the Lansing Regional Trails for a Coffee & Clean Up at Fulton Park! They'll supply the trash grabbers, bags, gloves, and coffee. You just have to bring a friend or two!

10 Week Virtual Michigan Conservation Stewards Program

Wednesdays, September 8th-November 10th, 2021

6:00pm -8:00pm



Interested in joining a local cohort to learn about the foundations of Michigan conservation, the state’s diverse terrestrial, wetland and aquatic ecosystems and natural communities, and how you can apply this knowledge at the local community conservation level? Instructors include both experts from Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Natural Features Inventory as well as diverse local conservation partners from the Capital Area and Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw Counties. This virtual format combines weekly live instruction and online learning with locally focused and self-led field activities and a capstone project.

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants/location. For complete program details visit the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program website.

Coffee & Cleanup

Saturday September 18th, 2021

10:00am - 12:00pm

Scott Woods Park

Join the Lansing Earth Project and the Friends of the Lansing Regional Trails for a Coffee & Clean Up at Scott Woods Park! They'll supply the trash grabbers, bags, gloves, and coffee. You just have to bring a friend or two!

Regional Electronics Recycling Day

Saturday September 18th, 2021

9:00am - 2:00pm

Chippewa Middle School, 4000 Okemos Road, Okemos

Come recycle your TVs, computer monitors, printers, cords, cables, phones, VCRs, sterero equipment, typewriters, and more!