Northern Michigan Environment & Preservation Articles

15 Family-Friendly Activities Across Northern Michigan

For a family day out or all-ages fun with the grandparents, we've rounded up 15 of our favorite family-friendly outings across Northern Michigan,...

Lakes & Trails to Explore at Sand Lakes Quiet Area

Surround yourself with gorgeous Northern Michigan scenery while taking a peaceful hike just a short drive from Traverse City. From wildflower spring...

Meet Northern Michigan’s Conservationist, Liz Petrella McKellar

Liz Petrella McKellar is President of Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited and a true North Star. Learn more about her story plus six other incredible...

Meet the Protector of Northern Michigan, Kira Davis

Kira Davis is the Great Lakes Senior Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association and a true north star. Learn more about her story plus...

Light Up the Night with Solar-Powered Lanterns

These pretty solar-powered lanterns brighten both the dark nights of winter and countless lives around the world. Here's why this environmentally...

In Praise of Winter Walks + 6 Local Hiking Trails to Explore

When the sky darkens and wind rattles the bare branches, the best type of walking waits for us. Plus, six easy, peaceful hiking trails for Northern...

Where to Find Breathtaking Blue Ice In Northern Michigan

When freezing temps descend slow and steady on the Straits of Mackinac in winter and conditions are just right, a forest of icy blue shards sets a...

Ultimate Winter Rental Guide: Skis, Snowshoes, Snowboards & More

Explore all that winter in Northern Michigan has to offer. From cross-country skiing to snowshoeing, here are our favorite winter rental spots...


Our Natural World

In Search of Wild Orchids

The Science Behind Gull Island

A Week With Piping Plovers on North Manitou

In Search of Isle Royale Moose...And Bones

Our Environment

Liz Kirwood, Guardian of the Great Lakes

David Milarch & Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Green Elk Rapids, From Recycling to Bird Habitat

The Mysteries of the Changing Fish in the Great Lakes

Land and Farm Preservation in Northern Michigan

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Incredible 88 Projects in 6 Years

Mawby & Leelanau Conservancy Partner for Farmland Preservation

Leelanau Conservancy Cedar River Preserve Grows to 546 Acres

Northport Residents Protect Farmland

State Parks & Sleeping Bear Dunes Videos