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Sat, Jun 22


Bear River Shelter

Clean Waters Challenge: Healing the Bear, Bear River Cleanup

Join the fun and help us “heal the bear.”

Clean Waters Challenge: Healing the Bear, Bear River Cleanup
Clean Waters Challenge: Healing the Bear, Bear River Cleanup

Time & Location

Jun 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Bear River Shelter, 302 Ione St, Petoskey, MI 49770, USA

About the Event

The Clean Waters Challenge: Healing the Bear Bear River Cleanup will take place along the Bear River in Emmet and Charlevoix counties on June 22. The Bear River is a tributary of Little Traverse Bay and stretches 15 miles from its headwaters in Walloon village to its mouth at the Petoskey waterfront. On any given day, canoers, kayakers, hikers, and fishermen enjoy the beauty of this fast-paced river. It is the goal of the cleanup to maintain the ecological and aesthetic integrity of the Bear River by involving the community in keeping it clean and healthy. All dead and downed woody debris will be left in its place, and trash and recyclables will be removed by the volunteers. The recyclables are then sorted out during the cleanup and taken to the Emmet County Transfer Station for proper disposal. These recyclables include any electronics, appliances, tin, cardboard, glass, paper, plastic, scrap metal, tires, wood and other products that are in good enough condition to be recycled. All other items will be properly disposed of to keep them out of our waters.

All ages are welcome, but youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Join the fun and help us “heal the bear.”

9 – 9:30 a.m. Registration (breakfast items provided by Grain Train Natural Foods Market) 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.)

Volunteers can enter to win great prizes from Bearcub Outfitters!

Volunteers can register as a group or individually. Individual volunteers will be teamed up in groups of 4 or more and assigned to a section of the Bear River. Maps, directions, and collection sites will be handed out at registration. If you are registering as a group, please indicate your group name(s) on the registration form so we can keep your team together.

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