MARQUETTE – The seventh annual Celebrate the UP! will be held March 13-15 in Marquette. The public is invited to a wide range of presentations about the UP’s environment, culture, and history on Friday evening and all day Saturday at the Landmark Inn, Peter White Public Library, the Federated Women’s Clubhouse, and the First United Methodist Church (the corners of Front and Ridge Streets). Sunday will be devoted to snowshoeing, socializing, and savoring this beautiful region. The events are free, although donations are appreciated.
John Davis, co-founder and Wildways advocate for Wildlands Network, will kick off Celebrate on Friday evening at 7 p.m. with his vision for “Continental Wildways: Reconnecting Natural Habitats for Wide-Ranging Species, Hikers, and Paddlers.” Davis will challenge us to view the UP as an essential part of a larger east-west northern forest wildway characterized by a bio-diverse and healthy ecosystem.
On Saturday, 16 speakers will give a series of presentations between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on topics such as art, poetry, UP dialects, northern lights, loons, wilderness survival, and a birch basket weaving workshop. From 3 to 4:45 p.m., a panel discussion on “Predators and Ecosystems: The Connections” will take place in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church. The panel will feature wildlife biologists, a forest ecologist, and predator advocates. A public reception will immediately follow at the Federated Women’s Clubhouse.
The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) sponsors Celebrate the UP!. This year the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy (UPLC) has partnered with UPEC to include the “Over the River and Through the Woods” 5k Snowshoe Race/Trek. This event is Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., followed by a supper at the Ore Dock for participants. For more information, visit upenvironment.org and uplandconservancy.org. For Sunday’s events, please register at uplandconservancy.org.
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