Events and Workshops

Missaukee County Recycling Center


  • 6240 W. Sanborn Road, Lake City. Saturday 9 am to 1 pm and Wednesday, 9 am to 3 pm. Open to all, regardless of living location. #1-#5 and #7 plastics, cardboard, office paper, shredded paper, newspaper, boxboard, glass jars, cardboard egg cartons, metals. Call 231.839.7193 for more information. Follow us on Facebook.


Creating a Natural Shoreline with Native Plants


  • Saturday May 1, 9 am to 10:30 am, Missaukee County Road Commission, 1199 N. Morey Road, Lake City during Seedling Sale.

  • Free to Missaukee County landowners due to a generous donation, $15 non-landowners. RSVP by April 23 to 231.839.7193 or register here.



How to Grow Mushrooms in Your Backyard Garden 

  • Do you have a garden or a little space in your yard? You can grow mushrooms alongside your plants! In this workshop Jim Moses & Linda Grigg will help you learn how to make outdoor mushroom beds and produce delicious edible mushrooms. Learn how to grow Wine Cap, Almond Agaric and Morel mushrooms.

  • Saturday May 1, 11 am to 12:30 pm. Missaukee County Road Commission, 1199 N. Morey Road, Lake City during Seedling Sale.

  • $35 per person. RSVP by April 23.

Leopold Education Workshop

  • Monday, June 14, 9 am to 12 pm, Missaukee Conservation District Outdoor Classroom, 6180 W. Sanborn Road, Lake City. A second session taking place 1 pm to 4 pm has been added.

  • Learn how to connect students to nature using Aldo Leopold's land ethics and his writings in A Sand County Almanac with this interactive, hands-on workshop.

  • Open to teachers, environmental educators, home school parents, scout leaders, and anyone else interested in conservation.

  • Workshop is FREE and curriculum can be purchased for $20 (includes A Sand County Almanac, Curriculum Guide, & Exploration Cards). Workshop must be registered for separate from purchase of curriculum.

  • Registration by May 1, 2021 is required. Limit of 15 attendees. Please register by clicking on Leopold Education Project Registration or by calling 231.839.7193.

  • Workshop will be facilitated by: Gail Luera University of Michigan-Dearborn & Rachel Apgar University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Stump Tales


  • Thursday, May 13, 10 to 11:30 am, gathering at Cedar Creek Township Hall, 2530 N. 41 1/2 Road, Manton.


  • Demonstration of 100 years of soil erosion and conservation. This walking tour is primarily for natural resource professionals and educators. We will visit this unique site that has preserved evidence of a loss of two feet of topsoil from under tree stumps 120 years ago due to wind erosion that are still visible today. We will see what conservation measures were done 50 years ago along with a discussion of past conservation concerns and how to rehabilitate soil from the destructive past. US Forest Service Soil Scientist as well as NRCS District Conservationist will contribute to this workshop. RSVP by May 7 to Forester Larry Czelusta at larry.czelusta@ or 231.775.7681 ext. 3.


Spring Stream Monitoring


  • Friday May 14, 9 am to 4 pm, Missaukee Conservation District Community Room, 6180 W. Sanborn Road, Lake City. Spend a day on the river & help collect aquatic insects & determine the health of Missaukee County rivers. Equipment, training, & lunch provided. RSVP by May 7 to 231.839.7193 or


Native Wildflower Plant Kit Orders Due

  • May 28, visit our Store page or mail in order form from the tree sale catalog.

Marine Shrink Wrap Recycling 




Native Wildflower Plant Kit Pick-Up

  • Friday June 4, 1 pm to 6 pm, Missaukee Conservation District Community Room, 6180 W. Sanborn Road, Lake City. All kits must be pre-ordered. Quarts will be available for purchase at pick-up.


Managing for Diversity in your Northern Hardwood Forest


  • Thursday, June 10, 10 am in the South Boardman area.

  • The northern hardwood forest has lost its American Elm, White Ash, and is presently losing American Beech. Many see Paper Birch, Black Cherries and Red Oak dying. What is happening to our forests and what can we do to help this valuable part of our natural surroundings. This field workshop will discuss what is causing these changes, and ways to help this forest, including what and where to plant various tree seedlings. RSVP by June 4 to Larry Czelusta at or 231.775.7681 ext. 3.


Household Hazardous Waste and Tire Collection


  • Saturday June 12, 9 am to 1 pm, Missaukee County Recycling Center and Road Commission. Household hazardous waste, tires, mattresses ($20 each) and on site confidential paper shredding. Call Missaukee Conservation District, 231.839.7193 for additional information or follow us on Facebook. Maximum of 10 tires; additional tires are $3 each. Maximum size 4' x 12".


Lake City Walking Tour to Discuss Tree Health in a Residential Environment


  • Tuesday, June 15th, 10 am meeting at Missaukee County Courthouse parking lot.

  • This will be a walkthrough the City of Lake City to see how trees that enhance our homes and outdoor spaces need to be planted and cared for correctly. If you are thinking about planting trees near your living space, learn about what trees would be best for your particular environment. How to reduce summer stress on yard trees and choosing trees that will nourish the pollinators that help our gardens flourish. This workshop will also cover proper mulching, fertilization, pruning, trimming, as well as tree pests that you may need to be concerned about. This walk will take no more than two hours. RSVP by June 11 to 231.839.7193 or


Hardwood Marking for Landowners


  • Saturday, September 25, 9 am to 1 pm; site will be at Misty Acres in Mainistee County (exact directions will be given to registrants).

  • This hands-on, outdoor workshop is designed for landowners of small woodlots of northern hardwoods It will instruct how to selectively mark their own hardwoods for a harvest. The goal is to teach how to select trees to remove with an emphasis to improve the quality of the remaining stand; to thin the stand to improve growth and still maintain diversity and good minimum density. Other topics will include how to retain and manage important wildlife habitat components such as rare and sensitive habitats and species, mast trees, cavity trees, and coarse woody debris.  Density measuring devices will be given to workshop registrants. This workshop will only teach tree selection and will not teach volume estimation and appraisal. Preregistration is required. Snack and lunch will be provided according to COVID precautions. Bringing a clipboard is recommended. RSVP  by September 16 to Forester Larry Czelusta at or 231.775.7681 ext. 3. Cost is $30 per person.


6180 West Sanborn Road

Lake City, MI 49651

t: 231.839.7193

f: 231.839.5411


Monday through Friday

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Closed Federal Holidays

All programs are offered on a non-discriminatory basis.


6240 W. Sanborn Road

Lake City, MI 49651


Wednesday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm   ​​Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Memorial Day thru Labor Day

Tuesday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm