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November 2018

Accepting 2019 Education Mini-Grants Applications – Extended Until Full

November 7, 2018 - February 15, 2019

This application cycle covers mini-grants for the period of January 1 - December 15, 2019. The Porkies provide a wonderful outdoor classroom and the Friends helps educators and students get into the woods. Our most important vehicle for promoting classroom visits to the park is the Mini-Grants Program. Annually, educators request funds to help pay for transportation to the park and materials for their activities facilitated by the park naturalist. Go to the Mini-Grant page to see the FAQs and…

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Applications for 2019 Artist-in-Residence Accepted Through February 15, 2019

November 7, 2018 - February 15, 2019

Artist-in-Residence Program The Artist-in-Residence program at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is open to artists and artisans whose work can be influenced by this unique northern wilderness setting. It offers writers, composers and all visual and performing artists and artisans the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Porkies and express it through their particular art form. Each year, a number of artists will be selected for residencies lasting two or three weeks. Each artist will contribute an original…

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January 2019

January Quarters for a Cause

January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Bruce Crossing, MI

Where? Twilly's Sports Bar and Grill, Bruce Crossing, MI When? Monday, January 28, 2019 Time? Doors open for vendor set-up and previewing at 4:00 p.m. Auction starts at 6:00. All times Eastern Standard Time. Who? Friends of the Porkies supporting area schools, 4-H, Communities that Care Help the Friends of the Porkies help area youth learn about the amazing natural world that is just outside their doors. Classroom learning will connect with hands-on experiences as kids plant Pollinators Gardens and…

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May 2019

Create Your Own West Greenland Paddle: Day 1 of 2

May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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$75

Design and construct a traditional Inuit kayak paddle that you custom tailored for your body size. Using this lightweight, efficient paddle helps reduce paddling fatigue.  Day 1 of 2 is the Design phase of the class. For day 2, click on "Create Your Own West Greenland Paddle Day 2 of 2" A minimum of 4 students need to be registered by Friday, May 10 in order to hold the class. Maximum of 8 students.  To register for this class or…

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Create Your Own West Greenland Paddle: Day 2 of 2

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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Design and construct a traditional Inuit kayak paddle that you custom tailored for your body size. Using this lightweight, efficient paddle helps reduce paddling fatigue.  Day 2 of 2 is the Construction phase of the class. See Day 1 for the class fee. The class fee covers both days of this class. A minimum of 4 students need to be registered by Friday, May 10 in order to hold the class. Maximum of 8 students.  To register for this class…

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June 2019

Beauty in Fused Glass

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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$46

Use an ancient glassworking technique to create jewelry components and/or a suncatcher. You will learn the technique from instructor Beth Cox who will fuse the pieces off site and return them to you. Ages 12 through adult are welcome; no glassworking experience is needed. Please bring a lunch if you are also attending Mollie Larsen's copper bracelet class. A minimum of 4 students need to be registered by Monday, June 10 in order to hold the class. Maximum of 15…

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Hand Forging Copper Bracelets

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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$36

Forge your copper bracelets in an open fire and pound them into shape using a stone "hammer." Gather with instructor Mollie Larsen around an open fire as you learn a forging technique that's as old as history. Each bracelet is a unique piece of art. Ages 16 and up are welcome; no experience is needed. A minimum of 2 students need to be registered by Monday, June 10 in order to hold the class. Maximum of 8 students.  To register…

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Campers’ Memories at Solstice

June 21 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
$23

Preserve your memories of spending the summer solstice at The Lake, in the natural beauty of the Porkies by dropping in to a writing workshop. Instructor Marlene Broemer will offer tips for getting your writer's juices flowing and recording a piece you will treasure for years to come. Drop ins are welcome, or register to take the class. If you are interested in nature and writing, this class is made for you! Bring writing materials. Light snacks and beverages will…

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MiniLoom Weaving

June 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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$35

Weave your own one-of-a-kind piece of art. Instructor Jeni Varecha will introduce you to using the mini-loom. You will take home a mini-masterpiece embellished with bead decorations of your choice. Use your piece as a broach, ornament, pendant, or something to fill that "small" space that needs something. Jeni will provide the mini-looms and the beads. Ages 5 and older are welcome. Please bring a lunch. A minimum of 5 students need to be registered by Saturday, June 15 in order…

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Acrylic Pour Painting in the Porkies

June 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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$40

What an innovative way to create a work of art! Instructor Pamela Hecht will assist you as you go step by step, using the fluidity of paint itself instead of tools. Pour the paint directly on the surface, and tilt the canvas to move the paint around. Colors blend naturally as they contact one another. Use 1 or 2 colors at a time or use multiple colors for maximum blending. Paintings need to lie flat as they dry. You will…

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