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September 2019

Accepting 2020 Education Mini-Grants Applications

September 2 - December 31
Porcupine Mountains State Park Visitor Center, 33303 Headquarters Road
Silver City, 49953
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This application cycle covers mini-grants for the period of January 1 - December 15, 2020. 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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Discover Silver Metal Clay

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Folk School Building, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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$65

Registration has closed because of maximum enrollment. Check back next year.   Discover a new art medium, metal clay, a product made from recycled copper, silver or gold reclaimed from film, dental work or computer boards. Follow directions from instructor Kristy Walden to mold a sample of silver metal clay, texture it, shape it, and fire it just as you would ceramic clay. After firing, the material that resembles and works like ceramic clay, is transformed into pure silver metal.…

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October 2019

Wisdom to Survive: a Conservation Film

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Porcupine Mountains State Park Visitor Center, 33303 Headquarters Road
Silver City, 49953
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Wisdom to Survive examines the challenges that climate change poses and discusses meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities. An exquisitely-filmed documentary that presents an overview of the climate crisis, including its causes, effects, and directions of hope. Poignant scenes illustrate the sacred beauty of the natural world, the tragedy of its diminishment, and our human interconnectedness with the rest of creation. Indigenous leaders, people from poor and vulnerable nations, scientists, scholars, religious leaders, activists, farmers, and…

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3rd Annual Volunteer Ski Trail and “the Glades” Clearing Day

October 12 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Porcupine Mountains Winter Sports Complex

Do you enjoy working outside in a beautiful fall setting? You are in luck because the friends needs volunteers to help with the fall clearing and brushing of the ski trails and the glades on the ski hill. We are enlisting the help of youth groups to help move the branches and limbs from the trails. What we really need are 4-6 sawyers who can cut larger trees and windfalls or other adults who want to help clear the trails.…

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Weaving Traditional Snowshoes

October 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Folk School Building, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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$136

Just in time for winter! Weave a pair of Iverson Green Mountain Style snowshoes. Jim Baker of Iverson snowshoes will provide patterns, on-site instruction and all materials for the frames and webbing. He will have A bindings and H bindings available for purchase by students. See Iversonsnowshoes.com for details about the bindings. A minimum of 5 students need to be registered by Saturday, October 5 in order to hold the class. Maximum of 10 students.  To register for this class,…

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Alex Gilford: Connections between Painting and Emotion Workshop

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Folk School Building, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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As you paint, do your emotions guide your color choices? Most definitely yes! Our fourth 2019 Artist in Residence, Alex Gilford, will help you discover the connection in this workshop.  

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Create a Cutting Board: Day 1 of 3

October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Folk School Building, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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$58

This has been a very popular class. Design and make your own wood cutting or serving board using either a straight stick (2 class periods) or a chevron (3 class periods) design. Instructor Dave Rasmussen will teach you how to use to several woodworking skills that you will use to create an amazing, beautiful, show-stopping cutting board. Day 1: select and glue the wood strips for your cutting board. One class fee covers all sessions. Students age 14 and older with…

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Create a Cutting Board: Day 2 of 3

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Folk School Building, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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This has been a very popular class. Design and make your own wood cutting or serving board using either a straight stick (2 class periods) or a chevron (3 class periods) design. Instructor Dave Rasmussen will teach you how to use to several woodworking skills that you will use to create an amazing, beautiful, show-stopping cutting board. Day 2: finish your straight strip board or use it to set up your chevron board. See Day 1 for the class fee.…

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Create a Cutting Board: Day 3 of 3

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Folk School Building, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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This has been a very popular class. Design and make your own chevron wood cutting or serving board using your straight stick (2 class periods) design. Instructor Dave Rasmussen will teach you how to use to several woodworking skills that you will use to create an amazing, beautiful, show-stopping cutting board. See Day 1 for the class fee. One class fee covers all sessions. Students age 14 and older with basic woodworking skills are welcome. Please bring routers and palm…

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