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September 2018

David Kapszukiewicz Artist-in-Resident Demonstration

September 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Free

David Kapszukiewicz from Tomahawk, Wisconsin will demonstrate his oil painting techniques at the Lake of the Clouds Overlook 3:00 – 6:00 pm weather permitting. Alternative rain date will be September 23rd.

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October 2018

Erin Duff Watercolor & Oil Painting Artist-in-Resident Demonstration

October 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Lake of the Clouds Overlook
FREE

Erin Duff from Bloomington,Indiana will demonstrate watercolor painting at the Lake of the Clouds Overlook on Saturday October 6.  Erin will be demonstrating from 2PM until about 4PM. In case of rain look for Erin on Sunday at the same time rather than on Saturday.

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2018 Ski Trail Workday

October 13, 2018 @ 8:30 am EDT
Porcupine Mountains Winter Sports Complex
Free

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. The Conserve School is sending a crew of 10 to help move the branches and limbs from the trails. We will be checking to see if local youth want to volunteer also. What we really need are 4-6 sawyers who can cut…

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Create a Cutting Board – Folk School

October 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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$55

The date and time shown are for Day 1 of the 3 day class. Day 2 meets on October 27 from 10:00 a.m.--noon. Day 3 meets on October 28 from noon--2 o'clock. Please note the information for all 3 days on your calendar. Master Woodworker Dave Rasmussen will guide you as you select your wood and glue it for finishing into a straight stick cutting board on Friday. Sand and router your cutting board and finish the straight stick design…

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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

Leopold Bench Building Day

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Union Bay Campground, 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy
Ontonagon, MI 49953 United States
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Explore the Porkies this summer. Rest on a Leopold bench! The Leopold Bench Project is part of the FOP Interpretation and Education program and coordinates activities by Dave Rasmussen, Instructor, Sherrie McFarland, Conserve School, a semester school in Land 'o Lakes, WI, and Mike Knack from the PMWSP.  On May 11, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., students from Conserve School and Dave will meet at the Old Carpenter Shop/Folk School to construct 5 Leopold benches for placement in campgrounds and…

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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, click…

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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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