UPCOMING EVENTS

TIMES ARE EASTERN TIME ZONE.  All updates, weather cancellations will be on the facebook page.


ECHO LAKE HOLY HIKE

SAT. MAY 22 / 2PM / IN PERSON

Our Holy Hike for May, before the mosquitos arrive is Echo Lake!  Located just a few miles outside of Marquette, Echo Lake Nature Preserve includes high bluffs of exposed granite bedrock, a mixed deciduous and conifer forest, wetlands, creeks, three high rock ponds and Echo Lake itself. Harlow Creek flows from its headwaters at Echo Lake, takes in water from Harlow Lake and empties into Lake Superior. Echo Lake is accessible by car but we will meet at Eagles Nest Rd parking lot off Hwy 550. For more information and to reserve your spot please email lanni@upwild.org.


ROCK PAINTING ACTIVITY

SAT. MAY 29 / 2PM / IN PERSON

Express your creativity at our Rock Painting activity on the shores of Lake Superior. What better location then where many "paint the rocks" in the water. All ages and stages are welcome. We will provide some rocks and paint but we encourage you to BYOB: Bring your own brush and/or other materials for the more crafty artist. Our rocks can be put in our gardens, along our own nature paths and our U.P. Wild crew will be making some to put in public spaces. Petroglyphs, Pictographs, and Rock Art is the most ancient form of expression long before writing. We will share some stories of thousand year old Native American pictographs that can be still seen across Lake Superior.TO RSVP: email lanni@upwild.org.
Donations $5-10 are appreciated to cover material costs.

TYOGA TRAIL WILD WALK

SAT. JUNE 19 / 2:00PM / IN PERSON

The Tyoga Historical Pathway located in Deerton, MI is a remote 1.4-mile loop trail deep in the woods of northern Michigan.  The loop takes you around the remains of an old logging town, where workers from the Tyoga Lumber Company lived between 1905 and 1907. Interpretive signs with photographs relate some colorful and personal tales of the people who once lived here. Three million board feet of timber had been cut and sawmill and town were set up to process the lumber. We will reflect on our stewardship of trees, how they communicate, and our relationship with our bioregion. Mosquito net suits are highly recommended. RSVP for directions/info email lanni@upwild.org.

KIDS FORAGING ADVENTURE

SAT. JULY 17 / 10:30AM / IN PERSON

We will guide our little ones on a mini foraging adventure looking for 3-4 different plants that are native to our area and edible/medicinal.  Kids will be given a little adventurer booklet to identify plants and mark which ones they find.  We will be guided by a mother of 3 who is excited to share with others her love of and wonder for the plants we often overlook in our own backyard.  How is the mystery of God in the seeds that take no effort to cultivate by human hands?  Which Saints also loved our little finds?  Donations of $10 appreciated to cover costs.  Email lanni@upwild.org to register. Gathering @ Lakenenland.

 

PRAYER 'SIT IN' @ BIG LAKE

THRS. JULY 22 / 8PM / IN PERSON + LIVE FB

We are organizing groups of people interested in mobile prayer stations that will go out to places in need of prayer or healing. This month's location will be Little Presque Isle and our prayer focus will be the prophetic call to protect the systems of LIFE including water and our Great Lakes Watershed from shoreline industrialization.

We will each be given a candle, reflection will be read and silence to sit/meditate by the lake for the transformation of hearts. Make sure to wear long sleeve/pants in anticipation of the black flies.  Little Presque Isle Recreation Area is the 2nd signage/turnoff from Hwy 550 (not Wetmore Landing).  We will also be broadcasting live on FB.  If you'd like to be included in this monthly group please contact us. Rain or shine- no cancellations we will still meet.

 

NATURE PRAYER SERVICE

SUN. JULY 25 / 4PM/ IN PERSON

Our nature prayer services take place EVERY LAST Sunday of each month beginning in July and are always located at Presque Isle Gazebo (see photo above).  Easy to access with bathrooms available.  We gather for an opening reflection on a revolving topic, a couple poems are read by our members, we offer prayers collectively, allow for solo time to explore nature and end in community discussion/tea. All are welcome including children.  July's topic is "Why does Wild matter?" To reduce single use products, please BYOM Bring your Own Mug!

NATURE PRAYER SERVICE

SUN. AUGUST 8 / 4PM CST / IN PERSON: RAPID RIVER

We will be offering our first Nature Prayer Service outside of Marquette County - in the Rapid River/Gladstone/Escanaba area. Masonville Township Recreational Area, Cole Street - Rapid River, MI- 4PM CENTRAL. We gather for an opening reflection on a revolving topic, a couple poems are read by our members, we offer prayers collectively, allow for solo time for directed exploration in nature and end in community discussion/tea. All are welcome including children. Usually lasts 45 minutes. Bring your own mug.

LAKE LEVASSEUR HIKE

SAT. AUGUST 21 / 1:30PM / IN PERSON

We will traverse into a place that is sought out for its seclusion and wildlife.  Our wilderness reflection will be on the importance of refuges + sanctuaries.  Join us for our wilderness walk- all are welcome!  For directions on where to meet please email lanni@upwild.org


KIDS PLANNING

AUGUST PLANNING SESSION

If you or someone you know is interested in programming for youth and families we will be planning a monthly reoccuring gathering.  We always gather outdoors and find creative ways to teach our children about developing a spiritual connection with a loving God through fun yet deeply meaningful mini adventures.  Email lanni@upwild.org to be added to this specific list serve.

NATURE PRAYER SERVICE

SUN. AUGUST 29 / 4PM/ IN PERSON

Our nature prayer services take place EVERY LAST Sunday of each month and are always located at Presque Isle.  Easy to access with bathrooms available.  We gather for an opening reflection on a revolving topic, a couple poems are read by our members, we offer prayers collectively, allow for solo time to explore nature and end in community discussion. All are welcome including children.

THIS MONTH WE WILL HAVE A MINI POTLUCK AFTERWARDS.  Please bring a vegan dish to share and your own plates/utensils.

THEN, WE WILL HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER AT NMU'S HOOP HOUSE starting at 6pm.

 

PARK CEMETERY STROLL

SEPTEMBER DATE & TIME TBA/ IN PERSON

Back by popular request, we will take a stroll in historic Park Cemetery in downtown Marquette.  Mixing in bits of history with prayers for our ancestors, this popular offering is accessible to all a most enjoyable time. More details to follow.

 

LOST CITY WALK

SEPTEMBER DATE & TIME TBA/ IN PERSON

We will take a walk through the ghost town streets of Old City Negaunee.  We will learn some mining history, pray by the mouth of the cave, and allow time for collective prayer and reflection. Spots usually fill quickly for this walk, more details to follow.

KIDS ART PROJECT

SEPTEMBER DATE & TIME TBA/ IN PERSON

Our kid's activity for September will be making crosses to put up along some streets in the Upper Peninsula- in remembrance of the lost creatures and those animal friends that have gone exctinct in 2021. In remembering, we will also focus on the hope in our ability to save those on the critically endangered list.

 

NATURE PRAYER SERVICE

SUN. SEPT. 26 / TIME TBA/ IN PERSON

Our nature prayer services take place EVERY LAST Sunday of each month beginning in July and are always located at Presque Isle.  Easy to access with bathrooms available.  We gather for an opening reflection on a revolving topic, a couple poems are read by our members, we offer prayers collectively, allow for solo time to explore nature and end in community discussion/snacks. All are welcome including children.

 

FALL COLORS HIKE

OCTOBER DATE & TIME TBA/ IN PERSON

Taking in the full beauty of the changing colors, we usually choose an off the beaten path (away from tourists) location and as we usually discourage bringing phones/cameras with us, this is definitely one of the exceptions.

BLESSING THE MONARCH

OCTOBER DATE & TIME TBA/ IN PERSON

Every year, the monarch butterflies make their long pilgrimage south and the Garden Peninsula is one of their sites. We will gather there to offer them a safe passage with blessings and prayers.

 

HOW TO SAVE SEEDS

OCTOBER DATE & TIME TBA/ IN PERSON

 Saving for the Practical Gardener: Seed saving helps gardeners have access to the seeds they want to plant and grow – and this practice is an opportunity to delve deeper into the world of plants. In this virtual session, learn how to “read” your garden for seed saving, decide which kinds of seeds you’d like to save, and practice processing seeds for storage with a hands-on activity kit. We’ll also have time for Q&A on gardening and seed saving with seed savers from Queen City Seed Library. Abbey Palmer, Community Food Systems Educator from MSU Extension will facilitate.

 

NATURE PRAYER SERVICE

SUN. OCT 31 / TIME TBA/ IN PERSON

Our nature prayer services take place EVERY LAST Sunday of each month beginning in July and are always located at Presque Isle.  Easy to access with bathrooms available.  We gather for an opening reflection on a revolving topic, a couple poems are read by our members, we offer prayers collectively, allow for solo time to explore nature and end in community discussion/snacks.  THIS WILL BE a very special Hallow's Eve edition with Saints Lighting the Way - children can dress up as their favorite Saint and vegan healthy snacks for treats.



NATURE PRAYER SERVICES

A TIME TO BE...

TOGETHER IN COMMUNITY


WANT TO BE MORE INVOLVED?

Wild Church is evolving out of a need originally expressed by many young adults in the MQT area and is now clear all ages are wanting to be involved.  The desire to experience an aunthentic Christian community outside the walls of church and open to all.


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