August Lakeshore Weekend Retreat

Join us August 25th-27th, 2017 as we celebrate Sierra Club Michigan Chapter’s 50th anniversary. Enjoy a fun filled weekend at one of Michigan’s most biodiverse and unique destinations, historic Camp Miniwanca (Facebook page).

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan just north of Muskegon and nestled among 360 wooded acres with a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Camp Miniwanca lets you choose your own adventure -tent camping, rustic log cabins among the pines or rooms a few steps away from the beach. Spend time outdoors walking the beach, swimming, bird watching or hiking. Attend workshops to learn about conservation issues and ways you can take action to improve the world around you. Stop by the crafting house and build a bird house or polish a Petoskey stone.

Other activities include:

  • Yoga
  • Tubing
  • Kayaking
  • Crafts
  • Star Gazing
  • High Ropes Course
  • Animal Identification*
  • Campfire Smores
  • Storytelling at the Council Circle
  • Music

We will feature speakers with messages about beautiful, natural places and how people came to want to protect the planet. We hope you and your family will not only explore and enjoy nature but become passionate about protecting it as well.

Our famous auction has become one of the retreats most highly anticipated events. It also helps offset the cost of the retreat. Please consider bringing an item to donate to the cause. Popular auction items include, but are not limited to, camping gear, nature related items, gardening books or tools, baked goods, organic veggies, crafts/ art supplies, Michigan products, handmade and vintage jewelry, beverages for those with discriminating taste, art, birding books or equipment, photography, cook books, music, movies, pet supplies.

NOTE: There will be a special auction area for kids so this is the perfect time to go through their rooms or make creative crafts to bring to the retreat.

The fee for the retreat covers 2 nights lodging, 5 meals starting on Saturday morning through lunch on Sunday, activities and speakers. Please check our website periodically for more information about the retreat. You can download an early draft of the schedule of planned activities. Please understand this is an early draft, and may change, but it will still give you a good sense of what to expect.

You can contact Cecilia Garcia with questions at 517-484-2372 or

Whether you have been to the retreat several times or if this is your first time, we look forward to camping with you! See you in August!


Author: Art Myatt

Retired engineer and environmentally aware activist with Green Party of Michigan, Sierra Club and Alliance to Halt Fermi 3.

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