Bear Lake Private Residence
12851 Hopkins Forest Drive
Bear Lake, 49614
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Are you interested in citizen science? Do you wish you knew more about lakes and how to protect and enhance your lakeside property?

On Saturday, June 29th, from 11am – 3pm, learn all about aquatic plants, lake ecology, shoreland stewardship, Michigan’s volunteer lake monitoring program, and much more! The event is presented by the Manistee Conservation District, in partnership with the US Forest Service, Michigan State University Extension, and the Bear Lake Watershed. Other supporters include the Bear Lake Improvement Board and the Bear Lake Property Owners’ Association. The event will be hosted by Bear Lake residents, Rich and Phyllis Russell, at their lakeshore property at 12851 Hopkins Forest Drive on the west shore of Bear Lake, 49614. Included in the event will be a light lunch and refreshments.

The workshop will feature Dr. Jo Latimore, aquatic ecologist and outreach specialist, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. Working closely with MSU Extension and Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, Dr. Latimore promotes the understanding and stewardship of aquatic resources. Her recent work has focused on community-based approaches to watershed management, natural resources leadership development, and science communication, with an emphasis on aquatic invasive species. She holds a Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife from MSU and a M.S. in biological sciences from the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Latimore will be accompanied by Erick Elgin, aquatic ecologist and water resources educator with Michigan State University Extension. Working to promote and research the wise use, protection, and restoration of our freshwater systems, Erick’s recent efforts have focused on aquatic plants, lake management, natural shorelines, and empowering citizens with the knowledge to make sound water management decisions. Erick holds an M.S. in aquatic ecology from the University of Calgary and a B.S. in natural resources management from the University of Minnesota.

This workshop is part of the Manistee Conservation District’s commitment to increasing Citizen Science initiatives and providing education and incentives to engage the local community in learning about the science of the ecosystems in which they reside. The workshop will begin with lunch and at 11:30 am and continue until 3 pm.

Please RSVP by 6/26 by calling 231-889-9666, x3 or emailing The event is free to the public. A small donation will be suggested to help cover overall costs. Please visit for additional information.