Camps & Services Projects
How does Camps & Services make a difference in our region?
By bringing all ages together for fun and education. We facilitate events for leaders to collaborate and help put worms on hooks.
Kids Free Fishing Day: An annual family fun event where children and their families can fish for free on Northwestern Michigan College’s campus. Project partners include: DNR, NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and Great Lakes Children’s Museum. See photos from the 2013 Kids Free Fishing Day here.
Freshwater Roundtable: The Freshwater Roundtable was established in 2008, when Executive Directors of water-related nonprofits and agencies determined there was a need for more systematic networking and sharing. One major achievement is the annual Freshwater Summit,which takes place in the fall and features timely topics for the community and practitioners.
Work Bees: Rotarians from all three Traverse City Rotary Clubs participate in Work Bees throughout the year. These volunteers work to build trails and improve stream habitats at our properties and in the watershed. These activies are often done in partnership with the Grand Traverse Conservation District. See photos of Work Bees here.
Adopt-A-Stream: A team of Rotarians survey macroinvertebrates in two locations at Kids Creek twice per year. The team collects insects then identifies and counts them to determine the relative health of the creek. This activity is in partnership with the Watershed Center ~ Grand Traverse Bay.
Camp Convenings: Since 2008, twice per year Rotary Camps & Services offers a convening for the over 20 regional camps in our five-county region. These convenings have resulted in a stronger network of camps by: sharing of resources and training; providing updates to new regulations and building relationships with regulators; and encouraging participation in a new central website for recreation opportunities: www.gtrec.org.
Encourage Leadership in Natural Resources: Building capacity in our natural resource leaders is important. The Water Committee recognizes this and provides an annual scholarship for leadership training.