Above: a scene from the 2016 Quiet Water Symposium
Do you find yourself longing for warmer weather so you can get out your camping, hiking, biking, sailing, fishing, or paddling gear? If so, the 22nd annual Quiet Water Symposium is the event for you. The Quiet Water Symposium will take place Saturday, March 4th 2017 at the MSU Agricultural Pavilion from 9:00-5:30.
The Quiet Water Symposium promotes all manner of non-motorized outdoor recreational activities, as well as conservation by bringing together North America’s leading outdoor writers, speakers, adventurers and enthusiasts. The Quiet Water Symposium has grown to be one of the biggest single-day events of its type in the country. The event is a true symposium, offering attendees the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas about quiet, non-invasive outdoor activities.
This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before, according to former Quiet Water Society President Russ Hicks. The event will feature 33 speakers, 222 exhibitors, five hands-on demonstrations, and door prizes.
Speaker topics range from “Packing the Perfect ‘Oh Sh!t’ Kit, a Murphy’s Law Adventure Guide” by award-winning writer and photographer John E. Van Barriger, to “Paddling through History: The Shallow Shipwrecks of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary” by maritime archaeologist Stephanie Gandulla. Concurrent speaking sessions take place throughout the event, starting at 9:30am.
“The countless exhibitors and vendors will show off sailing and paddling craft, fishing and hiking gear, where to go and what to do around the Great Lakes during day, weekend and weeklong trips, flint-knapping, canoe building and much more!” said Hicks. Half of the event floor space will be occupied by non-profit organizations including many local, statewide, and national conservation groups. Hands-on demonstrations include the art of building wooden boats from cedar strips, wooden canoe restoration and recanvassing techniques, and much more.
“Our sole purpose has been to run a show using all volunteers, that would be of benefit to not only folks who enjoy going outside but who will help take care of the Great Lakes basin and all of the watersheds that feed into our inland seas,” stated Hicks.
Ten years ago the Quiet Water Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, was born from the volunteer efforts of the Quiet Water Symposium. The mission is to educate the public and encourage participation in non-motorized outdoor recreation, promote public concern for water resources in the Great Lakes region and support environmental stewardship. Since 1996, this group of unpaid volunteers has organized and sponsored the Quiet Water Symposium as its primary tool for achieving its mission and the event serves as its primary source of revenue. Due to the success of the event the Society is able to offer grants to environmental organizations that share a similar mission.
The cost to attend the Symposium is $10.00, students with ID are $5.00 and kids twelve and under are free.
The MSU Agricultural Pavilion is located at 4301 Farm Lane, on the MSU campus.