Quiet Water Symposium Returns to East Lansing

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Monday, February 25, 2019, 8:17 am
Paige Filice

Handmade wooden boats are among many things to see and do at the Quiet Water Symposium/Quiet Water Society.

The 24th annual Quiet Water Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 2 at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. Over 200 exhibitors, speakers and hands-on demonstrations promoting non-motorized outdoor recreation and conservation will be at the event.

The symposium has grown into one of the biggest single-day events of its kind in the country, bringing together North America’s leading outdoor writers, speakers, adventurers and enthusiasts, and typically attracting over 2,500 attendees. It’s considered by many to be an ideal place for beginning and expert campers, hikers, cyclists, sailors, anglers, and paddle sport enthusiasts to gather ideas for their next adventure.

Everything from outdoor clubs and environmental protection organizations, to boat-builders and outfitters will be on-hand to answer questions about “how to”, “where to” and “why to” get outdoors through non-motorized outdoor recreational activities.

Speakers at this year’s event include distinguished travel writer Jim DuFresne, the author of two Lonely Planet books and numerous others focused on backpacking and traveling in Michigan. Also speaking is Cliff Jacobson, one of North America's most respected outdoors writers and wilderness canoe guides. Concurrent speaking sessions take place throughout the day starting at 9:30 AM.

The symposium is hosted by The Quiet Water Society, a non-profit, charitable corporation whose 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 has organized and sponsored the Quiet Water Symposium as its primary tool for achieving its mission.

Admission to the symposium is $15 for adults and $5 for students with a valid student ID. Children under 12 get in free. For information about the symposium, visit https://quietwatersociety.org.

The symposium is one of many events hosted during MSU’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week. Jointly sponsored by the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch, ANR week offers conferences, workshops and exhibits featuring members of the Michigan natural resources and agriculture industries.

Other events hosted during ANR week include The Great Lakes Conference, The Michigan Beekeepers’ Association Conference and the Michigan Wildflower Conference. To learn more about ANR week visit: https://www.canr.msu.edu/anrweek.


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