Shhh! Stop, Look and Listen for the Quiet Adventurers’ Big Event

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Friday, February 28, 2020, 11:00 am
By: 
Sydney Garnet Mullett

A visitor to a recent Quiet Adventures Symposium examines one of the many canoes on display. (Photo by Aron Sousa)

Having begun nearly 25 years ago as a venue for local boat-builders to put their craft on a pedestal, the Quiet Adventures Symposium has evolved into the unofficial kick-off to the spring outdoors season.

Hosted by the Quiet Water Society, Saturday’s event – from 9 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. at the Michigan State University Pavilion (4301 Farm Lane) – brings together at least 75 nonprofit organizations, local nature centers and tourism associations, as well as local vendors who offer everything from lifejackets to earrings. A variety of exhibitors will be displaying kayaks, canoes, and hiking boots while also looking to educate their customers on safe and earth-friendly practices.

The symposium aims to educate people on how to treat the earth with respect, and how to enjoy all that it offers, encouraging all ages to take part in non-motor vehicle activities. The exhibits will offer numerous types of educational experiences like recognizing invasive species, as well as a special exhibit for children digging into the science behind groundwater dynamics. Along with the groundwater dynamics exhibit, there will be stations to build a birdfeeder, reusing and refurbishing old objects, as well as areas where experts will read aloud to the kids.

Last year the symposium attracted approximately 2,300 attendees.

Cynthia Donovan, a member of the Quiet Water Society board, is especially proud of the 33 speakers who will be presenting throughout the day.

“Dave Freeman will be a highlighted speaker, talking about his ‘Year in the Wilderness’ in the Boundary Water Canoe Area with his wife Amy. They have traveled more than 3,000 miles by kayak, canoe and dogsled during that year and he brings all of us to that experience.”

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults, $5 for students with IDs, and free for kids under 12; parking is free.

A full schedule and more information can be found here.

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