Registration information

Thank you for registering for the Aldo Leopold festival below!

To register, please first select an “Aldo Leopold Festival Wrist Band” and add it to your shopping cart. Your wrist band is required to attend all field trips and presentations during the festival. Some events have an additional cost.

 After you have placed the number of wrist bands you need in your shopping cart, select the field trips that you would like to attend. Please only select field trips that you fully plan to attend as there are a limited number of spots on each trip. Also note there are several events that do not have a space limit, and therefore do not require pre-registration. If there is a field trip that has reached the maximum number, email or call Hessel School House to be placed on a waiting list.

  Once you have selected all of the field trips you would like to attend, proceed to the checkout option, and complete the checkout process. Costs must be paid by credit or debit card at the time of checkout.

  Once you have completed your registration, you will receive an email confirmation with your registration details. You will also need to retrieve your wrist bands and welcome bag from the Hessel School House anytime May 28th to June 1st, Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. You can also pick up your wrist bands at the first event of each day.

  If you need assistance with the online registration process, please call or email the Hessel School house at 906-484-1333 or

When you are ready to register, please click the following link: Register Here for Events

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The schedule is listed below:

 * denotes pre-registration required, limited number of spaces available at this event

$ denotes additional costs required for this trip

 Thursday, May 30, 2019
               8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Drummond Island:  The Gem of the Huron*$15 + ferry fees
               9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Hiking the John Arthur Woollam Preserve*

    3:30 p.m. to 5p.m. Exploring Search Bay
               7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Fascinating World of Bumblebees
Friday, May 31, 2019
               5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Birding by Ear*
               7 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Birding in the Straits* $25
               8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Exploring the Leopold Preserve* $20
               10 a.m. to 11:30  Personalizing your own greeting card* $5
               1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Exploring the Fantastic World of Ferns*    
               1 p.m.  to 2 p.m.  Beginning Birding*
               2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Beginning Wildflower Presentation*
               7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  There’s Aldo:  His Les Cheneaux Life and Influences
Saturday, June 1, 2018 **
               5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Birding by Ear*
               7 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Birding for Warblers and Waterfowl*
               7 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Birding for Grassland and Marsh Birds*
               7 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Birding along the Narnia Trail*
               8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Shoreline Paddle* $75
               8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Carnivorous Plants* 
               9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Citizen Science Program
               10 a.m. to 12 p.m.   A Children’s Hike through the Derby Preserve*
               10 a.m. to 11:30  Invasive Plants Threatening Our Area
               10 a.m. to 11:30  Personalizing your own greeting card* $5
               2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Explore the Fascinating World of Insects
               2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Exploring for Wild Orchids*
               4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Upper Peninsula Lichens
               5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunset Paddle* $75
               7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The Wet World of Dragonflies
** All day Saturday three additional activities are available.
               8am – 4pm Great Lakes Boat Building School: a workshop to build your own personal canoe paddle.  Additional cost (For adults). A separate registration for this event is at
               Pickle Point: For bird lovers of all ages, a 1-2 hour workshop anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to paint your own birdhouse. Weatherproof-paper GreenBird houses are free. $15 for a Harry Harris (local nature enthusiast) wood tree swallow house.
               Boat trips to the Leopold Preserve on Marquette Island leaving Hessel Marina on the Hour. Additional Cost $10 per person (all ages)
Sunday, June 2, 2019
               7 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Birding for Warblers and Waterfowl*
               7 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Birding for Grassland and Marsh Birds*
               7 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Birding along the Narnia Trail*
               9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Exploring for Wildflowers* (2 groups)