Ever heard of Wild Lapeer? It’s a county wide event started about 10 years ago by North Branch resident Marian Listwak. Not to be confused with Lapeer Days which is a weekend in downtown Lapeer every summer. No, Wild Lapeer is a spring event which previously took place around the Lapeer court house, using the Farmers Market area and court house lawn for activities.
For the 3rd year, Wild Lapeer will be held at Chatfield School, home of The Willows Environmental Education Center. Peter McCreedy, visionary and lead teacher at Chatfield, heads up the planning committee for Wild Lapeer. The Lapeer Land Conservancy is now the major sponsoring group with much help from Lapeer County Parks, Lapeer Conservation District, the Farm Bureau, Backtrack to Nature and others. The purpose of Wild Lapeer is to bring people together around their love of the natural world. Families will find much for children to do, such as canoe rides, buidling bluebird houses and enjoying a petting zoo.
Special guests this year include Barb Barton from the Great Lakes Wild Rice initiative. This singer songwriter is an enviromental activist extraordinaire. She will explain the requirements for growing rice in our area and why this is nutritionally and environmentally a sound idea. A falconry expert will bring live birds and teach about them. This should perk up the ears of our Lakeville Falcons. Another special guest is Michael Mallon, also known as Laughing Moon. He is the founder of the Superhero Training Academy. He will tell stories and show how you can discover your superhero name and powers!
So reserve the date: Saturday May 5th. 10am-4pm. Check the local paper for more information as the day comes closer.