Our Partners


Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE)

Our mission is to drive improvements in environmental quality for the protection of public health and natural resources to benefit current and future generations. This will be accomplished through effective administration of agency programs, providing for the use of innovative strategies, while helping to foster a strong and sustainable economy. The DNRE understands the importance of preserving and enhancing our strong outdoor heritage, and we are committed to making outdoor education a priority.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, founded in 1979, is the lead organization for water resources protection in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties. A coalition of citizens, lake associations, businesses, and resorters, the Watershed Council works to maintain the environmental integrity and economic and aesthetic values of lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater.

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association

A non-profit corporation comprised of individuals and associations who desire to conserve and improve Michigan’s lakes, rivers and streams, and their watersheds, and the Great Lakes, and to protect and promote the wise use of Michigan’s Water resources.

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy protects significant natural, scenic, and farmlands – and advances stewardship – now and for future generations. With the support of individual donors, foundations and volunteers, and the partnership of local, state, and federal agencies, it has protected more than 42,000 acres of land and 126 miles of shoreline along the region’s rivers, lakes, and streams.

Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Initiative

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay is a private non-profit organization, founded in 1990 and devoted to the protection and enhancement of Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay and surrounding watershed through research, education, and collaboration with partners.

Michigan Loon Preservation Association

The Mission of the Michigan Loon Preservation Association is to conserve and enhance the Common Loon Population through research, habitat protection and restoration, species protection, and public awareness and involvement.

Grand Traverse Audubon Club

Welcome! Our meetings are usually the fourth Thursday of the month at the Boardman River Nature Center on Cass Road at 7:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend!


The United States Environmental Protection Agency “…to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment…”

Grass River Natural Area

The Grass River Natural Area is a 1,141-acre park in Antrim County comprised of wetlands and wildlife habitat purchased over the past 32 years by concerned citizens.  Miles of trails provide for enjoyable walking, bird watching, and wildflower identification.  The nonprofit GRNA offers over a hundred organized hikes and classes, all year round.

Michigan Wildlife Conservancy

Wildlife For Tomorrow- The Michigan Wildlife Habitat Foundation.  Established in 1982, it is a nonprofit, membership organization which restores and improves wildlife habitat through cost-effective projects.

The Conservation Resource Alliance

The Conservation Resource Alliance is a private, not-for-profit organization based in Traverse City, Michigan, dedicated to maintaining the natural beauty and ecosystems of our land while simultaneously nurturing the economic vitality of northern Michigan.

Michigan Association of Conservation Districts

Michigan Association of Conservation Districts is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of Michigan Conservation Districts and works to strengthen Districts through leadership, information, and representation at the state level. Michigan’s 79 Conservation Districts are the local providers of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our environment for a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger Michigan.

As local, special purpose units of government, each Conservation District is governed by a locally elected, five-member board of directors. The guiding philosophy of Michigan Conservation Districts is that local people should make decisions on conservation issues at the local level, with technical assistance provided by the government.

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

To protect and enhance the natural resources and environment entrusted to us by the Creator for managed and respected utilization by Anishinabek for past, present, and future generations.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Being Odawa is all about freedom.  The Freedom to be a part of a people who, with integrity and pride, still have and speak our own language.  The freedom to share in common with all other Odawak the customs, culture, and spirituality of our ancestors. 

Paddle Antrim

Paddle Antrim’s mission is to protect our water resources by using paddle sports to connect people to our waterways. Through stewardship, education, improved water trail access, and promotion of our waterways we will increase water resource protection and enhance the economic vitality of the region. 

Torch Lake Protection Alliance

Torch Lake Protection Alliance (TLPA) was established in 1994 to provide a unifying voice for people who regard the preservation of Torch Lake as a top priority, enabling current and future generations to enjoy the responsible use of this geological jewel.

Three Lakes Association 

The mission of the Three Lakes Association is to provide leadership to preserve, protect, and improve the environmental quality of the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed for all generations with emphasis on Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, Torch Lake and their tributaries.

Since 1966, the Three Lakes Association (TLA) has been actively engaged in a variety of ways which support our mission. From monitoring water quality to actively engaging with our local and state governments to providing grants for local science education in our schools, TLA has worked to insure that our lakes will remain the wonderful natural resource that we all love and enjoy.

Torch Conservation Center

We reach out to visitors and landowners who’ve been touched by the spirit of the Torch Lake Watershed. We share how to live a water-friendly lifestyle, whether you’re here for a day, a week, the summer or year round. By using the tools and tips found in TRUE BLUE Living, you’ll protect the future — our common drinking water and the lake we all enjoy with our family and friends.

We work to conserve land, regardless of its size. As a local land conservancy focused on the Torch Lake Watershed, our team of experienced professionals will help landowners maintain the natural assets they treasure and protect the investment they’ve made in their land.

Glen Lake Association 

The Glen Lake Association is dedicated to preserving and protecting the water quality, natural resources, and quality of life in the Glen Lake/Crystal River Watershed through leadership, education, and collaboration.