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OPEN HOUSE at the Gateway


Programming and community engagement are at the core of our strategy. We invest heavily in supporting the development of environmental education, community awareness and wetland preservation.  Discover more about our local events, fundraisers and educational seminars below and get in touch to stay up to date regarding our latest efforts.

All events below are either hosted, partnered with or attended by Blue Heron Headwaters, see you there!
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for July 8th

Headwater's Trails/Earth Day

Type: Outdoor Volunteer Opportunity 


April 22

Native Plants & History


Type: Presentation

@Tyrone twp Historical Society

More information

April 29 -30

Volunteer Opportunity: Spring Impact Weekend

Sign up to join us for Community Impact weekend with Blue Heron Headwaters. 


May 8th

Rain Gardens


Presentation with Blue Heron Headwaters, Emily Duthinh

@Springfield Township Library

Information Coming Soon!


TBD, Rescheduled



 What is a BioBlitz? It's an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a continuous time period.

Registration and more Information Coming Soon!


TBD! Rescheduled

eBird Tutorial

Blue Heron Headwaters Event  

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Meet at the Voorheis-Beardsley site to learn from expert Kathleen Dougherty how to use Audubon's eBird app, an extensive database of bird observations that allows you to track bird sightings. Learn how to look for birds and record important observations with other fellow birders. 

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May 24th

Night Hike

Type: Outdoor Event, Tour

Join the Blue Heron Headwaters Conservancy for a unique opportunity to tour the Voorheis-Beardsley Nature Trail under a night sky. We will be observing and identifying nocturnal insects using a moth attractor. With a personal smartphone you can download and learn to use the iNaturalist app.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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May 31

Prairie Planting & Native Plant Sale

Type: Outdoor Event, Tour

Blue Heron Headwaters Program @ Our Vorheis-Beardsley Preserve.

Help us restore the prairie, plant one, buy one natives.


All welcome. 

Intersection of Maybee & Clintonville Rd. , Clarkston

Location Coordinates:




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BHHC Native Plant Sale June 3

More than 50 species available

Type: Fundraiser

Neiman's Family Market Parking Lot

7121 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston



June 10th

Blue Heron Headwaters

Managing Invasive Species Workshop

Type: Outdoor presentation

Clarkston - Independence Township District Library

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June 10th

Shiawassee Paddle Guided Tour


Bring your own kayak or canoe and join us on a guided preserve tour on the Shiawassee River at the Canoe Launch at Gill Landing. 

$10 donation fee, includes shuttle, guides, refreshments.

Learn About the Water Trail 


June 21st

Suburban Garden to Native Water Garden


3:30 - 4:30, June 21

Transform your neighborhood landscaping into a garden for water control, butterflies, bees and planet health.


June 23rd

All About Bats

For All Ages

Presentation & Kids Activity

@Springfield Township Library


What: Kids Feature
When Jun 23, 2023

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Attendees Geared for Grades 2-5, but all ages are welcome!


June 24

Shiawassee Riverfest


The River Fest is an annual music festival and fundraiser. Water and land activities also take place, including but not limited to cardboard boat races, kayak and paddle board demos, games, activities and tournaments for all ages, raffles, a comprehensive selection of food and art vendors  and more!


June 25th

Butterfly Preserve Workday

Volunteer with Blue Heron Headwaters

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Prepare land for walkability and access - trail building and site cleanup.

Sign-up Coming Soon


July 15



Presentation & Kids Activity

@Clarkston Independence District Library

Information Coming Soon!

July 22


Pioneer Day 2023

Saturday, July 22, 2023

10:00 AM  4:00 PM

Pioneer Day 2023 is in the works! Live music, food trucks, historical demonstrations, a car show, and activities for kids! 


On going!

A Big Help for a LIttle Butterfly Campaign

A  supporter is offering a 2:1 match to complete the $275,000 campaign to save the habitat for the critically endangered Poweshiek Skipperling Butterfly. 

Your $50 becomes $150. Funds will be used to restore the butterfly's ecosystem in Davisburg, Michigan. 

Stay in Touch

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