Get Involved

Photo credit: Lysa Gudz

Photo credit: Lysa Gudz

Dive-in, Do Your Part

Join us in our mission to safeguard the beautiful waters of Grand Traverse Bay and our inland lakes and streams for all to enjoy. With a community-wide commitment to clean water, we will all enjoy our waters for generations to come.


Help The Watershed Center make a difference by giving your time or talents. For more information or to discuss how you can be involved, contact Grand Traverse Bay WATERKEEPER® Heather Smith at

  • Adopt-A-Stream: Assemble a team of volunteers — families, schools, neighborhood, office teams — to monitor water quality within the watershed twice a year. Stream sponsorships are also available.
  • Beach Clean-Ups: Help remove trash and debris along our beaches, shorelines, and streambanks.
  • Watershed Warrior: Become a citizen advocate by speaking up to oppose threats to water quality in your community and to support local decisions and efforts that protect water quality.
  • General office tasks: Put your computer/office skills to use while helping our team with tasks such as data entry, mailing preparations, or simple organizing.


Connect with our waters and our mission through our events.

  • Beach Clean Up – Saturday, April 22, 2023: Join us this Earth Day for another Great Lakes CleanUp event and see our autonomous beach cleaning robot in action.
  • Advocacy Academy Boot Camp – Saturday, April 15, 2023: Led by experienced advocates, this one-day boot camp will teach you how to engage and represent on the local level.
  • On Tap with TWC: Join us for a happy hour gathering where supporters and friends of TWC come together to talk with staff and meet others with similar interests.
    • Wednesday March 1, 2023, 4-6pm at Silver Spruce Brewing
    • Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 4-6pm at The Dam Shop
    • Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 4-6pm at Brengman Brothers
  • Fly Rod Raffle – drawing Wednesday, August 9, 2023: We’ve teamed up with three talented, local artists to offer a unique opportunity to protect our watershed and have a chance to win one of three hand-crafted prizes.
  • Freshwater Summit – Friday, October 27, 2023: Join environmental professionals, citizens, and businesses to discuss the latest research, projects, and initiatives that impacts the Great Lakes and Grand Traverse Bay regions.
  • Swim for Grand Traverse Bay – Saturday, August 10, 2024: Celebrate clean, healthy water in Grand Traverse Bay with a unique, open water swim event to benefit The Watershed Center.

We connect people to
what makes our region
special – clean water.

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