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 – April 27, 2024, 1-3pm: Join us this Earth Day for another Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup event and see our autonomous beach cleaning robot in action.
  • Advocacy Academy Boot Camp – TBD, spring 2024: 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.
    • Monday, February 12, 2024 from 4-6pm at Traverse City Whiskey Co
  • 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.
  • Freshwater Summit – Wednesday, October 30, 2024: Join environmental professionals, citizens, and businesses to discuss the latest research, projects, and initiatives that impacts the Great Lakes and Grand Traverse Bay regions.

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