Field Trips


This year we will be offering conference participants the chance to learn more about conservation and environmental justice work happening in southeast Michigan through field trips. These are the confirmed field trip options:

Nichols Arboretum – $20


The University of Michigan established Nichols Arboretum in 1907.  The site boasts 123 acres of beautiful natural landscapes near the heart of Ann Arbor, Michigan. This field trip will take the form of an educational, ecological walking tour of the Arboretum.  The tour will also examine the Arboretum’s restoration practices and relationships to surrounding communities. 

Food Gatherers – $30

Service Day

Established in 1988, Food Gatherers works to reduce hunger and eliminate its root causes in and around Ann Arbor.  In Fiscal Year 2018, Food Gatherers distributed the equivalent of 5.2 million prepared meals to the area. This is a service-oriented field trip.  Participants will be working in a warehouse alongside other volunteers to sort donated food.

Growing Hope – $30

Service Day and Tour

Growing Hope, located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, works to foster an equitable and sustainable local food system in which people grow, sell, buy, prepare, and eat nourishing food. Those participating in this field trip will get an educational tour of the farm.  Following the tour, trip participants will engage in service activities on the farm. 

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History – $20


The newly reopened Natural History Museum features scientific research, interactive exhibits, and more. The field trip will feature a tour with museum staff as well as time to explore on your own.

Ecology and Environmental Justice Tour of Flint – $60


Participants will travel to Flint to visit several sites and meet with local residents to learn more about urban nature, ecological restoration, and environmental justice.


Environmental Regeneration in Detroit – $60


Participants in the field trip will visit two organizations working on food sovereignty and community regeneration in Detroit.  Field trip attendees will tour the nationally recognized, seven-acre D-Town Farm.  Participants will also stop at Blight Busters see how community activists are reversing declines in urban neighborhoods.


Detroit Toxic Tour – $60


Participants will travel to Detroit and take a community-led bus tour around zip code 48217.  The community, which is close to the Detroit River and the Canadian border, is home to industrial facilities and contaminated sites.  Learn about the history of the neighborhoods and hear what community activists are doing to improve health and well-being in their neighborhoods.

Please check back for more information and as more field trips are confirmed. Other field trips may include: