Great Lakes Region

The Great Lakes Region spans Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Voyageurs

A Park of Water, Islands, and Horizons

With 218,055 acres, Voyageurs National Park is an adventure wonderland all year long full of exposed rock ridges, cliffs, wetlands, forests, streams and lakes. This is a place of transition between land and aquatic ecosystems, between southern boreal and northern hardwood forests, and between wild and developed areas. Whether you are exploring by land, water or ice there is something for everyone.

Make Camping Plans

Plan ahead for your summer excursions by diving into campsites available for your summer plans.

Discover the Northern Lights

Learn about the sporadic, mesmerizing Aurora Borealis (also known as Northern Lights) that sometimes shine over Voyageurs’ skies.

Find local guides, boat rentals and more

Local area businesses offer guides, watercraft rentals, private boat charters, and more.

Visit the Ellsworth Rock Garden

The Ellsworth Rock Gardens have been known as the “Showplace of Lake Kabetogama” since the 1940s.

Nature

Voyageurs is a great place to experience land, water, and everything in between.

Volunteer

Volunteers help keep visitor centers open, maintain facilities, conduct research, rehabilitate historic sites, and so much more!

Travelers of the North Woods

Waters provided the highway; fur-bearing animals provided the goods; North Woods provided the materials; voyageurs provided the skill.

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Earthen Heart

Community Homestead and Re-Learning Center in Southwest Michigan, USA

Geographically speaking, Earthen Heart is a 20 acre homestead in Bangor, Michigan, USA. Located within the fruit belt and the heart of blueberry country with mostly a sandy loam soil, near many small lakes and 10 minutes from the Great Lake Michigan. It is within an hour or two of many cities, including: Chicago, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Holland, St. Joseph; and there is an Amtrak passenger train passing through Bangor daily on the Grand Rapids – Chicago line.

Earthen Heart is looking for short or long term guests who are interested in living in and creating a low-impact, high quality of life human habitat in a natural setting.  Our intention is to generate an increasing portion of our food and energy needs on site and to learn with each other as we are doing so. Fresh and value added processed foods are being produced and marketed in order to generate income.  There is a strong need for additional members who are interested in staying long term.

Membership & Visitors

  • Current members: 4
  • Open to new members

Looking for people to come for short or long term stay to participate in the Earthen Heart project. Room and board will be offered in exchange for the visitor working on various food, land and home related tasks during the stay. After 2-3 weeks future possibilities can be discussed such as: longer stay, income generating possibilities through the farm, collective land ownership, etc.

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Camphill Village Minnesota

Where people with and without disabilities live, grow and care for each other and the land.

Camphill Village Minnesota(CVM) is home to about 45 community members including adults who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. In this ecovillage, people live and work together on a farm and 525 acres of biodynamically nourished land.  CVM is a non-profit organization and part of a worldwide movement.  Our lives, work and celebrations are woven into the rhythms of nature found in the rolling hills, sparkling waterways, and prairie grasslands of Central Minnesota. Each person is part of the fabric of our community experience and is worthy of recognition, respect and honor.

Each person that lives in the community contributes by working on the land, in workplaces, in the family-style homes and by caring for others. Workplaces offer meaningful activities for all members and focus around practical skill building, self-expression, and sustaining the village. Our current work includes gardening organically, biodynamic farming, cooking, baking, preserving our harvest in a commercial kitchen, doing arts, basic land care, cleaning, woodworking, weaving, and caring for the homes.

All skills can be appreciated and useful. What will you bring to the table?

Membership & Visitors

  • Current members: 45
  • Open to new members
  • Open to visitors

 

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