Get ready to 'Shiver on the River' at Belle Isle in Detroit

Family friendly environmental event features free hands on activities for kids. Michigan Sea Grant will feature its new book "Beautiful Belle Isle" and give updates on area restoration projects.

The cover of the Beautiful Belle Isle book shows an aerial picture of the island.

Winter has blustered into southeast Michigan but that won’t stop hundreds of people from coming out to Shiver on the River on Feb. 2, 2019, to explore the many different venues on the island and learn about exciting environmental happenings on the Detroit River and beyond.

More than a dozen environmental organizations, including Friends of the Detroit River, Michigan Sea Grant and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge will have informational booths to visit at the Casino Building (indoors!) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Michigan Sea Grant will be giving a presentation at 12:30 p.m. on their new book “Beautiful Belle Isle.” The event is free with lots of hands-on environmental arts and crafts for kids.

Don't miss it!

Here’s a lineup of the free events Feb. 2 at the Casino Building:

  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. -- Bob Kat CaricaturesAn ice rescue is demonstrated. Photo credit: Friends of the Detriot River.
  • 11 a.m. -- Magic John Children’s Magician
  • Noon -- Weather permitting, there will be a Coast Guard Fly-by
  • 12:30 p.m. -- Michigan Sea Grant presentation
  • 2 m. -- Ice rescue demonstration

Habitat restoration

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about an exciting habitat restoration project on Belle Isle at Lake Okonoka, which Michigan Sea Grant is helping with. Other island attractions open during Shiver on the River include the Belle Isle Aquarium, Nature Center, Coast Guard Station, Conservancy and Dossin Museum.

Michigan Sea Grant helps to foster economic growth and protect Michigan’s coastal, Great Lakes resources through education, research and outreach. A collaborative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and its MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 33 university-based programs.

This article was prepared by Mary Bohling, Michigan Sea Grant Extension educator, under award NA14OAR4170070 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce through the Regents of the University of Michigan. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Commerce, or the Regents of the University of Michigan.

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