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31st annual EEB Fall Retreat

Saturday, September 12, 2015
12:00 AM
The Lodge at Nordman Lake, 1991 Steinbach Road, Dexter, Mich.

A full day of activities including field trips, swimming and assorted paddling on the lake, billiards, beach volleyball, live music and more.

The Lodge at Nordman Lake
1.  Field trips lead by EEB faculty to:

Sharon Hollow – This Nature Conservancy Preserve contains some of the most beautiful beech-maple forests in southeast Michigan, a boardwalk spanning wetlands and streams, and a trail ending at the River Raisin. Dr. Tony Reznicek, curator and guru of Michigan botany, will lead this field trip.

The E.S. George Reserve is a large (1,300 acre) EEB research property. The ESGR has a long history of research (since 1930), with some 500 publications, as well as a diversity of habitats including mature oak-hickory forests, hardwood swamps, lakes and sphagnum bogs. We’ll walk through the reserve, exploring its habitat diversity and discuss the research history and potential. This field trip will have several leader-participants, including Professors Chris Dick, Tim James and Ben Winger.

The field trips will be in the morning and in the afternoon. More details will follow.

2. At the lodge you will have time to socialize with your colleagues; go for a swim or paddle; play pool or the piano; and have fun on the grounds (beach volleyball, 2-2 person kayaks, 2 canoes and a rowboat are available for use throughout the day).

3. In the evening we will have an optional presentation and discussion focused on time management and work family balance, led by Professors Trisha Wittkopp and Meghan Duffy.

4. Following discussions and dinner, we will have an open mic, with banjo music by Professor Stephen Smith and anyone else who wants to play an instrument or sing.

5. We’re planning on having a beer tasting contest as well. Be sure to have a designated driver.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will also be provided.

Breakfast and lunch are free of charge. If you are planning on staying for dinner, the cost is $10 for faculty and $5 for students and staff. Dinner is free for incoming students!

Please pay Cindy Carl in the graduate office.

Vans will be available for transportation to the event and a sign-up sheet for rides will be posted on the door to EEB graduate student lounge (2060 Kraus Natural Science Building) the first week in September. Times for van departure and return to Ann Arbor will be coordinated with the drivers. (There will probably be an early van and later van but this will be determined based on demand.) Car-pooling is encouraged if you want to drive.

If you want to volunteer as a van driver, please let Cindy know as soon as possible.

Be sure to bring clothes for outdoor hiking, a bathing suit and towel, bug spray, extra shoes or boots, games, a refillable water bottle, camera, and any musical instruments that you play

Everyone is encouraged to attend! Please let us know by completing this form.

Sorry - no pets are allowed on The Lodge grounds.

We hope you will join us!

The 2015 EEB Retreat Committee

Chris Dick

Tony Reznicek

Michelle Fearon

Kat Wiles