Annual Environmental Events
Earth Day Celebration
To celebrate Earth Day every year, the Tribe hosts a outreach event filled with activities, such as planting trees and other native plants, gardening, clean ups, crafts and more, to give the community an opportunity to gather together to love Grandmother Earth. The Earth Day Celebration takes place in mid-April each year. Please check the Event Calendar for updates!
Annual John Bush Memorial Fishing Contest
The Fishing Contest is an opportunity for Tribal families and friends (accompanied by Citizen) and Government staff to enjoy the day fishing on Boot Lake. Prize competitions include youth (under 16) and adult. Each group weighs-in heaviest bass (must be at least 14”) and highest total weight of 5 panfish. Participants fish from boats (no gas motors) or the fishing platform at Allie’s Landing. Taking place in early June each year, the annual John Bush Memorial Fishing Contest is the perfect kick-off for the summer season! Please check the Event Calendar for updates!
Jijak Youth Camp (summer and winter)
Jijak Youth Camp serves our Tribal community by strengthening our young peoples’ bond to cultural traditions, engaging youth in nature, and forging lifelong friendships based on the rich history and living traditions of the Gun Lake Tribe. Jijak Youth Camp is open to Tribal youth ages 5-17. Winter camp takes place in January or February each year and summer camp takes place the last full week in June. Please check the Event Calendar for updates!
Environmental Speaker Series
The Environmental Speaker Series provides learning opportunities for our community related to the health of our environment and natural resources. Please check the Event Calendar for updates!
Kalamazoo River Voyage
The Kalamazoo River Voyage is an annual guided canoe trip highlighting cultural and environmental points of interest for youth ages 12-20 down the Kalamazoo River. Please check the Event Calendar for updates!
Lake Sturgeon Release Celebration
The Tribe and partners celebrate the successful rearing of Kalamazoo River lake sturgeon from egg or larvae to juvenile fish by inviting the public to help release the fish back into the river. The event includes educational booths, food, ceremony and a focus on increasing lake sturgeon awareness and appreciation. The Lake Sturgeon Release Celebration typically takes place at the end of August - beginning of September, depending on when the Sturgeon are ready. Please check the Event Calendar for updates!
Mnomen Harvest & Restoration
A community mnomen harvest is offered in mid-September to early-October when the wild rice is ready to harvest. This event is open to the Tribal community and family members. Mnomen is collected from healthy beds and is used to reseed local rice beds. Please check the Event Calendar for updates to these restoration activities!