Celebrate the UP! 2018

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Save the date Friday and Saturday, March 23-24th, to be held at the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center on the Houghton waterfront. map


In order to create a greater appreciation of our environment and heritage across the UP, UPEC, along with the The Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) and Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK) are co-sponsoring the 2018 Celebrate the UP! on Friday and Saturday March 23-24th. There will be informational programs related to Lake Superior, …. This event is free to the public, and includes a Saturday afternoon outdoor outing to enjoy the Michigan Tech world class trails with skis, snowshoes or fat bikes!

Details below!





UPEC’s Celebrate the UP!



Free and open to the Public!

Save the Date!! March 23-24, 2018 at the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center on the Houghton waterfront.

Friday, March 23, 6-9 pm, reception, keynote speakers, Dudley Edmondson and James Mills, followed by film screening: An American Ascent* (Denali,  70 min.) & Discussion
Saturday, March 24,

  9 am – Noon   Three concurrent session talks each hour
  Noon-1 pm    Lunch (available for purchase)
  1-3 pm    Three concurrent session talks each hour
   3:30-5:30 pmSaturday (guided snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and snowbiking at Michigan Tech Trails)**
  6 pm Saturday TBD

watch here for more info as it becomes available!

* “An American Ascent” film documents the first African American expedition to tackle Denali, North America’s highest peak and explores the complex relationship many African-Americans have with the outdoors. As the United States transitions to a ‘minority majority’ nation, a staggering number of people of color do not identify with America’s wild places. By embarking on the grueling multi-week climb of the 20,327ft Denali, nine African-American climbers set out to bridge this ‘adventure gap’ – challenging outdated notions of what adventure looks like by changing the face of America’s biggest and baddest mountain on the 100th anniversary of its first summit.

** Bring your own equipment; or ski and snowshoe rental available for $10 at Tech wax barn) map to trails from GLRC

All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC



as they become available




Friday, March 23rd

UPEC Annual Membership Meeting, ? pm: This public meeting will be held in the – Room of the —



Saturday, March 25th

See: Detailed Schedule with Presenter Bios (PDF)  
See: Room Schedule Grid (PDF)


Previous UPEC Celebrate the UP!

Info: Celebrate the UP! Sept 2017 in SSM


Flyer: Celebrate the UP! March 2017 (PDF) 
Photos: Celebrate the UP! 2016 held in Baraga
Program: Celebrate the UP! 2015 (PDF) held in Marquette
Check our Facebook page for updates, and information about previous Celebrate the UP! events.



For more details about this year’s Celebration, contact UPEC.



UPEC thanks our members for providing these pictures from across the UP!