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Lake Michigan Shoreline Adventure

guided hike

Lake Michigan Shoreline Adventure

5 reviews
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food
Hosted in
English
guided hike

Lake Michigan Shoreline Adventure

guided hike

Lake Michigan Shoreline Adventure

5 reviews
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

On this geologic adventure, participants will explore the mouth of the longest river in Michigan and hike through huge dunes of quartz sand laden with magnetite. These sand dunes range in age from 100’s to over 10,000 years old. Our journey will begin at the mouth of the Grand River where we will walk out onto the newly constructed jetty and talk about the Grand River and how it has been impacted by human activities past and present. We will journey from there to hike over dunes that are 100's of feet tall and covered with a forest that is a succession of different trees and plants adapted to this harsh environment. We will be on the lookout for unique plant and animal species that call this environmental home. While at the lake shore, we will discuss and explore the recent erosion which is the result of changing lake levels and the effect this has on coastal communities and lake property. We will also also talk about the ice ages and how these dunes were formed through a series of dramatic climatic changes. We will end our journey with a picnic of classic west Michigan themed foods, all locally sourced, such as blueberry salsa, fresh fruits in season, and local smoked meats.

Your host

Learn more about Peter

Peter

I am a broadly trained environmental geologist, geomorphologist, and surface water hydrologist. I teach at Grand Valley State University and I am passionate about preserving and observing our natural environment (http://faculty.gvsu.edu/wamplerp/). I also have travelled to Haiti numerous times since 2007 to work on water resources issues and safe-water interventions. Since 2016, I have led three groups of GVSU students on a 4-week study abroad to Haiti where students engage in service learning projects, ecotourism, and water resources investigations (www.gvsu.edu/haitistudyabroad).

What's included

Food
Locally sourced Michigan snacks that you cannot get elsewhere.

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Where you'll be

Many tourists walk the pier in Grand Haven, but few know the complex and challenging issues that are impacting this beautiful river. The beach at the State park near Grand Haven is a beautiful place to enjoy Lake Michigan, with 1000's of other people. Just a few miles down the Lakeshore is Rosy Mound Park where after a short hike over the dunes rewards the adventurous with a more secluded beach with unrivaled beauty.

Guest safety

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Clothing appropriate for the weather

More tips

This experience will involve hiking up stairs over the dunes. Those will severe mobility disabilities may find it difficult or impossible to participate.

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Lake Michigan Shoreline Adventure
5 reviews
£34/person
5 reviews
£34/person