Natural Shoreline Workshop

 July 11, 2024 p.m.
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Kellogg Biological Station, Carriage House
3700 Gull Lake Drive
Hickory Corners MI, 49060

Program Information: 

Are you a proud owner of a lakefront property in Michigan? If so, you know that your shoreline requires special attention. It is the boundary that separates land and water, and it plays a crucial role in maintaining the health of your lake. But have you ever wondered how you can enhance your shoreline and protect your lake's health?

In this workshop, participants will learn about the shoreline planting options and view demonstration plantings. Then, they will enjoy lunch at the McClary Dining Hall with other property owners. After lunch, the instructors will guide participants in creating personalized shoreline landscaping designs based on their property's unique needs and personal interests.

This workshop is being held with Gull Lake Quality Organization, Michigan State University Extension, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), and the Kellogg Biological Station.

Erick Elgin is a limnologist and water resources educator with MSU Extension. He focuses on promoting and researching the wise use, protection, and restoration of our freshwater systems. Erick's recent efforts include aquatic plants, lake management, natural shorelines, and invasive species. He has an M.S. in aquatic ecology from the University of Calgary and a B.S. in natural resources management from the University of Minnesota.

Julia Kirkwood is a Senior Environmental Quality Analyst with the Michigan Department of Environmental Great Lakes and Energy. She works with various organizations and agencies to restore and protect inland lakes and rivers. She chairs the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership and created the MI Shoreland Stewards Program, an online survey that recognizes lake property owners for managing their property in a lake-healthy way. She also started the MI Shoreland Stewards Ambassador Training program.

Cost: (Includes lunch) 
$20 Gull Lake Quality Organization Members 
$30 Kellogg Bird Sanctuary or Manor House Members 
$40 Non-Members

Cancellation Policy for Events Requiring Registration:  A full refund will be issued if the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary cancels a program due to weather or other circumstances. A full refund will be issued if a registrant must cancel before the event’s registration deadline—no refunds on the day of an event or after. No space will be held without full payment for events requiring prepayment.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary at 269-671-2510 or