A unique and special annual event on Greater Lansing’s community calendar is reserved for celebrating the reflective peace and tranquility of non-motorized outdoor recreation, takes place on the first Saturday of March. The event is called the Quiet Waters Symposium and is held in the campus’ pavilion. It also happens to coincide with the start of Michigan State University’s spring break and the start of the school’s annual Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. Billed as “outdoor Michigan’s favorite indoor show,” the purpose of the Quiet Waters Symposium is to:
“celebrate non-motorized outdoor recreation and shared concern for our Great lakes Environment.”
The Quiet Water Symposium can best be described as a combination of trade show, lecture and demonstration series, and a call to environmental stewardship. It is open to anyone and everyone interested in quiet (non-motorized) outdoor recreational activities including, but not limited to canoeing, kayaking, sailing, backpacking, fishing, hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and camping. It is definitely a popular event and draws thousands of attendees each year. The symposium is also a terrific place to gather information on hiking and water trails, resorts, tours, books, guides, expeditions, parks, products, environmental organizations, and other upcoming activities and events. You can certainly walk away with one very heavy bag of pamphlets and brochures.
Personally, I greatly enjoy watching the wooden canoes and kayaks being handcrafted or traditional snowshoes being strung. Numerous classes and demonstrations on a variety of topics are held throughout the day and door prizes are given away on a regular basis. This weblink lists the classes and demonstrations scheduled for Saturday.
If you are within earshot of Greater Lansing this coming Saturday, March 3rd, consider stopping by Michigan State University’s Pavilion on Farm Lane, south of Mt. Hope Road and check out the 17th Annual Quiet Waters Symposium. If you do, be sure to stop by the MSU Bikes booth where I will be spending part of the morning and say hello.