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SOLAR (School for Outdoor Leadership, Adventure, and Recreation) is a Southeast Michigan based club with more than 400 members. Founded in 1975, SOLAR remains dedicated to helping its members enjoy nature and outdoor activities.

Membership in the club is required for full access to our Meetup site. Annual dues are $40 for individuals and $55 for families. Please read further if you are interested in becoming a club member. Questions about membership can be directed to solarmembership@solaroutdoors.org .


SOLAR members themselves organize classes and events in which other members can participate. Whether you are a beginner or experienced wilderness enthusiast, you will find classes, activities, and trips for all skill levels and many different interests including--but certainly not limited to!--backpacking, day hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, paddling, winter camping, orienteering, wilderness first aid, adventure racing, wildflower and tree identification, dogsledding, whitewater rafting, and geocaching. SOLAR members can also borrow gear from our store of packs, sleeping bags and pads, stoves, and other outdoor equipment.

To learn more about SOLAR and its activities we encourage you to visit our website, www.solaroutdoors.org (http://www.solaroutdoors.org/). There you will find a calendar of upcoming classes and events, and newsletter (SOLAR Ray) archives. These sources give more information about who we are, what we do, and how we do it. We also welcome anyone interested in the club to attend our monthly meetings, held at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 27475 Five Mile Road, just west of Inkster Road, in Livonia on the last Tuesday of every month (except December). SOLAR is not affiliated with St. Paul's or any other religious institution. Directions are available here: http://solaroutdoors.com/solarmeetings.html (http://solaroutdoors.org/About/Meetings.aspx). The business meeting is followed by a program on a topic of general interest to our members.

SOLAR uses Meetup as a tool of convenience for our members to quickly get information about upcoming classes and activities and to sign up and pay for these events online. That's why our Meetup group is restricted to paid members of the club and non-members have very limited access.

Once you have checked us out online and, we hope, in person by attending one of our monthly meetings, you can decide if becoming a member is right for you. If so, you can join the club by downloading the membership form (http://solaroutdoors.com/downloads/S.O.L.A.R_Membership_Application.pdf), filling it out, and either submitting it with a check for the dues payment at one of the meetings or mailing both to the address listed on the bottom of the membership form. Once you are a club member we can grant you access into this Meetup group.

Thank you for your interest in SOLAR. We hope to meet you soon.

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Steering Committee Meeting

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All SOLAR members are invited to attend Steering Committee meetings. The meetings are held on the second to last Tuesday of the month (except December), typically at a SC member's house. The location changes each month. Please email [masked] for the location of the next meeting. Seating is usually limited, so it is a good idea to bring a chair. If a large number of members want to attend a particular meeting, we may have to try to move a SC meeting to a bigger venue or ask members to attend a later meeting. (I'd LIKE to have this problem) Very occasionally, there may be a closed portion of the meeting if we are dealing with information sensitive to a particular member.

Earth Day Clean Up

Stony Creek Metropark

Hello SOLAR: This is a chance to clean up one of our local parks, and keep it safe and attractive. Please read the details before you RSVP. You need to sign up ahead of time to participate. Your RSVP on Meetup is appreciated, but you need to do more: Click on the link below, which will take you to a Metropark page. There you will see another link to a ‘sign up genius’ page. You will see several events, so be sure to sign up for Stony Creek on April 27. Space is limited. https://www.metroparks.com/event/earth-day-clean-2-4-2/ You can arrive at the park as early as 8:30 and head to registration at Eastwood Beach. We’ll start cleaning up at 9 AM, or when we’re all registered and know what part of the park is our duty station. The clean-up will go until 11 AM. The park will offer light snacks, though you may want to bring your own lunch. After we finish cleaning up, we can take a lunch break and then do some hiking, for those who are interested. The total time for you will depend on how long the cleanup takes, and if you choose to stay for lunch and hiking. The listed end time of 1 PM is an estimate for those who stay for lunch and hiking. Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves. Please let me know if you’re coming, and I’ll look for you at registration. Thanks! Bill Morse[masked]

Monthly Meeting & Program: Elections & New Website Unveiling

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SOLAR's general membership meetings are open to everyone. This is a great place to hear about upcoming activities and classes, meet members, catch up with friends, and get more involved in our club. You're welcome to RSVP but it's not required. The program following the meeting: TBD

Sturgeon Guard

Black Lake State Forest Campground

Sturgeon are huge prehistoric fish that were nearly extinct in Michigan and are still under threat from poachers. Volunteer guards walk the river during spawning season and report suspicious activity to the DNR. I have volunteered to be a guard on May 8, 9, 10, 11 from 6 pm - 9 pm and May 12 from 6 am - 12 noon (what was I thinking?!) and would love to have fellow SOLAR members join me for as many days as they can. Camping will be in a rustic site in the state forest (port-a-johns but no water) approximately 5 miles southwest of Black Lake. Any fees will be split among the campers. There are other campgrounds in the vicinity and the Black Mountain Lodge is not too far. The nearest town in Onaway. To become a volunteer guard, you must sign up through sturgeonfortomorrow.org . Be sure to put that you are with SOLAR on your application so they know you are part of our group. During the day we can hike in the state forest, visit Ocqueoc Falls, Lake Huron, and nearby towns; ride bikes on some of the area rail-trails or on mountain bike trails; and paddle on nearby rivers or lakes. I have heard Cheboyan State Park has some interesting hiking and that the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center and the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, both in Alpena, are worth a visit. This will be going up on Meetup. Be sure to note the days for which you are volunteering and what daytime activities interest you. Feel free to suggest things! Heidi Tietjen[masked]

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