2019 Great Lakes Family Nature Summit
Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, Michigan
July 20 - July 26, 2019

Questions about the next Summit or registration? Contact us at info@familynaturesummits.org or call us at (949) 743-2567.

2019 Great Lakes Family Nature Summit
Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, Michigan
July 20 – July 26, 2019

Please register online at FNS Cvent Registration or download the Registration Form.

Our 2019 location in Michigan is a Summiteers dream!

If you like water activities, we will be within a 10 minute drive of six pristine lakes and one wild and scenic river (The Jordan). Oh, and then there is Lake Michigan with its towering Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Maybe you like mountain biking or hiking? Check out The Glacial Hills Trails just 10 minutes from Shanty Creek. This mature hardwood forest Natural Area has winding trails with so many twists and turns your head will spin. And who wouldn’t want to explore trails with names like Never Never Land, The Wall, and The Holy Grail?

Like birds? There’s a loon nursery just up the street. There is great birding at the Grass River, a 1,492-acre nature preserve with wonderful wildflowers and a plethora of birds! If you’re really lucky you’ll spot one of the river otters cavorting about among the sedges.

This part of Michigan is world famous for tart and sweet varieties of cherries. We will be in the heart of cherry country during the cherry season.

These are just a few examples of the opportunities that will be offered at this year’s Family Nature Summit. We will have plenty of activities for all ages and interests to explore the area!

Registration Cost

The registration fee includes most programming and entry fees, T-shirt, and name tag lanyard. First-time attendees will also get water bottle and lunch bag. The registration fee does NOT include the cost of housing/meal plan (listed below) or transportation to and from Summit cost.

Adult (26+) $750
Young Adult (18-25) $645
Teen (grades 7th – 12th) $615
Jr. Naturalist (grades K – 6th) $535
Early Discovery, (ages 3 & 4) $400
Child Care hourly fee paid at Summit based on use

The cost reflects $25/person discount if full payment is made by December 31, 2018. Additionally, we charge a $25 membership fee per family.

Certain optional activities may have additional fees that are payable on the first day of the Summit.

Discounts, Deadlines, Refunds

  • The current price listed above and in registration form reflects a early payment discount of $25/person. The price will go up on January 1, 2019 for those who have not paid in full.
  • A $100/person non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Full payment deadline is April 1, 2019. No refunds will be issued after this deadline. Before April 1, 2019, refunds will be issued for any amount paid minus the non-refundable deposit.
  • Paying by check saves Family Nature Summits about $20 per participant. If you can spare the time to put one in the mail instead of paying online, we appreciate the extra support!

Lodging and Meal Plans

Lodging is now available for Shanty Creek Summit 2019. Please register for the summit prior to reserving your lodging. To view the Shanty Creek Resort’s Family Nature Summits housing options, pricing, and rules, click Shanty Creek Lodging (.pdf) or Shanty Creek Lodging (.docx).  


The closest major airports are:

Airport Distance from Shanty Creek
Traverse City Airport 1 hour
Grand Rapids Airport 2.5 hours
Detroit Airport 4 hours

We are working on getting information about a shuttle service and will post it soon.

We arrange all transportation while you are at the Summit, so you don’t have to worry about driving once you get here.

Example Activities Available at Great Lakes Summit

Our programming committee works throughout the year to provide you with a variety of engaging and unique activities that take advantage of what Great Lakes area has to offer. We vet all the activities to make sure we only offer the best in the area. Here is a general list of what you can expect.

  • Hiking trips of various levels
  • Birding
  • Butterfly Walks
  • Natural Crafts
  • Freshwater Ecology
  • Local Geology
  • Adventure Race
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Kayaking
  • Photography Classes
  • Plein Air Painting
  • Wildflower Walks
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Barn Dance
  • …and many more!!