Youngsters and Little Ones

Three great options for youth and children:

  • Cub House Daycare (ages 6 months to 8 years) Available Saturday ONLY. Your precious ones are safe at Grand Traverse Resort’s daycare provider, with sta that are CPR and First Aid certi ed, and lead teachers with degrees in early childhood development. Cub House hours are from 8 am to 5 pm. The cost is deeply discounted for conference attendees at $20/child, and this service is available both Friday and Saturday. You can send a brown bag lunch along or pick your child up to take them to conference lunch (included in cost). Space is limited. Advance registration required - no drop-ins allowed.

  • Human Nature School: (ages 6 to 12 years) Available Saturday. Human Nature School will offer outdoor, hands-on youth programming during the conference. The day will be spent playing games, exploring natural mysteries, building shelters, hearing stories and following one’s own passions. Dress children for outdoor play. Cost is $30/child and includes lunch. Advanced registration required. Day of registration is available, but space is limited.

  • Michigan Barn Preservation Network Teamwork and Timbers Program. (ages 9 to 14 years) Available Friday. MBPN’s youth barn raising is a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity that provides information, exposure, and experience through a traditional community barn raising common in Michigan communities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Similar to husking bees, quilting bees, and other shared-work activities, neighbors depended upon each other to accomplish what they could not do alone. Day of registration is available, but space is limited.

  • Bring your kids! (up to 7 years old is free) If your kids are able to sit through a workshop session without being disruptive, please bring them along. Children 7 years old and younger are free to attend the conference unless they require daycare.

Questions? Contact us at 231-994-3944 or

On-site registration will open at 8am Friday for the Timbers and Teamworks Program and 8am on Saturday for the Human Nature School.

No on-site registration is available for Cubhouse Day Care.