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Announcing Our Fall 2022 Conference

Hello! We are excited to announce our fall in-person Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit conference, which will be held on October 14-15, 2022 at University of Detroit Mercy. The newly renovated Student Union will be our venue, on the McNichols campus in Detroit. Our 17th annual regional conference is a Pollinators event in partnership with the national Bioneers organization, that is, the Bioneers Collective Heritage Institute (see for more information on them, including great information and wonderful videos from the national conference!)

We are happy to acknowledge that the 2022 conference is supported by three generous grants, from the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the Congregation of St. Joseph and the Fund for Equal Justice. These grants will enable us to lower the registration costs in several categories. We are currently calling for 2022 conference sponsors. Sponsors play a crucial role in supporting the conference. For information on how to become a sponsor, write the conference co-Chairs, Gail Presbey ( and Nick Schroeck ( 

We will soon have the schedule and the registration link live on this page. In the meantime, here's a sneak preview of our five bus tours for Friday morning, Oct. 14, 2022. Revisit our page for more conference details in early August!

  • Naim Edwards' tour is on "Expanding Food and Nature Connections" (in northwest Detroit at Michigan State Universities 3.3 acre urban farm site).
  • Myrtle Thompson offers "Grow a garden, grow a community" at Feedom Freedom Garden (southeast Detroit).
  • Fr. Charles Morris will lead a tour to "Madonna University and Felician Motherhouse Grounds: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Buildings."
  • Nicholas Schroeck of Detroit Mercy offers the "Environmental Justice Bus Tour" (that will visit near major sources of industrial pollution as well as places of environmental justice victories).
  • Brendan O'Leary will offer a tour of "Urban water management and green storm water infrastructure at Wayne State University."
  • In addition to the "Youth Day" organized via school attendance on Friday, we will host youth programming all day Saturday, so that families can bring their children age 12 and up.
University of Detroit Mercy is proud to have recently hosted the Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD) conference for the third time. This conference is a National Bioneers Pollinator event. GLBD is part of the National Bioneers Pollinators Network.

The Mission and Vision of GLBD

The GLBD Mission

Our mission is to promote a sustainable community that fosters life-giving relationships, nurtures connections and celebrates solutions for restoring and healing Earth's communities.

The GLBD Vision

Our vision is expressed in the preamble of the Earth Charter: "… in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms, we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace."

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