2020 Explore Academy Begins

2020 Explore Academy Begins

Oct 12 @ 4:30 pm


2020 Explore Academy rolls out its second year on Monday, Oct. 12.

Registration is Open

The Explore Academy is an opportunity for students to change the world, beginning with their neighborhood and community.  It engages and activates youth ages 13-18 around the hands-on, feet-on-the-street annual fall class. The class is student-directed and inspired. Participants gain an experiential understanding of how the built environment changes over time, how it impacts our lives, and our role as citizens to shape it.


  • WHEN – New Date: Sessions begin Monday, Oct. 12, from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. 
  • DURATION – The program meets weekly for 5 weeks (Oct. 12 – Nov. 16), followed by four weeks of independent study, and gathers back together for a final session in December.
  • COST – $35 per participant, with plenty of scholarships available. 

Necessary Changes for 2020

The 2020 pandemic challenges require some changes to our original format of a six-week, in-person class. That said, the curriculum remains focused on all participants getting out and exploring their community. Our structure may have changed, but not the key goals. Namely, have fun, explore the neighborhoods of the Grand Traverse Region with a different lens, and make new friends along the way.

Click through to Learn more about Explore Academy, steps being taking for safety, and how to register.





Explore Academy is made possible by a partnership with the Traverse Area Association of Realtors and a Smart Growth America grant from the National Association of Realtors.  The program was co-created and is co-facilitated with Megan Olds of Parallel Solutions.

If you are interested in donating to the program’s scholarship fund or in becoming a corporate sponsor, please email Gary Howe at gary@elgruponorte.org.