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Welcome to the Grand Traverse Humanists. If you value science, reason, and compassion and believe that humans are responsible for their own destiny, you have come to the right place. We are a community for the non-religious in the Grand Traverse area, offering a forum for discussing and advancing a secular worldview based on our common humanity. Our programs include monthly speakers and discussions, film and book groups, and various volunteer and social events. All are free and open to the public. Check out Upcoming Events below, or click on the calendar. Nontheists, agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, rationalists, humanists, and more…we welcome you to join us!

Upcoming Events

  • G.T. Humanist Bike Ride: Leelanau Trail

    Sunday, July 10, 11 a.m.
    Darrow Park
    1025 Bay St., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will meet at Darrow Park in Traverse City, ride up the Leelanau Trail to Suttons Bay, have lunch at Hop Lot, then bike back. The option to join the group as they arrive at Cherry Bend Rd. is also a possibility. You can also take the BATA bus back home with your bike if you don’t want to bike both ways. Contact Mark to RSVP: 231-392-1215.



  • G.T. Humanist Meeting: Empowered Aging

    Monday, July 11, 6 p.m.
    Traverse Area District Library
    610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    G.T. Humanists will hold a discussion on the general state of eldercare in the nation, and in Grand Traverse County specifically.

    Kim Bauml, Senior Care Consultant/President at Options for Senior Living LLC, and Sharon Neumann, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist/Consultant, will lead a discussion about elder care options in our community.

    Emphasizing that knowledge and thoughtful planning are empowering, the program and discussion will help to answer some of the most common questions and concerns about aging, including:

    * The status of aging as a social issue and the big picture politically
    * The economics and safety nets for patients who run out of money
    * Insurance and financial considerations to keep in mind
    * Recruiting and retaining eldercare employees
    * Easing the burden for families
    * Gerontology and palliative care options/availability
    * Resources for successful adjustment to loss and change
    * Local facility availability


  • Hungry Humanists: North Peak Brewing Co.

    Monday, July 25, 6 p.m.
    400 W. Front St., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will gather to dine on the patio at North Peak Brewing Co. Contact Marlene to RSVP at marlene.smith8@gmail.com.





  • G.T. Humanist Bike Ride: Boardman Lake Loop

    Sunday, August 7, 11 a.m.
    Hull Park
    660 Hannah Ave., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will meet at Hull Park in Traverse City to bike around Boardman Lake on the newly-opened Boardman Lake Loop trail. Since the loop is only 4 miles, we’ll then bike on the TART trail east to Red Mesa to have lunch, then bike back to Hull Park.





  • G.T. Humanist Meeting: Tour the Botanic Garden

    Monday, August 8, 6 p.m.
    Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park
    1490 Red Dr., Traverse City

    Join us for a docent-led tour of the beautiful Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park! This event is free and open to the public.

    Please RSVP to Marlene Smith at marlene.smith8@gmail.com





  • G.T. Humanist Paddle on the Lower Boardman

    Saturday, June 18, 4 p.m.
    Hull Park
    660 Hannah Ave., Traverse City

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists as they paddle the lower Boardman River! We’ll begin at Hull Park, go downstream to the mouth of West Bay, then paddle back up to our starting point. The lower Boardman is an urban trip that winds through the heart of Traverse City. Paddling this stretch of river gives you a new perspective on the city! Viewing new development and recently re-done bridges from this vantage point will be a highlight of the trip. You’ll be accompanied by trip leader Linnaea, who has spent many hours paddling this river.

    There will be one portage at Union Street Dam, and a couple tight spots at Front Street bridge and the fish weir where careful control of your craft will be necessary. Otherwise the trip is easy with no obstacles and slow current. We recommend wearing good river shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. It’s required to have a PFD with you in the boat. You’ll be responsible for bringing your own boat, paddle, and whatever else you might need for the trip. If we feel like it, there is an option to make a stop at Union Street Dam or in the Warehouse District to get food.