Learn more about the Lifeways Institute

The Great Lakes Lifeways Institute was founded in 2009 with a vision to embrace our region’s rich cultural and biological diversity, to draw strength from our roots, and to enrich the lives of residents of West Michigan and broader Great Lakes Region through cultivating a sense of place.  We believe that in order for our communities to protect and preserve this beautiful region, we must seek to understand its uniqueness, historically, culturally, and ecologically.   Interaction leads to understanding.  From understanding comes value... and how can we protect and care for what we do not value?

Our Mission

To preserve and share the heritage of the land, traditions, arts, and culture of the Great Lakes Region as an enrichment of our communities and an investment in future generations.

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