Stepping into the wild

It’s hard to believe that some children, especially those living in urban areas, have never experienced Michigan’s great outdoors. “Every day is a wonderful day for me because I get to watch the faces of children who have never once been out in Michigan’s waters, woods or on a nature hike. But once they’re out […]

Rocky Mountain Elk at the Outdoor Discovery Center

Morning Mix – FOX17 Tuesday March 14, 2017 The Outdoor Discovery Center is one of the many places in Michigan where people can embrace and explore wildlife. The preserve has 155 acres of land, and through animal ambassadors, scenic trails, and educational programs, they work to teach the community how to preserve the wildlife for future […]

Discover the great outdoors in a surprising indoor place in the D

Live in the D – WDIV Monday, March 13, 2017 The Michigan Department of Natural Resource's Outdoor Adventure Center, located in downtown Detroit, seeks to give visitors a taste of Michigan’s great outdoors through hands-on activities, exhibits and simulators, allowing its visitors the chance to experience exciting outdoor adventures in the heart of the city. […]

Enjoy Outdoors Year Round

WDIV - Live in the D Friday, February 17, 2017 The E.L. Johnson Nature Center hopes to foster a sense of stewardship in young people, so all Michiganders – and our wildlife – can continue to enjoy our state's natural resources for generations to come. They do this through their interactive educational exhibits and seasonal […]

Wild turtles protected at Blandford Nature Center

Morning Mix – FOX17 Tuesday, February 14, 2017 The Blandford Nature Center has over 140 acres of wildlife right in the heart of Grand Rapids. Their goal is to educate, engage, and empower the community to be stewards of the natural world. They do this by introducing visitors to their animal ambassadors who can no […]

Exploring the Beauty of West Michigan

eightWest - WOODTV Wednesday, February 8, 2017 The Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center in West Olive is a great place to not only learn about Michigan’s wildlife, but also to interact with it, both indoors and out! The center is just one of the many recreational opportunities Ottawa County Parks has to offer. Ottawa County is […]

Father, son share a special bond

TUSTIN – Most parents only dream about this gift of time. For years now, Mark Romanack and his 21-year-old son, Jake, have traveled the roads together in their Dodge Ram pickup. They talk. They laugh. They plan a future. And when they arrive at their destination, they fish. “When we get a call that there’s […]

Top Michigan Wildlife Stories of 2016

Congratulations, Michigan! As 2016 comes to a close, we’re proudly celebrating what we believe is the best year ever of highlighting the rich and diverse stories that herald the amazing opportunities Michigan offers to experience our great outdoors and enjoy our state’s unique wildlife habitats. Together, we waded streams and helped conserve our waters with […]

Michigan boasts strong outdoor heritage

CLARE –  On the surface, it’s just a story about a boy and his grandfather walking in the woods together, enjoying the tranquil splendor of Michigan’s great outdoors. The warm spring day…a flock of turkeys eating near the forest’s edge…the boy’s deep concentration as he scans the landscape in front of him while his grandfather […]

Bringing Nature Into the Classroom

MyWestMichigan, The Exchange – WZZM Friday, September 23, 2016 Now that the school year is in full swing, there are many opportunities to bring the outdoors into the classroom! The Michigan Department of Natural Resources provides a variety of educational programs and resources for teachers of all grade levels. Hannah Schauer, Wildlife Education Technician, stopped […]

Encouraging the growth of archery

Live in the D – WDIV Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Bryan Farmer, Deputy Director for the City of Farmington Hills Department of Special Services, and Kathy Garland, Archery Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, talked to Live in the D host, Tati Amare, about archery's recent growth and how the DNR can help […]

Michigan Trails Week the perfect time to get outdoors

Not exactly the outdoorsy type? Well, how about test-driving Michigan’s great outdoors along one of its many scenic trails? Whether you like to walk, run, bike or ride, the Great Lakes State has a rail trail, bikeway, riverwalk or trailway for you. And fall is the perfect time to get out and discover your favorite […]
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