Michigan state parks act as summer classrooms

This year the State Park Explorer Program will conduct three "themed" weeks and one special summerlong program. Under the clear night's sky, campers from Warren Dunes State Park gather on the shores of Lake Michigan. Above the stars glisten, below Mike Latus hosts his "Sky Watch" program. "I have several volunteers to help me aim […]

Class is in session at Michigan state parks

For most students, school is out, but that does not mean learning has to stop. People of all ages have the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor learning activities taking place at state parks and recreation areas across Michigan this summer. Topics cover anything from black bears to astronomy and everything in between. […]

Kayaking offers unique peek at Detroit

Grab a paddle and take a new look at the Big D. Kayaking is surging in popularity in metro Detroit, thanks to cleaner water, municipal infrastructure improvements, kayak rentals, guided tours and affordable watercraft. We’ve lived in the Detroit area for 21 years. When we started paddling, there was really no one else out on […]

Habitat management allows diverse species to thrive

How do we preserve Michigan's wildlife for future generations? We do it together, one habitat at a time. "From forest managers and farmers to hunters and biologists, Michigan is committed to conserving habitat for wildlife, helping to protect and enhance the species that are part of our natural heritage," said Matt Pedigo of the Michigan […]

The Grand River becoming a paddlers’ paradise

Some days, it just depends which way the wind is blowing. GR Paddling gets a call from folks interested in kayaking near Grand Rapids but who are unsure which tributary might make the best adventure. That’s where Jeff Neumann comes in. “We’ve got 21 different reaches to pick from on five different rivers – nine […]

Numerous outdoor events on tap for Memorial Day Weekend in Michigan

It's been a long, long winter. So if you're itching to get outdoors this Memorial Day weekend, who could blame you? "Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Here in Michigan, it's a big weekend for people who love the great outdoors," said Matt Pedigo of the Michigan Wildlife Council, which recently kicked off […]

Wildlife in the city! – 3 FREE family fun adventures

Just because you live in Metro Detroit doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors. If your family is looking for fun – and free – adventures this spring and summer, there are plenty of great things to do right here in the Big D. “It’s important that every family in Michigan gets the chance […]

Michigan conservationists aim to lift monarch populations

Dan Kennedy fondly recalls that when he was a kid he commonly saw monarch butterflies while he was outside playing. Now, in his position as endangered species coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, it’s his job to help ensure that future generations will experience the pleasure of similar encounters. But he’s not alone. […]

Osprey Paparazzi

Birds attain celebrity status after resurgence in Southeast Michigan MILFORD – It’s a fascination. Every day, March through October, photographers of all ages, races and skill levels haul their cameras, tripods and folding chairs down to the shores of Wildwing Lake in Kensington Metropark. And they wait. “They call us the ‘Osprey Paparazzi’ because on […]
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