Showcasing the DNR

  • Grassland buffer strip planted along agricultural field The wonder of grasslands

    Perhaps one of the most underrated habitat types in our great nation is the grassland. Grasslands are so much more than empty fields – they provide great benefits to wildlife and to people as well.

  • two bikers, a man and a young girl, ride along Lake Superior on Iron Ore Heritage Trail Biking trails offer many options to get outside and explore 'The Trails State'

    May is National Bike Month, a great time to discover both the benefits of bicycling – among them, improving your physical and mental health, cutting down on pollution, saving money on gas and getting outdoors – and the many beautiful places you can explore in Michigan on a bike.

  • close-up photo of a monarch butterfly on a flower Monarch butterflies winging their way north to Michigan

    Soon we’ll be welcoming back to Michigan one of the most distinctive signs that summer is on its way – the brightly colored monarch butterfly. Monarchs are on their way north from Mexico, where they spend the winter months. One of the most well-known and beloved butterfly species in North America, with their easily recognized orange and black wing pattern, monarchs have become a much less common sight in recent decades as their populations have drastically declined.

  • Volunteer tree planting - lady digs hole while two girls stand with tree seedlings ready to plant The seeds of tree appreciation are rooted in Michigan

    While Arbor Day may be the only day of the year specifically set aside to celebrate trees, the importance of trees is something many organizations focus on year-round. A good number of these organizations spearhead volunteer efforts, many in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, to plant trees for the benefit of Michigan’s wildlife and communities around the state.

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    The DNR understands the importance of preserving and enhancing our strong outdoor heritage, and we are committed to making out door education a priority. Programs that interest women, youth and men may be found in the following articles. All are designed to help you learn more about Michigan's natural resources, in order to gain a greater appreciation of the great outdoors and have more fun in the process!

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