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Showcasing the DNR
  • Craig Kasmer, interpreter at Hartwick Pines State Park, shows what a finished snowshoe looks like.Making your own snowshoes at Michigan state parks For the last eight winters, Hartwick Pines State Park has hosted snowshoe-building classes, where students begin with the basic materials and end up with a self-made pair of snowshoes. The class and similar others at state parks are among the most popular hands-on winter activities the DNR offers. Follow the DNR calendar to learn about classes like these and other upcoming events at Michigan state parks, historic sites and museums.
  • Close-up of cross-country skier’s boots and poles next to candle with a pink glow in background.Opportunities to ski by candlelight, lantern light are an inviting draw for visitors to Michigan state parks About 40 people, of all ages and sizes, showed up for a recent DNR candlelight cross-country skiing event at Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area. The event is one of a number of winter programs offered at Michigan state parks and recreation areas. For more information on winter programs at state parks and recreation areas statewide, visit and check out the Events and Activities section.
  • Guide Rebecca Jurczak (right) helps Merisa Muscemic, who is visually impaired, cross-country ski.Annual RAM Center event a big hit with visually impaired skiers The DNR's Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon hosted 26 visually impaired cross-country skiers for a recent Michigan Ski for Light event. The annual event, in existence since the late 1970s and headquartered at the RAM Center since 1980, pairs visually impaired – and some mobility-impaired – skiers with sighted guides to help them negotiate the course.
  • Smiling boy ice fishing, holding up a yellow perch he caught, with his mom in the backgroundGet hooked on fun, camaraderie of ice fishing Fishing is a year-round activity and when the thermometer plunges below freezing in Michigan, most anglers have little choice but to hit the hard water. If you look around in the winter and see the huge shanty towns that spring up on some of Michigan's best fishing lakes, it's obvious that a lot of people are having a lot of fun out there. It isn't that difficult to become one of them.
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  • Showcasing the Department of Natural ResourcesThe 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! Showcasing archive
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