State Park Explorers

  • State Park Explorer Program

    • Schedule of Nature Programs in Michigan State Parks & Visitor Centers kids learning about sand dune ecosystemsThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers nature programs and special events for families and school groups at 10 visitor centers state wide. Interpretive naturalists and educators cover topics from the wonder of wetlands to sand dune ecology, why we need trees and more! In addition to these interpretive programs, we offer seasonal nature programming in 40 other state park and recreation areas. Find the facility nearest to you and you'll find out what's going on in nature this week!

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    Special Programs and Activities

    • Hook, Line and Sinker: Learn to fish with the DNR

      Whether you have some angling experience or have never picked up a pole, "Hook, Line and Sinker" is a great way for youngsters to spend a summer evening with their friends and family. We supply everything you will need!

    • Feathered Friends Weekend, June 24-26, 2016

      This year is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act which was enacted to provide federal protection to bird species.

    • Michigan Mammals Week, July 11-17, 2016

      Michigan is home to hundreds of wild mammals. Join us every July to learn about these whily rascals , where they live what they do and eat and how they entertain themselves.

    • STOP the Invasives Week, August 1-7, 2016

      Invasive species are non-native species that have the potential to become established, spread widely and cause ecological or economic harm or even pose a risk to human health.


    Recreation Passport

    • Get Your Recreation Passport

      The Explorer Program is another benefit of the Recreation Passport program. Buy your Recreation Passport every time you renew your license plate!



Join the Team

  • Become an Explorer Guide

    • State Park Explorer Guides

      Work for the State Park Explorer Program and share your love of the outdoors with others!

    • State Park Explorer Specialist

      Explorer Specialists serve as regional program coordinators for the DNR’s State Park Explorer Program, a summer interpretive-education program offered in over 40 of Michigan’s state parks.