Exploring Michigan's Great Outdoors

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  • 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!
  • 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!

Exploring On Your Own

Mentoring Opportunities

  • Providing fun, safe ways for children and families to connect with our state's natural and cultural resources is what the DNR does every day. Here is a list of some of the opportunities that families and mentors and their matches can participate in to experience Michigan's outdoors.

  • DNR and Mentor Michigan The DNR has partnered with Mentor Michigan to provide more outdoor opportunities for mentors and their matches. Just one hour a week can make a big difference in a young person's life. Learn more about mentoring opportunities and organizations in your area. Go to www.michigan.gov/mentormichigan.

  • Mentored Youth Hunting Mentored Youth Hunting is the newest hunting opportunity in Michigan. Under this new program, there is no minimum hunting age. Mentored youth hunters are accompanied by an adult mentor who can provide one-on-one guidance in the sport of hunting, allowing for a safe and enjoyable experience. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/mentoredhunting.

  • Apprentice Hunting If you want to give hunting a test drive before investing in hunter education, apprentice hunting is for you!

Enjoying the Outdoors - Programs

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    The DNR offers nature programs and special events for families and school groups state-wide. Some programs are indoors, some are outdoors, some some are hosted events, others you explore on your own. What ever you are looking to learn about nature and the outdoors may be found here. Happy exploring!