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Learn the art of sand sculpting at state parks in southwest Michigan this summer

Contact: Phil Higgins, 989-313-2190, or Sarah Lapshan, 517-241-1736
Agency: Natural Resources

May 23, 2013

Professional sand artist Janet Schrader, also known as "the Sand Pirate," will be touring the state parks in southwest Michigan this summer to teach park guests how to make fantastic sand castles, complete with windows, doors, towers and stairs.

The classes are offered as a part of the Department of Natural Resources' Recreation 101 program, which offers free, introductory lessons on topics such as archery, kayaking and many other recreational activities. Shortly after the Sand Sculpting 101 programs, Schrader will offer Sand Sculpting 202 classes that will offer more in-depth instruction and will cost $6 per person.

Sand Sculpting 101 takes place from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at each location, followed by Sand Sculpting 202 from 12:30 - 2 p.m. The schedule for the classes is as follows:

Saturday, June 1: Warren Dunes State Park (Berrien County)
Saturday, June 8: Van Buren State Park (Van Buren County)
Sunday, June 9: Holland State Park (Ottawa County)
Saturday, June 15: Ludington State Park (Mason County)
Sunday, June 16: P.J. Hoffmaster State Park (Muskegon County)
Monday, June 17: Muskegon State Park (Muskegon County)
Tuesday, June 18: Duck Lake State Park (Muskegon County)
Thursday, June 20: Grand Haven State Park (Ottawa County)
Wednesday, August 7: Silver Lake State Park (Oceana County)
Thursday, August 8: Charles Mears State Park (Oceana County)

Equipment is limited for these classes, and advance registration is required. To reserve your space in the course, contact Janet Schrader at sandpirate@sbcglobal.net. Cash or check will be accepted as payment for Sand Sculpting 202.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking "YES" for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, nonmotorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can enjoy real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($30.50 annual; $8.40 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan's outdoor recreation and natural resources at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport. For information on Passport Perks shopping discounts or how businesses and retailers can enroll in the program, visit www.michigan.gov/passportperks.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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