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  • A picturesque section of the 5-mile RiverWalk at William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor. Outdoor recreation in the heart of the Motor City

    When it comes to good health, Detroit may have just what you need. It’s widely known that outdoor recreation - or just spending time in green spaces - is linked to improved physical, emotional and mental well-being, and the Motor City has an abundance of these healthy, outdoor opportunities available.

  • Neal Godby, DNR fisheries biologist, measures the streambed elevation of West Branch Big Creek. Spring cleaning for streams beneficial to fish habitat

    Anglers familiar with Michigan’s rivers in springtime know their steelhead fishing may be inconvenienced by swollen streams, with waters rising up to the top of the riverbanks, making access more difficult. However, Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries personnel say this high water, while causing temporary problems for anglers, actually provides essential benefits to fish habitat.

  • A visitor views petroglyphs at Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park in the Lower Peninsula. Improvements at Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park connect visitors with Native culture

    Located in the northwestern corner of Sanilac County, the 240-acre Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park is one of the few sites of its kind in the Great Lakes region. Petroglyphs are carvings on rock, in this case, made by people who lived in the area long before Europeans arrived. The park features an outcropping of Marshall sandstone with more than 100 petroglyphs carved into its surface by Native people.

  • Exhibit designer Meagan Papineau works on the new exhibit at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum. Fishhooks and microscopes: New exhibits at Michigan Iron Industry Museum bring history into focus

    A tiny, slender fishhook and a microscope so bulky it takes four people to lift it are among the interesting artifacts now on display in new exhibits at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee. The museum, which showcases the Upper Peninsula’s iron ore mining heritage, overlooks the site of the Carp River Forge, a pioneer industrial location listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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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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