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  • Craig Kasmer leads visitors to the sugar bush at Hartwick Pines State Park on Maple Syrup Day. Maple Syrup Day a cure for cabin fever at Hartwick Pines State Park Not a lot of people associate March with state parks, yet the last Saturday in March is one of the biggest days of the year at one of Michigan's premier state parks. At Hartwick Pines State Park, Maple Syrup Day attracts hundreds of visitors for demonstrations of the syrup-making process – from tree tapping to sap boiling – and the opportunity to buy Michigan-made maple syrup.
  • Green frog, partially underwater, with head and top of body above the water. Michigan frog and toad survey hits 20-year mark Michigan's amateur herpetologists will go afield over the course of the next several months, listening for the songs of frogs and toads across the state. This annual survey – now in its 20th year – is proving to be an important tool, as wildlife officials try to keep track of what's going on with the state's amphibians. The surveys give the DNR indications of the direction of population trends for the various species in Michigan.
  • line of students with bows and arrows in front of targets, ready to shoot for archery tournament Archery in the schools program 'just keeps growing' More than 600 students participated in the 2015 statewide archery tournament for youngsters in the National Archery in the Schools Program. The program is designed for students in fourth through 12th grades. It's about archery as a recreational activity, a sport and a learning experience. According to the teams' coaches, it's succeeding on all those levels.
  • Working within a fen, volunteers at Brighton Recreation Area cut invasive plant glossy buckthorn. Volunteers lend essential support to state parks' effort to eliminate invasive plant species A crew of volunteers at Brighton Recreation Area recently cut down invasive glossy buckthorn and treated the stumps with an herbicide that will kill the plant, allowing the native species to prosper. Brighton Recreation Area is one of many state parks where volunteers help maintain and preserve the natural habitat through stewardship days. For more information, check out the DNR's Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays.
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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>  none
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