Nature Programs

Children making plaster molds of animal tracks

A full schedule of interpretive programs and guided hikes are offered throughout the summer. Get your feet wet catching aquatic critters during the River Hunt, try out a pair of binoculars during a birding walk, or sit back and enjoy an evening slideshow from the comfort of your chair. Programs are designed for adults and families of all ages.

Schedules are updated weekly. Check our schedule online, stop by the campground offices, the host sites, the Upper Falls Fact Shack or the park headquarters.

Some examples of programs include:

Moose on the Loose
Sit back and relax while learning all about Michigan's largest mammal during this entertaining slideshow at the Rivermouth.

Outdoor Adventure
Sign up for an all-day adventure with the park interpreter. Trips include Paddling the Tahquamenon, Birding in the Backcountry, or Exploring Emerson.

River Hunt
Get down and dirty during this aquatic program. Hunt for the crayfish, insects and fish that call the Tahquamenon River their home. Be prepared to get your feet wet; foot gear is recommended. Nets are provided.

Astronomy
Clear nights at Tahquamenon present an amazing show of stars, constellations, planets and occasionally the Northern Lights. Learn how to navigate your way through the summer skies with a few handy tricks. Bring a blanket and a pillow to make yourself comfortable as we lay out on the Lower Falls parking area.

Tracks and Trails
Learn how to identify tracks that are commonly found in Tahquamenon country. Take a hike to try your ID skills and make a track to take home.

Hike Between da Falls
Join a park naturalist for a guided morning expedition along the River Trail. The four-mile hike is known for its beautiful scenery and remoteness, as well as its moderately difficult terrain. Good walking shoes are a must.

Creatures of the Night
Do you know what goes "bump" in the night at Tahquamenon? Learn about the unique adaptations nocturnal animals use to survive, and see how your senses compare. No flash- lights allowed during the program!

Bear Den Hike
Don't miss the opportunity to stick your head in an old bear den! We will carpool from the Lower Falls campground office to the Clark Lake parking area and hike from there. Learn about the life history of Michigan's black bear during a one-mile hike through the wilderness.

Geocaching
Learn how to use a hand-held GPS unit to discover hidden treasure! We will go over the basics of geocaching and head out in search of "the cache." GPS units are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own.