Current Offerings

Tours of the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center
School groups are invited to take advantage of our guided tours, which last approximately two hours. Groups are divided into 2-3 smaller groups to rotate through the archery and pellet range, the exhibits inside the Center, and a guided nature hike (weather permitting).

Thanksgiving Turkey Program
DNR Park Interpreter Ed Shaw will visit local schools at no charge. Students will learn about the wild turkey, including history, ecology, physiology. Afterward, we'll use plastic cups to make fun turkey calls for the students to take home! All materials are provided. This program is appropriate for grades K-5. Download the printable flyer.

Tours of the Platte River State Fish Hatchery
Fish hatcheries and weirs play an important role in helping to keep Michigan's lakes, rivers and streams one of the greatest freshwater fisheries in the world. Students will experience firsthand how the DNR collects eggs and raises fish. The program ties in history, ecology, biology and stewardship. The weir, part of the Platte River State Fish Hatchery, is located in Beulah in Benzie County.

Your Tour of the Platte Weir Includes:
After a brief overview, school groups will be rotated through the stations and spend a few minutes at each station. DNR staff conducting the egg take will take a few moments with each group to explain what they are doing.

This tour is typically available during the third week of October.

Project WILD
Project WILD is a preschool through 12th grade environmental and conservation education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources. A perfect addition to classroom units or nature center programming, using lessons that get attendees outside. Give your students or participants the tools to become citizens that make better informed natural resource decisions. Learn more about Project WILD.

Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree teaches about both the natural and built environment-forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, community planning, and culture to name a few. The materials are multi-disciplinary and aligned with national education standards and Michigan GLCEs.

Recognized for more than 30 years as a leader in environmental education, Project Learning Tree teaches students how to think, not what to think about our environment. PLT enhances critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision making skills. Learn more about Project Learning Tree.

Making a Reservation
Teachers, please call the Center in advance to schedule your program at 231-779-1321 or email