Michigan's Great Outdoors
- Making your own snowshoes at Michigan state parks For the last eight winters, Hartwick Pines State Park has hosted snowshoe-building classes, where students begin with the basic materials and end up with a self-made pair of snowshoes. The class and similar others at state parks are among the most popular hands-on winter activities the DNR offers. Follow the DNR calendar to learn about classes like these and other upcoming events at Michigan state parks, historic sites and museums.
- Opportunities to ski by candlelight, lantern light are an inviting draw for visitors to Michigan state parks About 40 people, of all ages and sizes, showed up for a recent DNR candlelight cross-country skiing event at Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area. The event is one of a number of winter programs offered at Michigan state parks and recreation areas. For more information on winter programs at state parks and recreation areas statewide, visit www.michigan.gov/stateparks and check out the Events and Activities section.
- Annual RAM Center event a big hit with visually impaired skiers The DNR's Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon hosted 26 visually impaired cross-country skiers for a recent Michigan Ski for Light event. The annual event, in existence since the late 1970s and headquartered at the RAM Center since 1980, pairs visually impaired – and some mobility-impaired – skiers with sighted guides to help them negotiate the course.