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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.

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