• Recreation Passport logo Recreation Passport When you renew your license plate registration, you'll experience state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails, boat launches and hundreds of shopping discounts. You'll also support historic and cultural sites in state parks grants for neighborhood parks.
  • Here. For Generations.

    We all enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors — from hiking and biking to fishing and camping, bird-watching and all the other activities Michigan offers. The Michigan Wildlife Council invites you to learn how wildlife conservation and management protect and preserve our forests, waters and wildlife so they are here for generations.

Highlighted Stories

  • Close-up view of a peregrine falcon that had nested at a Lansing-area power plant. Celebrating 100 years of international bird conservation

    Piping plover. Peregine falcon. Kirtland’s warbler. These species may not be tip of the tongue for every Michigander, but thanks to a number of conservation efforts – and important legislation marking its centennial anniversary this year – these and other feathered fliers remain a big part of Michigan’s birding landscape.

  • Girl tries to determine height of a tree by gazing through clinometer, while classmates look on Marquette County students participate in forestry field day

    About 200 Marquette County schoolchildren recently got a close-up, hands-on look at how consulting foresters operate. From measuring the height of a towering pine, to aging a maple or searching for signs of forestland pests and disease, these kids learned how to see the forest through the trees.

  • Adults tour the Outdoor Adventure Center, crossing the bridge among branches in the Big Tree area DNR's urban outdoor recreation efforts touted

    Detroit recently hosted the annual convention of National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers. Representatives from 38 states – and the territory of Samoa – were treated to a tour of a number of recreational facilities operated by the DNR, or at least partially funded by various DNR grants. To a person, they were impressed.