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Save energy this spring by planting a tree

Homes use 22% of the energy consumed in the United States, and about half of that energy goes to heating and cooling. By planting a tree in the right place, homeowners can save a substantial amount of energy and money while making positive environmental impacts, too.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Becoming an Outdoors Woman is a 3-day workshop meant to teach adult women new skills in the outdoors--but it's much more than that. It's a transformative experience, a supportive place for women to step outside their comfort zones and into the natural beauty of the outdoors. 

Haywire for a half century

Michigan’s first rail trail is 50 years old. Now, it's getting the recognition many think it deserves with a year-long celebration of its rich history.

Making family ice-fishing memories

Ice fishing is a great opportunity to bond, but it's also an amazing way to connect to nature. The quiet stillness and the raw nature lets you go at a slower pace, letting your mind calm as you spend time with loved ones.

The expanding mission of conservation officers

The need for a force regulating our natural resources became apparent at a time when most people thought those resources were in infinite supply. Today, the mission of the DNR's conservation officers has evolved to meet contemporary challenges.

Letting you in on a snowshoe secret

 “If you can walk, you can snowshoe.” Snowshoeing is an awesome, low-impact activity and a great way to get some fresh air and natural light during the winter months.

Regional collaborative efforts find unique ways to combat invasive species

Michigan is home to diverse landscapes and ecosystems, which means that challenges to those vital natural resources varies widely. When it comes to invasive species, tailoring our management plans to the specific natural features is critical. 

Skiing into the light

With a legacy that goes back more than 40 years, Michigan Ski for Light's annual ski weekend is a large gathering whose success comes from the connections and efforts of families, friends, community organizations and the DNR for weekend of cross-country skiing for people with vision or mobility disabilities.

MI Birds are your birds - working together for bird conservation

While birds are typically thought of as a sign of spring, many species can be observed throughout the winter months. Thanks to a new bird-focused outreach and engagement program called MI Birds, Michiganders can become citizen scientists and help conserve these important species.

Getting into green spaces

People who enjoy the outdoors know that being out in green spaces can be beneficial in a plethora of ways. A growing body of research on human health and happiness is confirming how good it is for us to connect with nature. Luckily, there are plently of places in Michigan where people can get into green spaces.

Storytelling connects people to Michigan's natural, cultural resources

Stories are an inseparable part of the Michigan experience. Whether told around the campfire or in a family kitchen, these stories are valuable cultural assets. Taken together, they provide a fuller picture of the rich and diverse lives – then and now – of our state’s greatest resources: its people.

Behind the scenes of the 'Wildtalk' podcast

The Wildtalk Podcast is a unique project within the DNR's Wildlife Division--it covers the division's current work and gives listeners a snapshot of wildlife conservation efforts happening throughout the state. New “Wildtalk” episodes are released the first day of each month and cover an array of wildlife- and habitat-related topics.

Feeling squirrely

Squirrel hunting may not seem like a challenge (after all, squirrels are everywhere in Michigan), but they can provide an opportunity to hone your marksmanship, get outdoors, and provide some tasty food for your table.

Tribute to an old friend

Michigan is home to over 170 million native hemlocks. These trees, not to be confused with the poisonous plant bearing the same name, are an important facet of Michigan's jeweled wilderness.

Reflecting on the centennial year - an open letter from the Parks and Recreation Division chief

Michigan state parks, forests, trails and waterways are at the core of the spirit of this Great Lakes state, and we are working hard to ensure that they endure for another century. Read this letter from Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson for a look to the past to inform our future.