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Park programs and amenities

Costume and pumpkin Contest winners

Park programs and amenities

Michigan's parks are so much than just a park! We have events, programs, classes, activities and amenities for people of all ages, interests and abilities. Come stay for a few nights or just for the day.

Featured event

Run for the Trees, Happy Little 5K design with drawing of Bob Ross' face and trees

Happy Little Trees (Virtual) 5K registration

Run, walk or roll! You have between April 22 (Earth Day) and April 26 (Arbor Day) to complete your Run for the Trees: Happy Little Trees (Virtual) 5K – that's 3.1 miles! – on foot, or by bike, skate or paddle or using a mobility device. You pick the pace and the place, anywhere outdoors!

Registration is $36 and includes your keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, finisher’s medal, commemorative bib number and shipping.

All race proceeds support tree planting and forest protection efforts in Michigan state parks.

Register for 2024 Happy Little (Virtual) 5K »

Event calendar

Check our event calendar to find what is happening at a park near you. On the calendar you will find events such as Halloween festivals, lantern lit hikes, outdoor skills classes and more.

Explore events

A trail with steps lit up at night with colorful lights

Programs and classes

Harvests and Haunts

Many parks hold fun fall and Halloween events. Some are only for registered campers, so book early as these dates fill quickly!

Nature programs

Many of our parks offer seasonal outdoor education programs. Schedules will also be posted in the parks.

Dark Sky

Go stargazing at a dark sky preserve or join us for Meteors n S'mores during the Perseid meteor shower.

Outdoor Skills Academy

Hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities, from hunting and fishing to hiking, birding and much more.