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Michigan Adventure - Discover Our State Symbols

Discover our state symbols with the Yak!

Michigan Adventure! coverThe Detroit Free Press first published Michigan Adventure! Discover Our State Symbols during Michigan Week 2002. Follow the Yak as he rides a farm wagon to an apple blossom-filled orchard, goes fly-fishing for brook trout and finds out how nature made Petoskey stones. The Michigan Historical Center is delighted to share these stories with you, thanks to the Free Press. They are PDF files.

The pages are printable quality with colorful graphics. Some may take considerable download time, depending on your Internet connection. The # symbol indicates approximate wait time from least (#) to most (###). Some are large pages; click "fit to page" in your browser's print window.

On the wing to hear robins sing page image. Yak, Detroit Free Press

On the wing to hear robins sing 

State Bird: Robin
Named in 1931
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At the quarry, the Petoskey stone tells its story page image. Yak, Detroit Free Press At the quarry, the Petoskey stone tells its story

State Stone: Petoskey Stone
Named in 1965
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Deep in the forest, the white pines whisper page image. Yak, Detroit Free Press Deep in the forest, the white pines whisper

State Tree: White Pine
Named in 1955
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Below the surface, Kalkaska sand shines page image. Yak, Detroit Free Press Below the surface, Kalkaska sand shines

State Soil: Kalkaska Sand
Named in 1990
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Wading in the water, waiting for the brook trout page image. Yak, Detroit Free Press Wading in the water, waiting for the brook trout

State Fish: Brook Trout
Named in 1988
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Look out, here come the white-tailed deer page image. Yak, Detroit Free Press Look out, here come the white-tailed deer

State Game Mammal: White-tailed Deer
Named in 1997
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Down by the marsh, painted turtles hatch page image. Yak, Detroit Free Press Down by the marsh, painted turtles hatch

State Reptile: Painted Turtle
Named in 1995
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Where is the dwarf lake iris page image. Yak, Detroit Free Press Where is the dwarf lake iris?

State Wildflower: Dwarf Lake Iris
Named in 1998
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Polishing makes stone into a star page image. Yak, Detroit Free Press Polishing makes stone into a star

State Gem: Greenstone (Chlorastrolite)
Named in 1972
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Down at the orchard the apple trees bloom page image. Yak, Detroit Free Press Down at the orchard the apple trees bloom

State Flower: Apple Blossom
Named in 1897
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The State Fossil is a Giant page thumbnail image

The State Fossil is a Giant

State Fossil: Mastodon
Named in 2002
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State flag says it all for Michigan page image. Yak, Detroit Free Press State flag says it all for Michigan

State Flag and Coat of Arms
Third flag adopted in 1911
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Yak's Corner is geared for young readers 6 to 13 and also can be ordered for classroom delivery as part of the Newspapers in Education program. For more information, visit the Newspapers in Education web site.

Published with permission. The information on these pages may be used by students for their school projects (except web sites). The pages and their contents may not be reproduced on any web site or for further printed distribution without the written permission of the Detroit Free Press.

Contact the Michigan Historical Center.

Updated 05/06/2010

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