Michigan state parks' 2019 centennial celebration rich with sponsorship and partnership opportunities

Contact: Maia Turek, 989-225-8573
Agency: Natural Resources

May 29, 2018

Big Sable Point Lighthouse at Ludington State ParkNearly 100 years ago, people in Michigan were rallying to protect the state’s most beautiful outdoor destinations, and on May 9, 1919, the Michigan State Park Commission was created to acquire and maintain public lands for state parks. Fast forward to today and you’ll find that generations of residents and visitors have fallen in love with these treasured natural places.

Next year marks the centennial anniversary of Michigan state parks, now more than 100 parks strong, ranging from Milliken State Park and Harbor in Detroit – Michigan’s first urban state park providing a green oasis in the heart of the city – to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, nestled in “the Porkies” and offering one of the few remaining large wild areas in the Midwest. 

As the Department of Natural Resources plans for Michigan state parks’ centennial celebration, it is opening up opportunities for partners and sponsors to join the fun and support the parks, while connecting with the more than 27 million visitors who trek to these parks every year. 

“Plans are under way for a May 2019 public kickoff and yearlong celebration of Michigan’s award-winning state parks," said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. "Michigan state parks help to define our state and consistently power one of Michigan’s biggest economic drivers – outdoor recreation.”

For this reason, the DNR is seeking partnerships that will help tell the story of Michigan state parks. Some examples include:

  • Sharing information about the centennial.
  • Underwriting portions of the educational campaign, including a video series and “around the campfire” podcasts.
  • Collaborating on creative product packaging.
  • Hosting a corporate cleanup volunteer event or a centennial display in your store or facility.
  • Partnering on a variety of events including s’mores and storytelling, geocaching challenges and vintage RV parades.

“The centennial offers a variety of ways for businesses and associations and others to get involved at the local, regional and state levels,” said Maia Turek, DNR resource development specialist.  

Depending on a partner or sponsor’s specific needs, Turek said the department can work individually with these partners and sponsors to acknowledge their involvement and/or highlight special campaigns. Partners and sponsors also will have the opportunity to direct their support toward needs like trail maintenance, green initiatives, invasive species removal landscape enhancement, facility preservation and more. 

Interested? Download the Michigan state parks centennial sponsorship opportunities at michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers or contact Maia Turek at turekm@michigan.gov or 989-225-8573 for more information. Find out how your support in 2019 can help carry Michigan state parks into the next hundred years.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

An accompanying photo is available below for download. Caption information follows.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking partner and sponsors to help celebrate the centennial anniversary of Michigan state parks. A view at Ludington State Park is shown here.