State parks and visitor centers around Michigan will celebrate National Kids to Parks Day – a nationwide day of outdoor play the third Saturday of May – with a variety of fun events.
Bring the kids out to these events Saturday, May 18:
- Bay City State Park – Wetland Wake-Up Field Day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). This event will include several ongoing lab stations, inside and outside, to investigate different parts of nature with hands-on projects and experiments.
- Interlochen State Park – Centennial Summer Fun Open House (noon to 4 p.m.). Get hands-on with the DNR trucks, participate in a scavenger hunt, get a selfie with Smokey Bear, try your hand at archery and casting, and much more.
- Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling – The Art of Nature (sessions starting at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.). Learn how to draw things in nature, then head outside to practice what you’ve learned.
- Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon – Dune Discovery Hike (10-10:30 a.m.). On this short hike along the Lake Michigan Trail, children will get to conduct an experiment with sand and climb the “big” dune.
- Ludington State Park – Sun Day Saturday (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Bring the family out for some fun activities that center around learning about our sun, the power plant for Earth.
- Oden Fish Hatchery Visitor Center – Explore Aquatic Invertebrates (10-11 a.m.). Actively sample what lives in the stream year-round and see the hidden life cycle of common insects.
- Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Paradise – National Kids to Parks Day Hike (1-2 p.m.). Take part in hands-on activities during a short hike around the Lower Falls. Make track books, and participate in a scavenger hunt!
- Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea – Nature-based Obstacle Course(1-3 p.m.). Visit the new nature play area and join in the fun learning the basic jumping techniques of Parkour.
- Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan – Family Nature Hike (1-2 p.m.). Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring on a family friendly hike on the hatchery’s nature trails.