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The Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced that the Michigan Forest Visitor Center at Hartwick Pines State Park will host its annual Forest Fest on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Forest Fest will provide fun, educational activities designed to help children and families learn about this important natural resource.
Children will receive a natural resource activity booklet and can earn stamps by visiting each activity station. Events include children’s games, exhibits and displays on a variety of forest and natural resource-related topics. Guests can also learn about the health of Michigan’s forests and find out where to go for specific questions and help managing forests on their own private land. Educational handouts will be available, providing information on forest management and health as well as tips on preventing and suppressing wildfires.
Hartwick Pines State Park is located at 4216 Ranger Road in Grayling. The Forest Fest is a free event. However, all motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a 2013 Michigan Recreation Passport.
For more information about this program or other natural resource-based and historical programs offered at Hartwick Pines State Park, visit http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=453&type=SFCG and click on the link to the Michigan Forest Visitor Center or call the Michigan Forest Visitor Center at 989-348-2537.
The $10 Recreation Passport replaces the state park sticker for access into all state parks, recreation areas and boat launches. To get the Recreation Passport, Michigan residents can check “YES” on their license plate renewal forms. The Recreation Passport also helps preserve forest campgrounds and trails, historic and cultural sites in state parks, and local parks. Where can $10 take you? Visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport for more information.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state’s environment, natural resources, and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnre.