Northern Michigan Events: Nestled in the hills of Antrim County in Northern Michigan, the Grass River Natural Area (GRNA) encompasses lakes, a meandering river, rushing streams and crystal clear creeks, and is a haven for plant and animal life, including both rare and endangered species. This natural eco-guardian project lies midway on the renowned Chain of Lakes waterway, a connector of Torch and Clam lakes, and Lake Bellaire. Grass River Natural Area is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk, and is splendid to visit during autumn's color tour.

Here are some ways that you can experience this awesome natural beauty with friends and family this October:

Sunday Stroll

With flamelike leaves contrasting against cerulean blue waters throughout the GRNA, fall is a spectacular time to take part in the year-round-offered Sunday Strolls. Enjoy a leisurely walk along one of Grass River's many trails with a naturalist as your guide, while exploring the diverse natural habitats that are home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. Strolls begin at 1:00 p.m. and all ages are welcome

Leaf it to Grass River

Each month, the GRNA picks a different theme and holds Saturday classes dedicated to the exploration of the month's topic. October's theme is a free program about Grass River Natural Area's fabulous fall foliage titled "Leaf if to Grass River." These nature classes at the GRNA are great for children, adults and families visiting and living here in Traverse City, Elk Rapids, Bellaire, Alden and the areas around Torch Lake, Clam Lake, Lake Bellaire and Elk Lake. Classes begin at 1:00 p.m. on October 6, October 13 and October 20, 2012.

Autumn Fest

Bring the family for a fun-filled afternoon at Grass River Natural Area on Saturday October 27, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for their free Autumn Fest. Children and adults alike will take delight in the haunted hike, family-friendly games, autumn crafts and more!

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