From Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29, the Mackinaw Area Historical Society and the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council will collaborate to sponsor a five-day Discovery Camp, with the support of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Camp will begin at 9 a.m. each morning, adjourning at 3 p.m.

Children entering the 4th through 7th grades will be exposed to a variety of art, local history, music, and science experiences, led by Linda Rogers, camp director and educator, and several adult volunteers. The five fun-filled days will include local tours, organized activities, and crafting projects.

Discovery Camp Mackinaw City

Each day will focus on a different topic and will include field trips that are relevant to the topic of the day. Monday will take them on a Scavenger Hunt and a tour of the statues of prominent members of the community and the DIA Inside/Art exhibit. Campers will visit Wilderness State Park on Tuesday where they will learn about the history of the park and explore adventures within the park. Wednesday will concentrate on the Anishinabek community and culture within Heritage Village. On Thursday, campers will visit the Lighthouse Museum in Mackinac State Historic Park, followed by a tour of the new EMS facility. Finally, on Friday they will experience theater in Heritage Village. Each day will include crafts, storytelling, and singing, and will wrap up with students recording their daily adventures in a journal provided as part of the program package.

Discovery Camp Mackinaw City

Discovery Camp provides a hands-on learning opportunity very inexpensively so that students will get to know their communities better with the hope they will realize how unique the Straits of Mackinac area is. We hope to inspire learners who want to become advocates for and stewards of this special place we call home.

Tuition per child is $35, payable to MAHS. Camp registrations are limited to 24 students. Registration forms are available through the Historical Society’s website and  To receive more information about the program, call or text Linda Rogers at 231-818-2878 or email

—Press release provided by Mackinaw Area Historical Society

Kids’ Activities

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