With summer officially begun, the state parks are offering a variety of fun and educational programs every day of the week. Looking to get active? Check out a Fresh Air Fit program and enjoy the many additional benefits of taking exercise outdoors, including better mood, greater physical challenges and more vitamins, just to name a few.
Visitors can also enjoy free introductory recreation classes through the DNR’s Recreation 101 program. These classes provide all the equipment and instruction necessary for novice outdoor enthusiasts to try something new, like archery, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing and much more. Some parks also offer Recreation 202 programs, which provide more in-depth instruction and outdoor experiences for a small fee.
Below are just a few of the events scheduled in the state parks this July:
Power Flow Yoga at Aloha State Park
Sundays, 7:30 p.m.
Muscle Beach Bootcamp at Bay City State Recreation Area
Tuesdays, 9 a.m.
Tai Chi at Mears State Park
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.
Power Flow Yoga at Burt Lake State Park
Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. & Thursdays, 9 a.m.
Trail Form Running at Sleepy Hollow State Park
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Summer Boot Camp at Interlochen State Park
Thursdays, 7 a.m.
Tae Kwon Do at Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area
Starting July 7: Mondays, 10:30 a.m.
Movie night at William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor
July 8, 6 p.m.
Sunset Paddle at Island Lake Recreation Area
July 17, 6 p.m.
Astronomy 101 at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
July 22, 11 p.m.
Ice Skating 101 at Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area
July 24-26, open skate all day, Ice Skating 101 at 2 p.m. each day
Archery 101 at Proud Lake Recreation Area
July 26, 10 a.m.
For details about these events and more, visit www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors. Many state park programs are free of charge, but a Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles entering state parks.
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