Take kids back in time in Michigan State Parks program
By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
LANSING, MI (WNEM) -
Imagine going back in time to live like a lumberjack. Or surviving in Michigan's wilderness as part of a pioneer family. You could even travel back in time to the 1870s and live in a fort.
Family Day Camps is a new program offered by Walker Tavern, Hartwick Pines State Park and Fort Wilkins Historic State Park. It provides a few hours a day of stepping back in time for children and adults during select weeks this summer.
"These programs are a way for us to showcase Michigan's different history stories with participating or nearby state parks," said Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Center. "We encourage campers or parents or grandparents looking for an 'edu-vacation' experience this summer for children to take advantage of these programs."
Family Day Camps will take place at:
Walker Tavern, June 20-22. At this former stagecoach stop between Detroit and Chicago, participants will enjoy a three-day Family Day Camp that focuses on Michigan's pioneer days. Basic survival skills, like using a compass and reading a map, will be taught on the first day, followed by a day of learning how the pioneers lived, and the final day will focus on making and recording memories.
The cost is $20 per day or $50 for all three days per child. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge for accompanying adults. Programs are appropriate for children ages 7-12, and all programs run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walker Tavern is located at the junction of US-12 and M-50 near Brooklyn and just down the road from Hayes State Park. Pre-registration is required and can be done by contacting Cheryl Valentine via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, 517-467-4401.
Hartwick Pines State Park's Logging Museum, July 9-11. This three-day Family Day Camp at Hartwick Pines State Park near Grayling will focus on Michigan's lumber camp days. Participants will learn to make a log mark, use the cross-cut saw, load a log sled, how to be a timber cruiser, and how to cook and eat like a lumberjack.
The cost is $20 per day or $50 for all three days per child. The programs are appropriate for children 7 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge for accompanying adults. The programs will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. To register, contact Rob Burg via email, email@example.com or phone, 989-348-2537.
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, July 11-12; July 24-25, Aug. 1-2. Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula near Copper Harbor, will be the site of two-day Family Day Camp sessions that will have participants step back in time to the summer of 1870 to experience life at the fort. The living history workshops include tours of 150-year-old buildings where participants will learn to wash clothes, grind coffee, dance and play games common to the time period. Costumed interpreters will interact with participants to re-create life at the fort in 1870.
The cost is $25 for one day or $50 for both days per child. Sessions run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The program is appropriate for children 9 years and older. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge for the accompanying adult. Space is limited to 25 children per workshop. To register, contact Barry James via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, 906-475-7857.
The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking "YES" for the $10 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, nonmotorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can enjoy real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($29 annual; $8 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.
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