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Bay City State Recreation Area Halloween event

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Bay City State Recreation Area's 18th annual Mother Nature's Halloween Trail, featuring a guided walk along a pumpkin-lighted forest trail and a chance to encounter some of nature's most misunderstood critters, will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m.           

The event is highlighted by 26 student actors, from Hemlock High School and St. Charles High Schools, portraying bats, snakes, wolves, vultures and other animals.  The actors, led by Teacher/Directors Emily Claytor, Nick Hare, and John Ostrander, will dramatize how these creatures earned their frightening reputation, why they have been misunderstood and how their existence actually benefits people and our environment.

"Mother Nature's Halloween Trail is one of the park's most popular events. It is specially designed for families with elementary-aged children, full of the magic and fun of a pumpkin lit walk through the autumn woods, entertaining and educational. Our goal is to dispel some of the myths and stories that make life difficult for these undervalued wildlife populations," said Department of Natural Resources Park Interpreter Valerie Blaschka. "Children love the animal actors. Many of last year's visitors had wonderful comments about the actors' performance, the creative costuming and how nice it was to have a Halloween event that wasn't meant to be scary." 

Organizers said the event is designed not to frighten, but to educate and entertain children and their families. Halloween treats donated by area merchants and free refreshments will be provided. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

There is no cost for this event, but a state park Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles entering the park.

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 or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non motorized 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 <

The Bay City Recreation Area is located at 3582 State Park Drive in Bay City.  For more information on Mother Nature's Halloween Trail, contact the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, located within Bay City State Recreation Area, or call 989-667-0717. 


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