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Sat, 27 March 2010
10:00 AMto4:00 PM
Sat, 26 March 2011
10:00 AMto4:00 PM

Hartwick Pines State Park’s Michigan Forest Visitor Center and the Logging Museum Present Maple Syrup Day on March 26, 2011, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plan to spend the day at Hartwick Pines State Park to enjoy learning about North America’s oldest agricultural product, maple sugar! Visitors to the park will be able to:

• walk into the sugarbush to help tap a maple tree,
• observe the boil-down process which converts maple sap to maple syrup,
• learn about the history of maple sugar making in North America,
• view videos titled “Maple Sugar Farmer,” “Maple Sugaring” and “The Maple Sugaring Story,”
• ask an expert about how to start making maple syrup and tap trees in your own backyard.
• taste maple sap and the finished maple syrup, and
• purchase genuine maple sugar candy and syrup.

Children can participate in tapping a maple tree and will learn how to build their own mokuk. A mokuk is a birch bark container in which native peoples transported maple sugar. Making a paper mokuk replica provides a history lesson and discussion about how European settlers learned of the Native Americans’ sugaring culture.

Tree tapping demonstrations will take place at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 in the Sugar Bush and some visitors will be able to help us tap the maple trees.

Visitors will be able to taste maple syrup and sap, smell the aroma around an outside evaporator pan and welcome spring at this educational and fun event. Maple recipes will be available for those wishing to savor the sweetness of the day.

The Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Hartwick Pines State Park cosponsor this special event.

There is no fee for this event, but you must have a state park sticker for entry.
CONTACT: Rob Burg or Craig Kasmer
TELEPHONE: (989) 348-2537

Sat, 23 January 2010
12:00 PMto3:00 PM
Sat, 06 February 2010
12:00 PMto3:00 PM
Sat, 20 February 2010
12:00 PMto3:00 PM

Are you interested in learning about the forests of Hartwick Pines and Michigan in the winter? You now have a chance to experience the forests in the deep snow! Hartwick Pines State Park will again be offering several guided snowshoe hikes through the Old Growth Forest. Snowshoeing is a growing popular winter activity and these hikes will give visitors of Hartwick Pines a chance to try-out snow shoes and hike through the Lower Peninsula’s largest stand of old-growth White Pines, guided by a park interpreter or historian to learn about the forest in the winter and to hear how winter was important to Michigan’s logging industry in the 1800s.
The hikes begin at the Michigan Forest Visitor Center with an orientation and introduction to Hartwick Pines, a short talk on winter survival and equipment, and then depart from the auditorium of the visitor center for the woods. The hike is approximately one mile and will head through the old growth forest of white pine and hemlock and stop at deer beds, look for signs of porcupines and other animals that use the forest in the winter, and stop at the logging museum, where participants will have a chance to warm up with a cup of hot cider around the “camboose”, the elevated fire pit at the logging museum, and hear stories about the “shantyboys” enduring a winter in the woods. Participants may return to the visitor center on their own or explore other trails in the park.
Three guided hikes will be offered Saturdays; January 23, February 6 and 20, beginning at 1pm and lasting until about 3pm. The hikes will be limited to twenty participants for each hike, so advance registration is required. The hikes are free, but please call the Visitor Center at Hartwick Pines at (989) 348-2537 or stop in at the Visitor Center (normally open daily 9am to 4pm, but with limited hours during the holidays) to sign up. Some snowshoes are available to use for free, however check for availability when registering.

Sat, 16 January 2010
6:00 PMto9:00 PM
Sat, 30 January 2010
6:00 PMto9:00 PM
Sat, 13 February 2010
6:00 PMto9:00 PM
Sat, 27 February 2010
6:00 PMto9:00 PM

Hartwick Pines State Park will again be offering special evening ski events where skiers will have a chance to enjoy one of the park’s groomed ski trails by lantern light. If you have visited Hartwick Pines during daylight hours throughout the year, these evenings will definitely give you a different perspective of the park. The ski nights will be from 6pm to 9pm on the Saturday evenings of January 16 and 30, and February 13 and 27, 2010.
Over 75 lanterns will be lit along the 1.25 mile, groomed cross-country ski trail. The Michigan Forest Visitor Center will be open and visitors are welcomed to “thaw out” (or cool down) in our warming room where hot beverages (cider, tea, coffee and hot cocoa) and snacks will be offered. There is no charge to participate in these evening ski events however a daily motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park.
If you cannot make it to these evening events, please come visit us during the day and enjoy skiing on over 15 miles of groomed cross country ski trails. Other events at Hartwick Pines this winter include guided snowshoe hikes on January 23, February 6 and February 20. For further information and for current ski and snow conditions, please contact the Michigan Forest Visitor Center at (989) 348-2537.

Sat, 29 May 2010
1:00 PMto5:00 PM

The annual Watershed Art Project Spring Art Walk will be held this year on the Saturday of Memorial Weekend which is Saturday, May 29th from 1:00 – 5:00pm.   Many of the downtown businesses will accommodate one or more artists to display, demonstrate and sell their artwork. The Art Walk has been a successful collaboration between businesses and artists.  For more information on the Watershed Art Project and other events in 2010, please visit them online @

The Apollo’s Lyre Art Gallery is preparing a unique artistic treat for visitors during the 2010 Spring Art Walk.  Located on the NE corner of Michigan Ave. and the I-75 Business Loop, the Apollo’s Lyre Art Gallery is the first Fine Art Gallery in Grayling, the AuSable Artisan Village.  Visit us online at

A special event consisting of the visual, written and audio works of Michigan artists will be premiered to coincide with the Art walk. A total of 12 award winning artists will be displaying their artistic interpretations of each verse of AnnMarie Rowland’s poem, DAWN.  This poem depicts the transition from night to dawn over a northern Michigan lake, giving the artists numerous opportunities to interpret the sights, sounds and feelings described.  One or two, 2D or 3D images will depict each of the 16 verses of the poem.  As visitors tour the gallery perusing the art works, they will hear the poem being read by author Christopher Knight.  All art work will be available for purchase.

The following artists will be participating:  Terry Dickinson – Kim Diment – Bernie Dosch – Carolyn Dubuque – Vickie Durfee – Nancy Faust – Jackie House – Mike Hyrman – Karla Kirkland – Judie Komraus – Rod Lawrence – Ken Wright

This special display will be on view until June 30th and all purchased works of art may be picked up after that date.

Sat, 15 May 2010

The Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Festival, “A Celebration of Nature”

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pre-registration: A fee of $5 for the purchase of a Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Festival button is required for everyone 15 years old or older for entry to presentations and for the guided bus tour. There is NO pre-registration required to attend the festival. If you wish to attend the festival, just come to the Kirtland Community College campus on the days of the festival.

The Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Festival is sponsored by Kirtland Community College in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

More information will be posted as it’s available.

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