Snowshoe Lacing Workshop at Hartwick Pines State Park
Winter is fast approaching and it is time once again to think about winter recreation such as snowshoeing. Hartwick Pines State Park near Grayling is hosting three, two-day snowshoe-lacing workshops Dec. 11 and 12, Jan. 15 and 16, and Feb. 26 and 27. This is your chance to lace your own pair of snowshoes. All three workshops will be held at the Michigan Forest Visitor Center at Hartwick Pines.
Snowshoe styles available will be the Green Mountain Bearpaw snowshoe (36 inches long by 10 inches wide, with no tail), which will be made at the December and January workshops, and the Ojibwa snowshoe (54 inches long and 11 inches wide, canoe-shaped with a pointed, upturned toe), which will be laced at the February workshop. While building your shoes, you will learn about the history of snowshoes, their use and why they are a popular pastime in Michigan. You will also receive detailed instructions to finish your shoes if they are not completed at the class. The workshops are informal; wear comfortable clothes and bring along a sack lunch. The park will provide a variety of hot beverages.
Due to limited space, reservations are required for all classes. Reservation deadlines are: for the December workshop, Dec. 6; for the January workshop, Jan. 3; and for the February workshop, Feb. 15. Please call the Michigan Forest Visitor Center as soon as possible. The total cost is $160. A $25 deposit is required to secure your spot; the remainder is due at the workshop. For additional information and to have a registration packet sent to you, please call (989) 348-2537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other programs offered at Hartwick Pines this winter include cross-country skiing by lantern light on Jan. 15 and 29 and Feb. 12 and 26, and guided snowshoe hikes on Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5 and 19, and March 5. For more information, please call (989) 348-2537 or visit www.michigan.gov/hartwickpines and www.michigan.gov/loggingmuseum. Hartwick Pines State Park is located at 4216 Ranger Road in Grayling.
Beginning Oct. 1, the $10 Recreation Passport replaces the state park sticker for access into all state parks, recreation areas and boat launches. To get the Recreation Passport, Michigan residents can check “YES” on their license plate renewal forms. The Recreation Passport also helps preserve forest campgrounds and trails, historic and cultural sites in state parks, and local parks. Where can $10 take you? Visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport for more information.
Historical interpretation at Hartwick Pines is provided by the Michigan Historical Center. The Michigan Historical Center is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Its museum and archival programs help people discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage. It includes the Michigan Historical Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/museum.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, accessible use and enjoyment of the state’s environment, natural resources and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnr.