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Full Slate of Programs Are Scheduled for July 21-25
 

The Department of Natural Resources would like to encourage Mid-Michigan families to "Get Outdoors" and explore the natural treasures found within one of Michigan's National Registered Landmarks---Bay City State Recreation Area! Tuesday, June 16 marks the kick off for this summer's weekly interpretive Exploring Nature program series at Bay City State Recreation Area. Each week a new outdoor adventure awaits you and your family through these hands-on explorations and activities.

There is something new and different to try each week. Admission to park programs is free, but a state park motor vehicle permit is required for vehicle entrance into the park: $6.00 daily, $24.00 annual, $6.00 senior annual permit. Children can earn a free Wetlands Jr. Ranger Patch by attending any 6 programs this summer!

The following programs are scheduled for July 21-25

Tuesday, July 21 6:00PM-8:30PM Fishing in the Park: Splash into Michigan's hottest pass-time and take a friend fishing! We'll supply the poles and bait, free of charge! Diver's License required for fishing pole check-out. Prize for the best catch of the evening. Kids can take part in a different Angler Challenge activity each week, designed to teach and improve the basic skills of fishing. This week: Tips on Presentation of Bait to fish, Flip-Pitch & Casting techniques. Attend 6 evenings and receive a free Jr. Ranger Fishing Patch. Meet at the Fishing Dock on Tobico Lagoon.

Wednesday, July 22 10:30AM, Wetland Friends Adventure Hour: Find out why river otters are special and why they need wetlands to survive through stories, games, craft and outdoor exploration! Meet at the Visitor Center. 1PM, Play by the Bay: Add a little nature to your play date! The Dragonfly is the theme of this week's program. Learn about their special adaptations, where to watch for them, and why they are so much trouble for other animal populations. Fun, informative, inspirational and educational activities. Meet at the "Play by the Bay" Playground.

Thursday, July 23 10:30AM, Outdoor Explorers: An outdoor adventure designed for kids 3rd-6th grade! New Wildlife focus each week sure to "Leave No Child Left Inside"! Incorporates use of outdoor exploration equipment and fun make and take projects. Meet at the visitor center. This week's theme: Macroinvertebrates -- The Pond Monsters! 1:30PM, Archery in the Parks: Learn or perfect an enjoyable skill for those who love the outdoors! Instruction and equipment provided. Practice for accuracy and concludes with a fun competition. Only DNR bows & arrows allowed on range. Meet at the all new Archery Range located in the reserve parking lot near the visitor center.

Friday, July 24 10:30AM Wetland Friends Adventure Hour: Find out why river otters are special and why they need wetlands to survive through stories, games, craft and outdoor exploration! Meet at the Visitor Center. 1PM-5:30PM Marsh Mystery Hike: A self-guided, do it at your own pace, exploration of the park using a new trail, a new map and a new set of discovery clues each week. Designed to help you and your family explore the park trails together. This week's the focus is on Edible & Medicinal Plants. Pick up a map and a self-guided exploration key at the Visitor Center front desk any time between 1PM and 4PM. Earn a special "reward" by completing the hike.

3:00PM Outdoor Explorers: Investigate the wonder of the wetlands! A unique outdoor exploration focusing on woodpeckers. Meet at the campground host site. 6:00PM-8:30PM Archery in the Parks: Learn or perfect an enjoyable skill for those who love the outdoors! Instruction and equipment provided. Practice for accuracy and concludes with a fun competition. Only DNR bows & arrows allowed on range. Meet at the all new Archery Range located in the reserve parking lot near the visitor center.

Saturday, July 25 10AM-5:30PM, Marsh Mystery Hike: A self-guided, do it at your own pace, exploration of the park using a new trail, a new map and a new set of discovery clues each week. Designed to help you and your family explore the park trails together. This week the focus is on Edible & Medicinal Plants. Pick up a map and a self-guided exploration key at the Visitor Center front desk any time between 10AM and 5:30PM. Earn a special "reward" by completing the hike.

3:00PM Kids Kamp Kraft: A unique wetlands and wildlife exploration utilizing nature as an inspiration for art. This week learn about Michigan's Butterflies and how to ID them. Then make a colorful butterfly house for your garden. Meet at the Campground Host Site. 7PM Message From the Marsh Concert: The Dulcimer Connection, "Beyond the River of Time" A group of acoustical folk artists will perform traditional melodies handed down from Michigan's early days. Free concert on visitor center lawn stage. Bring your own chair. 8PM Nocturnal Adventures: Night Hikes, Native American Tales, Star Gazing, and Nocturnal Creatures are just a few of the topics which will be part of this Saturday night adventure into the nocturnal world of Michigan's wetland woodlands. This week's program focuses on Michigan's Bats! Meet at the Campground Host Site.

For more information please stop by the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, located in Bay City State Recreation Area, or call 989-667-0717.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations. ###

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