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Michigan Activity Pass gives residents free access to parks, attractions

Michigan residents now have the opportunity to explore hundreds of state parks, campgrounds, museums and activities for free or a discount with the swipe of their library card.

Representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Recreation and Park Association and The Library Network unveiled its Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program at the Kent District Library Cascade Township branch on Monday, June 8.

The pass allows library cardholders throughout the state to gain free or discounted access to 385 sites and numerous events.

“It’s an economical way for a family to get outside or try some of the different programming you can do,” said Suzanne Allen, BCBSM director of community responsibility. “Not everybody’s going to run a marathon. I think this program offers people an opportunity to try different things as a way to be healthy.”

Here’s how it works: Visit the Michigan Activity Pass website, enter a ZIP code, address, library or destination in your starting location, along with maximum number of miles from there and your library name.

A list of participating locations will then pop up on your screen. Select a specific location and “get pass” to see availability. A library card number is required to complete the pass request.

There are a limited number of passes available at each of the locations, and are to be used within a week. If your preferred location is “sold out,” then organizers encourage you to explore another one on the list.

“We long believed that the library is a wonderful place to enrich your mind inside and now you can use this wonderful pass to enrich your body outside,” said Lance Werner, director of Kent District Library. “We’re always looking to inspire and motivate people to get out and be engaged. We’re really excited to be part of this.”

Since the year-round program launched during the Memorial Day weekend, organizers have seen more than 200 passes used in a single weekend, according to Jim Pletz, director of The Library Network.

“It’s all online if you know how to use a computer,” he said. “And if you don’t, come to your public library and they’ll teach you how and access the pass for you as well.”

Elissa Buck, recreation programmer for the DNR parks and recreation division, said the activity pass differs from the recreational passport residents may purchase when renewing their license plate tabs.

“This is for families who have never been to our state parks before and are hesitant to buy that recreation passport — or for families who can’t spend that in their budget,” she said. “We hope that people will come out and explore our state parks and use that opportunity to get active and enjoy our natural resources.”

Read more at: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/06/michigan_activity_pass_gives_r.html

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Safe Bowhunting Tips

Michigan’s bowhunting season opened, Oct. 1, and the Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are sharing tips for a safe bowhunting experience.

“Bowhunting is a popular pastime in Michigan and we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable hunting season,” said Sgt. Tom Wanless, supervisor of the DNR’s hunter education program. “There are some common-sense safety tips every hunter should review before heading to the woods.”

The top safety tips for bowhunting are:

– Before you go out, inspect equipment, including your tree stand. If anything is worn, frayed, cracked or peeling, replace it or get it fixed. If using a compound bow or crossbow, make sure the cables and pulleys are in good working order.

– When sharpening broadheads, be careful and take your time.

– Practice tree-stand safety. Nearly every year, a Michigan hunter is killed or seriously injured because he or she fell out of a tree stand. The DNR recommends using a full-body safety harness to get into and out of your tree stand.

– If using a tree stand, always use a haul line to raise and lower your gear.

– Keep arrows in the quiver until you are ready to use them. A common injury is to stab or injure yourself or a hunting companion while carrying arrows in your hand or nocked on your bow.

– Obtain permission from a landowner before hunting on his or her land, or using their land to access public land.

– Never take a shot at a deer that is beyond the maximum effective range at which you are comfortable shooting.

– If you are successful, field dress your deer and cool its meat immediately. Michigan’s unpredictable weather means we sometimes have warm October days. Warm temperatures can cause the meat to spoil quickly.

– When heading out to the woods, make sure you tell someone reliable where you are going and what time to expect you back. This information is valuable in helping conservation officers or sheriff’s deputies to find you if you are lost.

– Also, think about carrying a cell phone, a compass, a flashlight and other small safety items when in the woods.

For more information about Michigan’s conservation officers, go to http://www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers. For more information about hunting in Michigan, go to http://www.michigan.gov/hunting.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to http://www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Read more at: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153–338544–rss,00.html

Enjoy Perseid meteor shower at state parks Aug. 9-16

Enjoy Perseid meteor shower at state parks Aug. 9-16

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites residents to grab their blankets and head to participating Michigan state parks Aug. 9-16 to enjoy one of the biggest and most visible astronomical events of the year: the Perseid meteor shower.

Some state parks in Michigan are staying open late and offering “Meteors & S’mores” events in honor of this natural light show. Many of these events feature astronomy presentations, as well as – you guessed it – s’mores. A few participating parks also will offer free movies to complement this natural light show.

Meteors & S’mores events are scheduled at the following state parks (counties). Parks with an asterisk next to the name will offer a free movie before the meteor shower:

Saturday, Aug. 9

Sunday, Aug. 10

Tuesday, Aug. 12

Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • Young State Park (Charlevoix), 10 p.m. (park baseball field across from loop 4)

Thursday, Aug. 14

Friday, Aug. 15

Saturday, Aug. 16

 

For more information about Meteors & S’mores events at Michigan state parks, please check the state park event listings at www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors, or contact Elissa Dennert at 989-313-0000. For specific information about a state park, please contact the park directly.

There is no charge to attend Meteors & S’mores, but a Recreation Passport is required for any vehicle entering a Michigan state 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 $11 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, non-motorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can experience 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 ($31 annual; $9 daily) at any state park or recreation area or (annual passes only) through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan’s outdoor recreation and natural resources at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport. For information on Passport Perks shopping discounts or how businesses and retailers can enroll in the program, visit www.michigan.gov/passportperks.

DNR waives fees for recreation activities during Summer Kickoff, June 7-8

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the 2014 Summer Kickoff, with a variety of recreation activities across the state. During Summer Kickoff, fees will be waived for some of the state’s most popular outdoor activities, making it a great time to grab a fishing pole, ride an ORV or enjoy a day in the outdoors at a state park. The DNR Summer Kickoff includes:
–    June 7-8 is Free Fishing Weekend, when all fishing license fees are waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations still apply. Learn more at http://www.michigan.gov/freefishing.
–    June 7-8 is Free ORV Weekend, when ORV license and permit fees are waived for off-road vehicles. Anyone (resident or nonresident) may ride an ORV for free, but all ORV laws still apply. Find a trail at http://www.michigan.gov/orvtrails.
–    June 8 is free entry to all 102 Michigan state parks; no Recreation Passport required. Pack a picnic, bring some sand toys and make a day of it. This is the only day of the year when there is no vehicle entry fee for the state parks. Camping fees still apply for overnight visitors. Find a park near you at http://www.michigan.gov/stateparks.
In addition to waiving fees for recreation activities, the DNR will offer more than 50 fun outdoor programs and events throughout Michigan during Summer Kickoff, including:
–    National Trails Day – Saturday, June 7. Take a Walk in the Park with Blue Cross Blue Shield and the DNR in honor of National Trails Day. With events taking place statewide, this is a great opportunity to enjoy a scenic walk with friends, family and neighbors. All events are part of the MI Big Green Gym campaign. Learn more at http://www.mibiggreengym.org.

–    Michigan Boating Week – June 7-14. This weeklong campaign offers many opportunities to get started with boating or get back into it. Michigan Boating Week also aims to educate boaters about how to become stewards of the water. This is a partnership between the DNR, the Michigan State Waterways Commission and the Michigan Boating Industries Association. Learn more at http://www.michigan.gov/boating.
The DNR calendar lists hundreds of events throughout the summer, most of which are free with a Recreation Passport. Be sure to check out all the event listings at http://www.michigan.gov/dnrcalendar.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking “YES” for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at http://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. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($31 annual, $9 daily) at any state park or recreation area or (annual passes only) through the Michigan e-Store at http://www.michigan.gov/estore.

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan’s outdoor recreation and natural resources at http://www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.