Nature – Outdoors

Explore The Trails During Free ORV Weekends
The Michigan DNR invites off-road enthusiasts to enjoy the first Free ORV Weekend of the year this Saturday and Sunday (6/11, 6/12). Michigan residents and non-residents can legally ride DNR-designated routes and trails this weekend without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit...
Wildflower Lore At Seven Ponds
Do you know the Legend of Black-eyed Susan and Sweet William? The real medicinal and poisonous properties of wildflowers meet the romantic legends, histories and wild superstitions that surround them in wildflower folklore. You're invited to Wildflower Lore at Seven Ponds Nature Center on Sunda…
Curious Canoers
You’re invited out onto the ponds of Seven Ponds Nature Center tomorrow (5/21) at 10 AM for the first canoe trip of the season. You never know what you’ll find when you spend the day with the Curious Canoers of Seven Ponds.
Lifeguards Needed
The Lapeer County Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications for certified lifeguards at Torzewski County Park and General Squier Memorial Park.
How to Identify an Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake [VIDEO]
Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast or just someone who enjoys an occasional walk in the woods, this 60-second video will help you properly identify an eastern massasauga rattlesnake, Michigan’s only venomous species. If you're fortunate enough to come across this rare snake in the wild, the DNR wo…
Eco Days & Native Plant Sale This Weekend
Where can you do some solar observing, purchase native woodland and prarie plants, make your own trail mix before hiking the trails, build your own bird house or nesting platform, get a first hand look at bee hives, see what bugs live in the water and maybe catch a few, dissect owl pellets,
Owl Prowl
Get your flashlights and head over to Seven Ponds Nature Center this Thursday (5/12) for the annual Owl Prowl at 7:30 PM. The program begins indoors with a close-up look at a variety of owl specimens not usually seen by Seven Ponds visitors. You’ll then hike along the trails in hopes of callin…
Hunting For Morels? The DNR’s Interactive Map Could Help
Morel mushrooms commonly sprout in locations burned by wildfires or prescribed burns with a tree canopy. Grass or sunlit open areas are less likely to produce the tasty fungi. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has made available an online interactive map highlighting the state’s 2015 wild…
Earth Fair: It’s A Blue Water Thing [VIDEO]
Michigan's largest and liveliest Earth Day celebration is set for this Friday (4/29) from 9 AM - 4 PM and Saturday (4/30) from 10 AM - 4 PM at Goodells County Park. Check out video from last year's Earth Fair. There'll be earth talks and demonstrations, live animal exhibits, outdoor family entertain…

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