How to Borrow Michigan State Park’s New Explorer Packs for Outdoor Adventures

Select Michigan State Parks have a new way to make your outdoor adventures even better.

“Exploration packs,” filled with tools and activities for outdoor learning, are now available to borrow at eight state parks and recreation areas.

Sponsored by the Project Learning Tree environmental education program, the packs come with a compass, binoculars, Michigan species identification pamphlets, activity guide, and more.

“We were hoping that parents, potentially, would come check them out with their kids and then hike and use the tools, but honestly anyone could check them out,” said Ada Takacs, volunteer engagement specialist at Michigan. Project Learning Tree. “We intend to see how people use them, and we want to add them in the future.”

Currently, the packs are available at Bay City, Sleepy Hollow, Port Crescent, Wilderness, Warren Dunes, and Tawas Point State Parks, as well as Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation Areas. Visitors can check them by visiting the ranger station of these parks.

To learn more about Michigan Project Learning Tree, visit


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