The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Recreation Division has been honored by the National Association of State Park Directors.
The association recently gave its 2012 President’s Award to the agency in recognition of its Recreation 101 program—a popular and growing series of instructional events and workshops that encourage residents and visitors to get out, learn new recreation skills, and enjoy the outdoors.
The award honors statewide organizations that have made an extraordinary contribution to the goals of a state park system.
According to DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson, the Recreation 101 program, which is currently in its second year, has proved to be an excellent example of a successful collaboration between many sectors of the recreation community.
“Recreation 101 has grown from 87 events in 2011 to more than 300 introductory programs in 2012, offering almost everything from archery to windsurfing, that have led people into our parks and recreation areas, and also into a healthy, more active lifestyle,” Olson said.
He added that the program has reached thousands of people in the last two years and has involved a successful partnership between volunteer instructors and nearly 100 Michigan outdoor recreation businesses.
The award was presented during the National Association of State Park Directors’ annual conference that took place September 4-7 in Lexington, Kentucky.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
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.
Michigan is rolling out the “green” carpet to welcome everyone to the woods and waters! Recreation 101, or “Rec 101,” is a series of intro-to format classes taught by DNR staff or expert volunteers from organizations, guide services, outfitters, and more.
These volunteers offer their time and knowledge at no charge to the DNR or the participants. The program began with state parks in 2011, and is offered statewide in 2012 in Michigan State Parks as well as community recreation agencies through collaboration with the Michigan Recreation and Park Association.
By checking “YES” for the $10 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate, Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, nonmotorized state trailhead parking, and state boat launches.
In addition, Recreation Passport holders can enjoy 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 ($29 annual; $8 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store.
Another thing I like to do is sit back and take in nature. To look at the birds, listen to their singing, go hiking, camping and jogging and running, walking along the beach, playing games and sometimes being alone with the great outdoors. It’s very special to me.