Interpretive Programs

Fish The Hard Water!

Gather your group of friends, students, or colleagues and contact us for an ice fishing excursion on one of Northern Lower Michigan’s inland lake gems. Programs are held when ice reaches 6” thick and include information on geology, formation, ecology and stocking history of the selected inland lake as well as ice fishing safety, fishing rules and regulations. Materials such as equipment and bait are included in the program package. Fishing licenses are NOT supplied for our fishing programs. Any participant 17 years old or older is required to bring along a current fishing license and abide by Michigan’s fishing regulations. Light refreshments provided, all audiences welcomed for this 2 hour excursion.

Historic Tours of the Grounds of Oden Hatchery

We begin at the Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center, on US31 in Oden, five miles east of the City of Petoskey- site of the original 1920 Oden State Fish Hatchery. The entirely outdoor tour interprets the ‘fish that rode the rails’ on the Wolverine fish car, the reclaimed fresh water stream (once serving as ‘raceways’ to raise fish), the underwater viewing chamber, big fish pond, and one mile loop nature trail. Learn how the 3 million dollar hatchery renovation in 2002 led to the improvements and how fish hatcheries support the industry throughout the state. Travel through the 130 acre site of changing landscapes from lowland coniferous stands to upland hardwood. Enjoy the wildlife viewing opportunities of this amazing wildlife sanctuary. Access to any building will vary and depend upon available DNR staff. Portions of this one mile loop trail are not ADA accessible, all audiences welcomed for this 1.5 hour tour.

Environmental Education Workshops

If you are an educator in need of continuing education credits or a teacher wishing to share environmental educational curriculum with your students, call us for a customized program for your group. We offer programs that incorporate award-winning activities from Project Learning Tree, Project W.I.L.D. (Wildlife in Learning Development), Project W.E.T. (Water Education for Teachers), MEECS Units (Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support) or Flying WILD, all about the birds. We offer 4-6 hour certification workshops for professionals seeking certifications or CEU’s and 1-2 hour programs for teachers seeking programs for their students. Let us design the perfect program to reach your curriculum needs. Programs can take place indoors or outdoors. See the Professional Development for Teachers tab on our website for further workshop options.

Forest Therapy Guided Explorations

Forest bathing is a restorative sensory exploration typically practiced with a group of people gathered outside in a natural environment. The guided sequence is typically 2 hours long and combines rest and wandering, interspersed with facilitated group gatherings and solo time. The emphasis is on unplugging, slowing down, and awakening the senses.