Learn how to borrow new Michigan state park Explorer Packs for outside adventures

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

Explorer Packs, loaded with tools and activities for outdoor learning, are now available for rental at eight state parks and recreation areas.

The packages are sponsored by the environmental education program Project Learning Tree and include a compass, binoculars, Michigan species identification pamphlets, an activity guide and more.

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

Packs are currently 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 out by visiting the ranger station at these parks.

For more information on the Michigan Project Learning Tree, visit michiganplt.org.

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