Thursday, January 31, 2008

Hartwick Pines to Host Snowshoe Hikes

snowshoers at Hartwick Pines
Snowshoers pause in the forest
to listen to their guides,
historian Rob Burg and
park interpreter Craig Kasme
Snowshoeing is a growing popular winter activity. Whether you are a novice or an experienced shoer, join us for a hike through the Lower Peninsula's largest stand of old-growth white pines. Saturday, February 2, 2008 and February 16, 2008, 1 to 3 p.m. Please call ahead for snow conditions.

Don't own a pair of snowshoes? Some snowshoes are available to use for free - check for availability when you register.

Your afternoon begins at the Michigan Forest Visitor Center with:
     -an orientation and introduction to Hartwick Pines and
     -a short talk on winter survival and equipment.

Then, you will head into the woods, guided by either a park interpreter or a historian. Each one-mile hike, limited to 20 participants, features:
     -a discussion of the forest in winter and how winter was important to Michigan's 19th-century logging industry.
     -stops at deer beds and
     -looking for signs of porcupines and other animals that use the forest in the winter.

The hikes end at the logging museum, where participants can:
     -warm up around the "camboose," the museum's elevated fire pit
     -enjoy a cup of hot cider and
     -hear stories about "shantyboys" enduring a winter in the woods.

Participants may return to the visitor center on their own or explore other trails in the park.

This event is free of charge; however, registration is required. Please telephone the Hartwick Pines visitor center at (989) 348-2537, or TDD (517) 373-1592.

Guided snowshoe hikes also are offered on January 19 and on March 1, 2008. Cross-country ski by lantern light at Hartwick Pines on January 12 and 26, and on February 9 and 23, 2008.

Hartwick Pines Logging Museum-part of the Michigan Historical Museum System-is located eight miles northeast of Grayling, in Hartwick Pines State Park; a Michigan State Parks motor-vehicle permit is required for park entry. Here's more information about how to find Hartwick Pines.

a news release of the Michigan DNR, Jan 29, 2008
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