Monday, December 21, 2009

Snowshoe Making Classes at Ludington State Park

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a news release of Michigan DNR

The Department of Natural Resources has added three snowshoe-making classes at Ludington State Park, located at 8800 W. M-116 in Ludington, as part of its winter season schedule:
  • Sunday, Jan. 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 22, 6:30 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6:30 to 10 p.m.

All classes will be held at the Ludington State Park's Warming Shelter. Please note that some of the classes are split over two days.

Led by DNR park interpreter Allen Wernette, the classes will instruct participants in how to weave a pair of traditional wooden snowshoes that will last for generations.

"These classes are a great opportunity to learn firsthand about a Great Lakes tradition and, once the class is over, to walk away with a unique, usable keepsake for yourself or a hand-crafted gift for someone else," said Wernette. "Snowshoeing is an easy way for nature enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy the winter outdoors. If you can walk, you can snowshoe."

The class fee is $160 and includes all materials and equipment needed to make one pair of snowshoes. Class size is limited and reservations are required. Because this is an activity that requires concentration over long periods of time, the class is recommended for participants ages 16 and older.

A motor vehicle permit is required when entering the state park. Cost is $24 for a resident annual permit or $6 for a resident daily permit. For nonresidents, an annual permit is $29 and a daily permit is $8.

To make a reservation, call (231) 843-9261 or e-mail Allen Wernette
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