Did you know the Michigan Department of Natural Resources manages 4.6 million acres of public land? That includes state forests, parks, and game areas – possibly some of your most cherished locations in Michigan. With so much land to manage, it’s important the community does all it can to help keep our environment pollutant-free and thriving. To do so, you can take part in National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Created by the National Environmental Education Foundation, National Public Lands Day is a day dedicated to the resilience and restoration of our public lands. This year marks the 25th annual celebration and without the help of public land managers, volunteers, and other stewards our public lands would not exist the way they do today. Take this opportunity to explore your community’s public spaces and help make our public lands thrive by enjoying all that nature offers.

Looking for ways to celebrate or volunteer? In Michigan, there is a designated event in Empire at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where volunteers will have a chance to build a new National Park Service trail on Saturday, Sept. 29. All ages are welcome to attend this volunteer effort!

Whether you plan to clean up a park, hike a trail, or create your own event, engaging with the outdoors on National Public Lands Day is the perfect way to celebrate our public lands in Michigan and across the country.

Not sure where to go? There are amazing destinations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to explore. Or, if you’re looking for the perfect fishing spot, look no further than a few of these state fisheries. You can also check out one of these new Michigan hotspots that just popped on the radar. Wherever you go and whatever you do, enjoy the great outdoors!

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