Enjoyable State Game Areas

Michigan is in full bloom, everything is green, and the weather is wonderful. Summer is the perfect time to explore the outdoors. There are many ways to enjoy nature, such as bird watching, hiking, foraging, fishing and boating. The presence of protected wildlife areas gives us access to these activities and protects wilderness for years…

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The History of Earth Day

Earth day was created as a community-based change confronting pressing environmental concerns. In 1970, the year of the first Earth Day, the Cuyahoga River caught on fire due to the high concentration of pollutants, the coast of Santa Barbra was covered in oil, DDT was reducing the population of songbirds and raptors and whales were…

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The Great Grasslands of Michigan

Grasslands provide many amazing ecological functions. A wide range of different grassland community types is found across Michigan. Sadly, due to a misguided viewpoint from the 60s, fires as a management tool have been suppressed across the region. This lack of fire has allowed trees and woody vegetation to take over many grasslands. Common culprits…

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Staff and Volunteers Wanted

As April begins, preparation for the summer 2022 season at the Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp is beginning to kick into a higher gear. Camp Director Ashley Carmichael has been busy recruiting new staff at college job fairs and working through the hiring process. She has a few more to attend this week, but we still…

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Camp Scholarships Available

As camp registration rolls on, we wanted to share two scholarship opportunities available for children to join us down at Cedar Lake this year. The Riley Wilderness Youth Camp scholarship and the Connor Shea Memorial Scholarship both provide full scholarships for one week at camp. Applications for either scholarship can be found here. Riley Scholarship Opportunity:…

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Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp is Hiring!

As we announced a few weeks ago, The Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp is back for the 2022 season.  We are currently registering campers for six weeks of conservation education and fun down at Cedar Lake in Chelsea.  To learn more about the programs and to sign up a child in your life for a week…

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Camp is Back

After two years of being unable to operate our traditional programs, we are excited to announce camp is back. The Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth camp will be resuming its traditional overnight week-long programming for the summer of 2022. We are looking forward to once again hosting nearly 400, 5-15-year-olds at the Cedar Lake Outdoor Center. Registration…

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Michigan Out-of-Doors Completes Successful Youth Pheasant Hunt

On Saturday the 28th, 15 youth hunters assembled on a stormy morning in Marion, MI at Tails a Waggin.  The group and their parents had traveled from all over the state to participate in a pheasant hunting opportunity.  With a mix of ages ranging from 12-17, both boys and girls began rolling into registration by…

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Camp Clean-up 2021 Recap

Over the last few weeks, the staff and volunteers have been busy down at Cedar Lake. After being closed for nearly two years, there was lots of work to be done to get the property ready for our upcoming day camp programs this June. From picking up new taxidermy to getting our archery and rifle…

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