Reach Outdoors: Junior Duck Stamp

by Shaun McKeon, Education Coordinator Even though waterfowl season has ended here in Michigan, There is still a great way to get kids involved and keep them interested this winter.  The Michigan Junior Duck Stamp contest is currently taking place and entries can be submitted until March 15, 2015.  The Junior Duck Stamp Program is…

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Reach Outdoors: Kids Out Trapping!

by Shaun McKeon, MUCC Education Director After reading an article by my Co-worker Tony Hansen in Outdoor Life Magazine, on a trapping program that is taking place in Wisconsin and the fantastic work they are doing with youth (see article here). I decided to highlight the fur harvesting program we run at camp. The furbearer…

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Volunteers Improve Wildlife Habitat at Allegan State Game Area

Twenty-six volunteers joined staff from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division and Michigan United Conservation Clubs to improve wildlife habitat at the Allegan State Game Area on December 13. Many of the volunteers came from Boy Scout Troop 147, who joined hunters and trappers to cut down aging aspen stands so that young…

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Reach Outdoors: What is “Nature Play”?

by Shaun McKeon, MUCC Education Director Play is an essential function in the development of children. And playing outside in nature is something that every child should have the opportunity to be able to do.  As our society has shifted away from getting kids outdoors, and children are spending more and more time plugged into…

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Reach Outdoors: Fun in the Woods

by Shaun McKeon, MUCC Education Director With families getting together for Thanksgiving this week and it being the last weekend for firearm deer season in Michigan now is the perfect time to make some memories together. Taking your kids hunting is a special time when you can bond with them and hopefully share with them…

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Reach Outdoors: 10 Common Sense Tips for Being Safe in the Woods

With the opening day of firearm deer season just hours away the excitement is building, the packing is underway and most people will be keeping a close eye on the clock at the office and counting the seconds until they can get away and get the season started.  With all of the excitement it is…

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