Spring Blooms in the Dunes at Hoffmaster State Park: MI

Article Posted: April 25, 2003

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Spring Blooms in the Dunes at Hoffmaster State Park

The Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon today announced its annual spring event, Spring Blooms in the Dunes, May 3-4.

Formerly known as the Trillium Festival, the event includes two fun-filled days of guided wildflower hikes, activities for children, music, colorful displays, a native wildflower sale and several special presentations.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. On Saturday, guest author/illustrator Jane Stroschin will display her art and do storytelling throughout the day, and the Organization for Bat Conservation will present a live bat program at 11 a.m. Seating for this special program is limited, so reservations are recommended. Seats may be reserved by calling the visitor center at 231-798-3573. On Sunday, join Jim McGrath of Nature Discovery for an early bird hike at 9 a. m. Meet at the visitor center parking area for this special event. Binoculars are recommended.

Native wildflowers and grasses that can add beauty to your landscape will be available for sale by the Gillette Nature Association, and the gift shop will be open both days with a selection of T-shirts, books and miscellaneous nature items. A food concession also will be available.

A state park motor vehicle permit is required for entry into the park. Permits are $4 for the day or $20 for an annual permit, which is valid at any state park. Parking is available in the parkís large beach parking area, with a free shuttle service to the visitor center. For more information, contact the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center at 231-798-3573.

Spring Blooms in the Dunes Event Schedule

Saturday -- 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - Guest author/illustrator Jane Stroschin.

10:00 a.m. - Wildflower Hikes. These guided hikes, lasting approximately 45 minutes, will leave the visitor center on the half hour throughout the day, with the last hike at 3 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - Cedar Fan Carving by Alex Chingman of Muskegon.

10:00 a.m. - Making Bat Gliders. For kids on the outdoor deck, weather permitting.

11:00 a.m. - Live Bat Program by the Organization for Bat Conservation, Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Noon - Mona Shores Middle School Fiddlers under the direction of Jerry Studacher.

1:00 p.m. - Springís the Thing: Michiganís Woodland Plants by Chuck Nelson, Sarrett Nature Center

1:00 p.m. - Making Bat Boxes. On the outdoor deck, weather permitting. Participants must be at least six years old, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Activity fee: $5. Sponsored by the Gillette Nature Association.

Sunday -- Noon to 4:30 p.m.

Noon - Wildflower Hikes. These guided hikes, lasting approximately 45 minutes, will leave the visitor center on the half hour, starting at noon, with the last hike at 3 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - Frogs of Michigan. Jim McGrath of Nature Discovery presents an up-close look at our native amphibians. Seating is limited, reservations required.

1:00 p.m. - Making Bat Boxes. On the outdoor deck, weather permitting. Participants must be at least six years old, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Activity fee: $5. Sponsored by the Gillette Nature Association.



Source: MDNR






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