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Mother Nature's Halloween Trail, Oct. 19, incorporates fun and learning at Bay City State Recreation Area

Contact: Valerie Blaschka, 989-667-0717 or Ed Golder, 517-335-3014
Agency: Natural Resources

Oct. 2, 2013

Bay City State Recreation Area will hosts its annual guided hikes on Mother Nature's Halloween Trail on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2-8 p.m. on the Andersen Nature Trail.

Mother Nature's Halloween Trail is a fun, educational adventure for kids and families, featuring a guided walk along a pumpkin-lit nature trail. Along the way, participants will encounter "animal actors" portraying popular Halloween-themed animals such as bats, wolves, spiders, rats and more. But these animals may not be as scary as you think - guests will learn all about how these creatures got their frightening reputations and why they're actually helpful to humans and our environment. The animals along the nature trail are portrayed by the talented Hemlock High School and St. Charles High School skits and drama teams.

Participants are encouraged to come dressed in costume. Free children's Halloween wildlife crafts, refreshments and a special treat for children will also be offered at this event.

Mother Nature's Halloween Trail begins at the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center in the day-use area of Bay City State Recreation Area, 3582 State Park Drive, in Bay City. This event is free to attend; however, a Recreation Passport - available at the booth near the day-use entrance or at the campground office - is required for all vehicles entering the state park.

For more information about Mother Nature's Halloween Trail, please call the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center at 989-667-0717.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking "YES" for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, nonmotorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can enjoy real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($30.50 annual; $8.40 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan's outdoor recreation and natural resources at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport. For information on Passport Perks shopping discounts or how businesses and retailers can enroll in the program, visit www.michigan.gov/passportperks.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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