Family Day Camps, a new program offered by Walker Tavern, Hartwick Pines State Park and Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, will provide a few hours a day of stepping back in time for children and adults during select weeks this summer.
“These programs are a way for us to showcase Michigan’s different history stories with participating or nearby state parks,” said Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Center. “We encourage campers or parents or grandparents looking for an ‘edu-vacation’ experience this summer for children to take advantage of these programs.”
The first Family Day Camp took place at Walker Tavern, June 20-22. At this former stagecoach stop between Detroit and Chicago, participants enjoyed a three-day Family Day Camp that focused on Michigan’s pioneer days. Basic survival skills, like using a compass and reading a map, were taught on the first day, followed by a day of learning how the pioneers lived, and the final day focused on making and recording memories.
Upcoming Family Day Camps will take place at:
|Hartwick Pines State Park (Pure Michigan photo)|
The cost is $20 per day or $50 for all three days per child. The programs are appropriate for children 7 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge for accompanying adults. The programs will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. To register, contact Rob Burg via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, 989-348-2537.
|Fort Wilkins State Park (Pure Michigan photo)|
The cost is $25 for one day or $50 for both days per child. Sessions run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The program is appropriate for children 9 years and older. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge for the accompanying adult. Space is limited to 25 children per workshop. To register, contact Barry James via email, email@example.com or phone, 906-475-7857.
Information about all Family Day Camps can be found online at www.michigan.gov/museum.
Sites located in state parks require a Recreation Passport to enter the park. For more information on the Recreation Passport, go to www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.