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Outdoor fitness and education programs set at Michigan State Parks

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With spring finally upon us and summer on the way, the Michigan State Parks have announced a series of outdoor programs that offers the chance to get outdoors and the opportunity to learn a new skill.

First up is the most popular program the State Parks offer, Recreation 101. Set across the state, Recreation 101 brings outdoor lovers together with professional instructors in activities ranging from archery to windsurfing. Best of all the programs are free and all needed gear is supplied by the instructor.

For more information on the locations and dates of the programs, head to the Recreation 101 website.

Back for a second year is the program Fresh Air Fit which takes the workout outdoors. Various studies undertaken in the United States and the United Kingdom have shown a direct link between exercising outdoors and health benefits beyond getting in shape. It has also been noted that those who take part in outdoor exercise programs have reduces levels of depression, confusion and tension.

Fresh Air Fit programs being offered range from yoga and tai chi to trail running. Many of the classes fill up fast and preregistration may be required. For a complete listing of classes along with fees and other information go to the Fresh Air Fit webpage.

Below is a listing of some of the upcoming programs being offered:

Recreation 101

May 9-10

May 13

May 23

Fresh Air Fit

May 9-11

May 17

  • 11 a.m.-noon – Spring Renewal Yoga Tune-Up Gerald E. Eddy Discover Center at Waterloo Recreation Area (Jackson County)

May 30-June 1

A Recreation Passport is required for entry into Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas. The annual pass can be purchased when Michigan drivers renew their vehicle license plates at a cost of $11.

The Recreation 101 program is operated by instructors who volunteer their time and the park system is always looking for new programs to offer. Those interested in volunteering as a Recreation 101 instructor should contact recreation programmer Maia Turek at (989) 225-8573 for more information.

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