Grateful Snowshoe Benefit, Feb 14th

Northwoods Family Nature Club Winter Shelter Event, Feb 1st

Sunday, Feb 1st, 10 am to noon Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center, 5745 M-66 in East Jordan Come build a small igloo-style shelter from hundreds of homemade bricks of ice.  Collect empty, rinsed half-gallon cardboard milk or juice cartons and bring them along for this ongoing project. Walks around the property will be encouragedContinue Reading

Challenge Mountain Winter Festival, Jan 31st

Join in the winter fun on Saturday, January 31st from 11AM – 4PM!         Mark your calendar for the Challenge Mountain Winter Festival, a FREE community event with activities that are fun for all! Enjoy horse drawn sleigh rides (11AM – 1:30PM) Maneuver the trails on a dog sled (2PM – 4PM) Experience the thrill of skiingContinue Reading

Kids Helmet Safety in Northern Michigan

By Jennifer Ritter on December 12, 2014 Children are adventurous by nature. Fun and play is their work, and for many the idea of fun also equals thrill! For children, teens and some adults, a “thrill” comes from doing something fast and maybe even a bit dangerous. This is normal human nature and shouldn’t beContinue Reading

Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Kids

By Eliza Foster on January 13, 2015 The Grand Traverse Bay YMCA in Traverse City has been open at their new location for several months and they brought several of their popular programs to the new space when they moved, including the Youth WOW program. The program was established in 2009 and focuses on weightContinue Reading

10 Places to Cross Country Ski in Northern Michigan

By Eliza Foster at With snow finally accumulating around Northern Michigan, the groomed cross country ski trails are perfect! Strap on a pair of skis and take in the great outdoors up close as you glide along several groomed trails. From Traverse City to Boyne Falls, we’ve compiled a list of 10 places to cross country skiContinue Reading

Torchlight Snowshoe Outing, Camp Daggett, Jan 31st

Experience the solitude of the wilderness as you snowshoe by torchlight at Camp Daggett from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Afterward, come in from the cold for a cup of hot chocolate, freshly baked cookies and to warm-up by the crackling fire in camp’s beautiful main lodge.  This event is sponsored by Bearcub Outfitters toContinue Reading

Nordic Ski Series at Nub’s Nob, Jan 7th-Mar 11th

Looking for a free classic or skate ski lesson for kids ages nine and over?  How about for parents?  Great local event!

Moonlight Snowshoeing

Written by Jim Joque Published on February 4, 2012   Clement C. Moore expressed it poetically in The Night before Christmas when he wrote, “The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the luster of midday to objects below.”  I think of this passage just about every time I snowshoe on a moonlitContinue Reading

Snowshoeing Games

Written by Jim Joque Published on March 22, 2005 Basketball, volleyball, football or kickball, you name it and it can be played in the snow on snowshoes.  All you need is a little creativity and modification to the rules.  The bases were loaded and a large orange beach ball was being rolled on a beaten-downContinue Reading