LTC Snowshoe Outings, Dec 2014

This early snow has prompted our education coordinators to start snowshoeing early! An impromptu series of snowshoe outings has been planned for the first three weeks of December! This program is geared towards school age youth and their adult chaperones. A limited number of snowshoes are available, so please call ahead if you’d like to borrow some.Continue Reading

2014 Petoskey Turkey Trot, Nov 27th

Join us in Petoskey for our 2nd Turkey Trot celebration that will consist of a 5K Run/Walk that will start and end at Pennsylvania Park downtown. View the race route here! With the sponsor assistance from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fletch’s Buick GMC Audi, Bay Winds Federal Credit Union, Z93 and 9&10 News, The Grain Train and PrestonContinue Reading

Headlands Dark Sky Park

Saturday, Nov. 22 7 to 9 pm Guest House “Thanksgiving New Moon Stargaze” Tonight we will explore the winter constellations, hear their tales and make ready for the best stargazing tips and gear for the end of the year.

Looking for Christmas gift ideas to get your kids outside this winter?

May of these items can be found locally at Rocking Horse Toy Co.  Supporting local businesses is good for you AND your kids.  www.parentables.howstuffworks.com/slideshows/nesting/10-awesome-outdoor-toys-winter-fun/  

Winter Survival Strategies for a Grouse, a Weasel and a Flea

By Cara McDonald on February 24, 2014 We take a look at two animals and an insect for clues to how life in the wild makes it through a long, cold winter in Northern Michigan. Hibernation? Forgettaboudit. Surviving  the bitter cold of Michigan winters requires pluck, resistance—and strategy, strategy, strategy. Whether it’s plummeting into snowbanks,Continue Reading

12 Great Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

Check out this link from the Appalachian Mountain Club for some ideas on what to do with your kids during the cold winter months ahead. www.outdoors.org/publications/outdoors/2012/kids/great-outdoor-winter-activities-for-kids.cfm

Headlands Dark Sky Park

Saturday, Nov. 15 8 to 10 pm Guest House “The Lion’s Roar – Meteor Showers and More” A meteor shower takes its name from the constellation in front of which the radiant (or center point) appears, and is caused by Earth passing through the trail left by comets as they speed through our system. TonightContinue Reading

Raven Hill Discovery Center – free for families Nov 8th

FREE (Families Reaching Educational Excellence) 2nd Saturday Series: A Family Affair Noon to 4 Free admission for families.  Please no groups or organizations.   Families can explore the hands-on museum and animals indoors and enjoy the outdoor exhibits as weather permits. Questions? 231.536.3369 | 877.833.4254 | info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org

Sixth Annual ‘Headlands Challenge’, Headlands Dark Sky Park, Oct 25th

Location: Begin at the park entrance, end at the Guest House Time: 8 to 10 p.m. Each year, we park our cars, turn off the lights and head off into the dark to meet ‘Destiny’ during the Headlands Challenge and Triple Fright Night in Northern Emmet County. Walk the one-mile, dimly-lighted path through this old-growthContinue Reading

Headlands Dark Sky Program

Friday, Oct. 17 8 to 10 p.m. Guest House “The Hero’s Meteor Shower” Orion was a great hunter to the Ancient Greeks; Osiris to the Ancient Eqyptians; and in the world of Fairy Tale, he is the giant whom Jack encounters once he trades his cow for a handful of beans.