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  • Michigan Historical Museum’s summer Dig Campers excavate carefully to avoid damaging artifacts. Youngsters learn the basics of archaeology at Dig Camp Kids dig digging. So the Michigan Historical Museum gave a number of them the opportunity to spend a week hanging out with professional diggers. No, not heavy equipment operators or agricultural workers. Archaeologists. The museum, located in downtown Lansing, put on a pair of "Dig Camps" this summer - weeklong plunges into the world of archaeology, where youngsters learned about what archaeologists do, and don't do.
  • Devils Lake anglers Mark and Steve Dubuc chat with DNR creel clerk Shawn Spilak. DNR creel clerks collect angler data to aid in fisheries management Department of Natural Resources fisheries managers depend on data when deciding where to stock fish and when setting fishing regulations. Over the years, they've found that one of the best sources of fisheries data is the anglers themselves. Since 1985, the DNR has conducted a regular creel census at many of the state's most popular fishing locations, finding out what anglers are doing.
  • Explorer Guide Mike Latus enthralls campers with fireside storytelling at Warren Dunes State Park. Explorer Guides educate and entertain at Michigan state parks Explorer Guide, one of an army of Department of Natural Resources employees who educate and entertain visitors at 43 state parks in Michigan. Always popular with state park visitors, the Explorer programs are increasingly being regularly attended by local residents as well. For a list of state parks with Explorer programs and scheduled events, visit
  • Blue racers are among Michigan’s largest snakes. Scared of snakes? No need to be This spring, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources put out the call for people to report the herptiles - reptiles and amphibians - that they observe across the state. The request is part of an atlas project, designed to monitor the presence and distribution of "herps" across the state. Michigan is home to 18 species of snakes. None of them - except for the rattlesnake - is harmful to people.

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  • Showcasing the Department of Natural ResourcesThe DNR understands the importance of preserving and enhancing our strong outdoor heritage, and we are committed to making out door education a priority. Programs that interest women, youth and men may be found in the following articles. All are designed to help you learn more about Michigan's natural resources, in order to gain a greater appreciation of the great outdoors and have more fun in the process! Showcasing archive>  none
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