This year officially marks the 100-year anniversary of Michigan state parks, and the Department of Natural Resources is planning a yearlong centennial celebration rounded out with special events, podcasts, historical stories, videos, geocaching and more. Here are a few ways to get acquainted with what’s happening:
Memory map – share yours!
To help capture special state park memories, an online memory map – what we call our “virtual guest book” – was created to help you share your snapshots and memories of great times spent at state parks, like the one pictured here.
Visit Michigan.gov/StateParks100 (click Explore the Map, Add your Story) and add yours to the story of state parks or read through the 500-plus memories already submitted.
Campsites can be booked up to six months in advance, and overnight lodging (100-plus cabins, yurts and lodges) can be made up to a year in advance. Reservations can be made atMiDNRReservations.com.Camp or day trip
Looking forward to creating memories during the centennial year? Book your favorite park or explore one you haven’t yet visited! Or, make it a day trip. Grab your tent, hiking shoes, backpack, bike, rod, paddle or camper and explore one of Michigan’s 103 state parks.
Events and programs
The centennial celebration is chock full of special events and programming – all geared toward celebrating this awesome milestone. A number of state parks will host special centennial-themed events across the state, and a brand-new Centennial GeoTour program starts May 23 and includes 100 new geocaches. In addition, a campfire storytelling project will kick off in May, featuring seasoned storytellers and attendees sharing their favorite state park stories. Each event will be recorded and shared in a podcast.
Shop for centennial souvenirs and merchandise
Looking for a keepsake that captures the nostalgia and spirit of Michigan’s state parks centennial? Much of our centennial gear is already rolling out, including Stormy Kromer hats, T-shirts, posters, stickers, tote bags, patches and more.
Visit Goods4Mi.com to see centennial gear and our collection of These Goods are Good for Michigan partners who help raise awareness and support for the DNR. A portion of proceeds from the sales of these goods goes back to state parks, trails and waterways.
We invite you to join in and celebrate our rich state park history and take an energizing look forward as we mark this milestone year together. Visit Michigan.gov/StateParks100.