Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore announces Ranger program schedule
MUNISING — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, part of the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has announced its Ranger Program schedule from now through Labor Day. Programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Reservations are needed only for specified programs.
≤ 10 a.m., Beaver Program at Grand Sable Visitor Center — Discover the wonder of beavers in this program designed for the whole family. Meet the ranger at the Grand Sable Visitor Center for a engaging talk, then join the ranger for an optional short hike to a beaver dam.
≤ 2-4:30 p.m. Superior Geology Talk at Miners Castle — Whether you only have a few minutes or an hour, join the ranger at the Miners Castle overlook to look at pretty rocks, beautiful scenery, and learn about the origins of this landscape.
≤ 10 a.m., Dune Hike — Meet the ranger at the Sable Falls parking lot to discover some of the wonders of our rich dunelands. The hike is 2/3 of a mile round trip.
≤ 1-4 p.m., Bear Quiz at the Lake Superior Overlook. Test your knowledge of Michigan’s black bears with this fun quiz. Note: no program July 10.
≤ 3 p.m., Beaver Program at Grand Sable Visitor Center — Discover the wonder of beavers in this program designed for the whole family. Meet the ranger at the Grand Sable Visitor Center for a engaging talk, then join the ranger for an optional short hike to a beaver dam. Note: no program July 11.
Wednesday through Sunday
≤ 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Au Sable Light Station Guided Tours (30-40 minutes). To reach the Light Station, walk the 1.5-mile trail east from the Hurricane River Campground. There is a $3 fee and exact change is required.
≤ 7 p.m., 12 Mile Campground Talk: The Secret Life of Crows and Ravens — Meet at the 12 Mile Beach Campground Amphitheater. Ravens and crows are common birds, but how much do you really know about them? Discover the myths and facts surrounding these amazing animals.
≤ 7 p.m., 12 Mile Campground Talk: Stargazing Fun for Families — This program will prepare you for stargazing on your own when it’s dark. Meet at 12 Mile Campground Amphitheater. Note: No program Aug. 10.
≤ 10:30 a.m., Lake Superior Beach Walk — Learn about the awesome power of Lake Superior during this hour-long stroll at the water’s edge. Meet at Miners Beach (west end) parking lot. Note: no program Aug. 11 or Aug. 18.
≤ Call for starting time and to make reservation, Shipwrecks, Sandstone, Sunset and a Superior Lighthouse Evening Program — Join a ranger on a 1.5-mile walk to the light station and back. Along the way, view shipwrecks and learn the history of the area. Tour the lighthouse grounds and museum. Reservations required. $3 fee for lighthouse tour. For more information and to make reservation, call 906-494-2660.
≤ 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every other Saturday starting June 24, Into the Wilderness Canoe Expedition — Be ready to paddle and to take a quick hike to one of the least-traveled beaches in the park. Reservations required. For more information and to make a reservation, call 906-387-4310. Note: No program Aug. 19.
≤ 2-5 p.m., Bear Quiz at Lake Superior Overlook — Test your knowledge of Michigan’s black bears with this fun quiz.
≤ 7 p.m., 12 Mile Campground Talk: Bears Campground Program — Learn about Michigan’s black bears and the proper ways you can safely share the wilderness with them. Meet at the amphitheater at the 12-mile beach campground.
There will be other programs held throughout the summer. Call or stop into one of the visitor centers for more specific times and locations. On many days, rangers can also be found at the Pictured Rocks Cruise Dock.