Learn all about owls at Michigan state parks' Owl Prowls

A nighttime adventure awaits this fall at Michigan state parks' Owl Prowls, where visitors can learn all about owls and go on a guided hike to try to hear or see one. Owl Prowls take place throughout the state and feature various activities from park to park. Some programs feature an educational presentation, a chance to see owl pellets and real stuffed owls up close, a fun walk in the woods with like-minded night owls, nature stories and s'mores around the bonfire.
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) park staff encourages guests to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather, since the events will take place rain or shine. Optional items to bring include something to drink, a camp chair, flashlight or miner's light, and a great outdoor or nature story to share around the fire.
Pre-registration is recommended or required, depending on each park's program. The programs are free of charge; however, a Recreation Passport is required for vehicles entering the state parks and recreation areas.
Owl Prowls are scheduled at the following local state parks and recreation areas:
Brighton State Recreation Area (Livingston County)
Saturday, Dec. 7, 5 p.m.
Meet at Chilson Pond, located behind the park headquarters building. No pre-registration is required. Brighton State Recreation Area is located at 6360 Chilson Road, in Howell. For details, call the park at 810-229-6566.
Sleepy Hollow State Park (Clinton County)
Sunday, Dec. 8, 5 p.m.
Meet at the east picnic shelter. Sleepy Hollow State Park is located at 7835 E. Price Road, in Laingsburg. To RSVP (recommended), call the park at 517-651-6217.
Waterloo State Recreation Area (Jackson County)
Friday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.
Meet at the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center. No pre-registration is required. The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center is located at 17030 Bush Road, in Chelsea. For details, call the Discovery Center at 734-475-3170 or the Waterloo State Recreation Area at 734-475-8307.
For details about these and other events at Michigan state parks, visit www.michigan.gov/dnrcalendar. To find a map for each state park (detailing the locations of visitor centers, shelters, campgrounds and other landmarks within each park), visit the DNR website's "key topics" page and choose a park from the alphabetical list.
The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking "YES" for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, nonmotorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can enjoy real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($30.50 annual; $8.40 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.
Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan's outdoor recreation and natural resources at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.



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