Brimley State Park is one of the oldest parks in Michigan and is a great place to provide your children with a fun but educational introduction to the outdoors and nature in general.
Get Ready to Go Camping
A day trip is always fine but if you want to instil in your children a genuine love and appreciation for the beauty of wildlife then the only way to do that is to let them experience living in it. Thus, you have to gear up for camping. Camping at the park is very affordable and you can even enjoy discounted rates during the off-season. There are mini-cabins available as well as 237 camping sites, some equipped with 50 AMP electricity hook-ups. If you’re afraid of roughing it completely, don’t worry because the campgrounds also offer free use of modern restrooms.
Children are bundles of excessive energy and instead of letting them tire you out, you can turn the tables around...in a good way of course. Start early from camp for a hiking trip around Brimley State Park. Although the park doesn’t come with established trails, the grounds are still fairly safe and easy to explore as long as you have sufficient experience.
There’s also an abandoned railroad corridor nearby that can add a sense of excitement and adventure to your hiking expedition. While exploring the area, you can take the time to educate your children about the different flora and fauna that you come across. Let them know what their natural habitats are, how they survive, and what various man-made activities are endangering their lives.
Brimley State Park is home to quite a number of aquatic species including walleye, bass, northern pike, perch, and whitefish. Fishing is normally a bit too “passive” for children’s tastes but there’s a way you can make it more fun for your children. Teaching them neat tricks about baiting should do the trick. You can also turn your fishing trip into a competition and reward the first one to have a great catch.
While waiting for a bite, you can entertain your children with stories about the different fish species they can expect to encounter, how they interact with each other, and what would happen if the life cycle or food chain became unbalanced due to man-made activities like dynamite fishing.
Brimley State Park also offers other recreational activities such as boating and skiing, both of which give your children the ability to view the area with a different but equally delightful perspective.
Submitted by Belle Arzadon, camper, nature lover and writer September 2010.