As winter melts into spring, you can find adventure and exercise in Muskegon’s P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. The park features ten miles of hiking trails, two-and a-half- miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center and nature programs suitable for all ages and interests. The Visitor Center will be the meeting place for the Exploring Nature programs. Each program includes an activity or short hike.
The following programs are scheduled for March and April:
Dune Fitness Terraining
Teens and adults gear up for this one and a half-hour hike over varied dune terrain. Bring your fitness band.
Spring Forward Hike
See signs of spring, hear the story of Hoffmaster homesteaders and learn about dune formations.
All Things Green and Lucky Hike
Kids help solve the mystery of the gold rocks; look for signs of spring; learn about the residents of the Hoffmaster woodland and see if you can spy the leprechauns.
Explore Mount Baldy
Discover the nested dunes inside one of Hoffmaster’s largest land features. This 1.5-hour hike will cover about two miles of challenging terrain. Not appropriate for children.
Michigan Bluebirds 101
Join the Michigan Bluebird Society for their annual Spring Bluebird Festival. Lunch provided for $5.
Peeps of Spring
Get a closer look at Michigan’s frogs and toads at this fun hand-on event designed with kids in mind.
Forest Fairies Green Tips Hike
Explore the Hoffmaster woodland with park interpreter and help her find the Earth Day “green tips”. This hike is appropriate for young children and their families and is also an excellent activity for youth and scout groups.
All children attending programs must be accompanied by an adult. All programs are sponsored by the Gillette Nature Association, located in the Hoffmaster State Park. There is no cost to attend the Exploring Nature programs; however a Recreation Passport is required for entry into the park.