Families looking for affordable and fun things to do during spring break can find entertaining, educational hikes and activities at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park’s Gillette Visitor Center.
The park features 10 miles of hiking trails, 2.5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and a variety nature programs. Designed especially for kids, each program includes an activity or short hike. The following programs explore a variety of nature topics suitable for all ages:
- Cottontails and Other Hoppers--Learn about the lagomorph group and rodents that move in a hopping pattern, play some games and make some tracks.
- Signs of Spring--Take a short hike and explore the signs of spring.
Fast Food, A Predator's World--Watch an auctioned-packed, educational DVD and play a fun and exciting game.
- Nests, Nature’s Egg Cartons-- Enjoy a hands-on program exploring different nest styles.
- Bird Beak Buffet--Get a complete look at how birds eat. Hands-on activities and a snack included.
- Peeps of Spring--Take a closer look at Michigan frogs and toads.
- A Good Home is Hard to Find—Small kids will be thoroughly entertained with this informative and adorable puppet show.
- Wiggly Worms—Inquisitive young minds learn all about worms and put their new-found knowledge in practice as they dissect gummy worms.
For more information, contact the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center at 231-798-3573. All programs are free; however a Recreation Passport is required for entry into the park. For passport details, click here.