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Virtual Education Outreach

There are many ways for Mackinac State Historic Parks to impact your students in the classroom. Click the links below for information on our award-winning outreach programs, new programs being offered virtually this school year, and education and lesson plans. All of the links below are for VIRTUAL education outreach. Please click here for information on in-person outreach programs. 

Virtual Education Outreach: Historic Mackinac on Tour

Part of Mackinac State Historic Parks’ educational outreach program for over 20 years, Historic Mackinac on Tour allows students to explore the complex cultural relationships that powered 18th century Michigan. See how Anishnaabek, French Canadian, and British residents cooperated and compromised with one another as part of the Great Lakes fur trade and participated in a global economic and cultural exchange. This is a VIRTUAL program. Target audience: 3rd Grade.

Virtual Education Outreach: Women at Michilimackinac

Women at Michilimackinac were not bystanders to the 18th century fur-trading community. In this program students will be introduced to women from diverse backgrounds that all had an integral role in making the Straits of Mackinac a successful fortified trans-shipment point. This is a VIRTUAL program. Target audience: 5th Grade.

Virtual Education Outreach: Slavery in Colonial Michigan

This program will allow students to critically examine the daily lives of enslaved Native American and African people living and working in places like Michilimackinac in the 18th century, and how systems of enslavement contributed to early Michigan history. This is a VIRTUAL program. Target audience: 5th Grade.

An interpreter at Colonial Michilimackinac at present dressed as a grenadier.

Virtual Education Outreach: The Revolutionary War in Michigan

People from Michigan played a critical role in the American Revolution. This program will allow students to explore their motivations for participating in the war, and will provide an overview of the numerous contributions the Anishnaabek and other indigenous people made in shaping the outcome of the Revolution. This is a VIRTUAL program. Target audience: 5th Grade.

A young deer in winter.

Virtual Education Outreach: Winter in Michigan's North Woods: Amazing Animal Adaptations

In order to survive winter, animals in the North Woods of Michigan adapt in many amazing ways. This interactive presentation will explore what plants and animals need to survive, the climate of our region, and why the seasons change. Using animal mounts, photos, and stories we’ll investigate the adaptations of animals such as owls, grouse, otters, fox, and beaver. This program is sold out for the 2022-23 school year.

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Lesson Plans and Educational Resources

A variety of supporting materials you can use for your classroom are available for you at any time.