Twilight Turtle Trek

Mackinac Island Turtle Trek – A lantern-lit ski and snowshoeing trek through some of Mackinac Island’s natural winter wonderland. The trail begins at Greany Grove (corner of Arch Rock Road and Huron Road) with a bonfire and hot chocolate. The trail is groomed, track set, lit by lanterns and approximately two miles long. This is a free event sponsored by Mackinac State Historic Parks, Mackinac Island Community Foundation and the Mackinac Island Ski Club.

Twilight Turtle Trek

Mackinac Island Turtle Trek – A lantern-lit ski and snowshoeing trek through some of Mackinac Island’s natural winter wonderland. The trail begins at Greany Grove (corner of Arch Rock Road and Huron Road) with a bonfire and hot chocolate. The trail is groomed, track set, lit by lanterns and approximately two miles long. This is a free event sponsored by Mackinac State Historic Parks, Mackinac Island Community Foundation and the Mackinac Island Ski Club.

Twilight Turtle Trek

Mackinac Island Turtle Trek – A lantern-lit ski and snowshoeing trek through some of Mackinac Island’s natural winter wonderland. The trail begins at Greany Grove (corner of Arch Rock Road and Huron Road) with a bonfire and hot chocolate. The trail is groomed, track set, lit by lanterns and approximately two miles long. This is a free event sponsored by Mackinac State Historic Parks, Mackinac Island Community Foundation and the Mackinac Island Ski Club.

Fort2Fort Virtual Five Mile Challenge

TO REGISTER: runmackinac.com

Mackinac State Historic Parks turns 125 this year, and we were excited to host what would have been the 3rd annual Mackinac Island Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge. But … COVID-19 had other plans. However, we are excited to host this year’s race as a virtual event! Funds raised from this event go directly to Mackinac State Historic Parks to support programs, exhibits, and park operation. It has been an extremely challenging year for Mackinac State Historic Parks, and  this event provides needed support to the park at a crucial time.

You can run or walk your race whenever or wherever it is convenient for you. For those that have already planned on coming to Mackinac Island and still would like to do so, the map of the racecourse is posted under course maps. The course will be marked October 3, the “official” virtual race day, if you would like to run the actual course on your own. In the week leading up to virtual race day Mackinac State Historic Parks will share information about the sites you’ll see along the course on its Facebook page. Additionally, Mackinac State Historic Parks will go live on Facebook with the official welcome Cannon Firing at 9:30 am on October 3rd for those that want to participate on the actual virtual race day, and will feature an official welcome from Mackinac State Historic Parks director Phil Porter.

We’d love to see where you’re running the event, whether you’re on the island or not! Please post your photos with the hashtag #Fort2Fort.

All participants receive:

  • A Fort2Fort Neck Gaiter/buff
  • A unique finisher medal
  • A ticket for entry into Fort Mackinac good for 2020 or 2021
  • A 125th anniversary commemorative pin
  • Downloadable race bib

Registrations received by September 1 will have items mailed by September 25th. Registrations received after that date will be mailed two to three weeks after the virtual race day on October 3rd.

TO REGISTER: runmackinac.com

Music in the Park, presented by Mackinac Arts Council

From the Arts Council: “With a spectacular backdrop, our summer concert series takes place on the lawn of a National Historic Landmark, Marquette Park, which is at the foothills of Historic Fort Mackinac downtown across from the marina. Bring a picnic and tune in for some great live folk, rock, country, blues—the best of Americana. All concerts are free. We recommend bringing a blanket or lawn chairs for your comfort.”

Schedule of artists:
August 6 – Brian Thomas
August 13 – Wixie Harrington
August 20 – Finkel
August 27 – Gabi Bowditch
September 3 – Mary McGuire & Barbara Payton

British Landing Nature Programs – Scat Identification

Learn how to identify different scat left by various animals in Michigan. Learn how to figure out what the animal ate last. Do you know the difference between buck and doe scat? You will!

Program will take place at the podium and bench area adjacent to the south side of the British Landing Nature.Seating is first come first serve (you don’t have to be sitting in order to enjoy the program). The program will be about 15 minutes. This is a free Mackinac Parks: 125 event!

The program will be lead by ranger Emily Kimmel, a recent graduate from Lake Superior State University with a degrees in Parks and Recreation and Natural Resource Technologies. She is in her first season serving as the Naturalist for Mackinac State Historic Parks on Mackinac Island.

British Landing Nature Programs – Tree Identification

Learn how to identify various trees on Mackinac Island and the different purposes they have for the animals as well as people. It will be a short 20 minute hike through the British Landing Trail. The group will be making a stop at Friendship’s Alter as well.

Meet in front of the British Landing Nature Center and the walk will start at 1:30 p.m. sharp. Trail is narrow and there are lots of roots on the trail. Not wheelchair accessible. This is a free Mackinac Parks: 125 event!

The program will be lead by ranger Emily Kimmel, a recent graduate from Lake Superior State University with a degrees in Parks and Recreation and Natural Resource Technologies. She is in her first season serving as the Naturalist for Mackinac State Historic Parks on Mackinac Island.