Exploring Mackinac’s Natural Wonders

In 1846, James Beven wrote, “A ramble is a pleasure which may be enjoyed at Mackinac to perfection…” Join Park Naturalist, Kyle Bagnall, on an afternoon ramble to explore some of the island’s most ancient natural wonders. Participant should meet behind Fort Mackinac, at the Avenue of Flags on Huron Road, where we’ll begin our hike. From there, we’ll following winding pathways to Skull Cave, Point Lookout, and Sugar Loaf as we tread upon “The Turtle’s Back” of Ancient Mackinac Island. Wonders come in all sizes, so be prepared for large and small surprises. Wear clothes for the weather and good shoes for walking about 2.5 miles total. This hike is free, with no preregistration required.


Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence Tours

Explore the Governor’s Summer Residence on Mackinac Island on select Wednesdays June through August. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor’s summer Residence since 1945.

The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic Places in October 1975. In November 1997, the house was named to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of America’s most historic buildings and sites.

Throughout the tour, which lasts approximately 15 minutes, experienced docents will guide small groups through the first floor of the home.

Lilacs and Warblers Birding Adventure!

Birders of all ages will enjoy this unique guided adventure, searching for spring songbirds during the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival. Participants will meet naturalist Kyle Bagnall in Marquette Park at the statue of Father Marquette. There, amidst thousands of fragrant lilac blossoms, you’ll be inspired by Walt Whitman’s 1870 poem, “Warble for Lilac-Time” followed by a guided stroll as we look for migrating warblers, raptors soaring overhead, and the “high-hole flashing his golden wings.”

This is a free event. #thisismackinac