Sunset at Mill Creek

In quiet evening hours, the North Woods of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park comes alive with wildlife. Join Park Naturalist, Kyle Bagnall, on a quiet evening stroll as we look for residents such as porcupine, raccoon, and mink along the creek. We’ll also listen for owls and flute-like songs of wood thrushes through the trees. Before sunset, we’ll climb steps to the top of the Forest Discovery Tower to watch the sun disappear beneath the horizon. Participants should meet in the front parking lot, near the flagpoles, where we’ll begin our hike. Wear clothes for the weather, mosquito repellant, and good shoes for walking about 2 miles (including stairs). Free, no preregistration required.

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Mackinac in the 1830s Tour

Guests will experience a short walking tour of downtown Mackinac Island discussing the community in the 1830s and highlighting the role of the Mackinac Indian Agency, Fort Mackinac, the American Fur Company, and more. The tour will begin in front of The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum and end at the Biddle House, where participants will have a chance to explore the exhibits before the event ends. This is a free event; donations welcome. #thisismackinac

The King’s Birthday

The King’s Birthday

A 1794 illustration of King George, complete with lyrics to “God Save the King.” The song was first published in 1744 and is today the national anthem of the United Kingdom. Courtesy Anne S.K. Brown Military Collections, Brown University Library

An annual highlight during the late 18th century, King George III’s birthday on June 4 provided British residents of Michilimackinac, as well as the rest of the British empire, an opportunity to celebrate in style. Every year, troops around the world fired special salutes to mark the King’s birth, and civilians and soldiers held parties to toast His Majesty’s health. (more…)