Outdoor Learning

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LMVC - ProgramThere are many areas across the forest that are a part of Michigans history. Several of these sites either have education programs or interpretive displays to provide visitors with information on an areas role in the history of Michigan.  Staff and volunteer guided walks and activities provide visitors the opportunity to question an expert about the teeming wildlife found on the National Forests.

Kirtlands warbler Tours

Kirtlands Warbler in a tree

Both a guided and self-guided driving tour are available that will take visitors through various stages of Kirtlands warbler habitat. 


Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center

Lumberman’s Monument Visitor Center interprets the area’s colorful lumbering past. The 14-foot Lumberman’s Monument stands on a high bank with the Au Sable River providing a scenic backdrop.
Learn about the industry that helped develop northern Michigan and the men who cut the timber that helped build a nation. Climb through a log jam, use a peavey, cut a wooden cookie with a cross-cut saw, and learn about the life of a lumberjack through video and displays. Hike the stairway down to the wanigan, a loggers floating kitchen, or take the short trail to the dune observation deck. Enjoy a Kid’s Day program or take a guided nature hike. A schedule of events is posted on the website every spring.


Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary - Post 37Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary

There are many places on the National Forests to view native plant species and enjoy their beauty. Visitors looking to see the stationary scenary of native plants can take a walk around Loda Lake to "Witness the Wonder of Wildflowers". There are over 238 plant species in the only designated wildflower sanctuary in the National Forest Service. Docent led walks are available at the Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary.  Call the Baldwin Ranger District for more information: 231-745-4631.


If you are hosting a program and would like the Forest Service to participate call the Supervisor's Office at 231-775-2421.