It takes a lot of help for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors.
That's why the agency is looking for partners and sponsors for its 2015 events and initiatives.
Opportunities to help out include volunteering as an instructor for various statewide campaigns, sponsoring statewide event campaigns, and donating to projects such as the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit, which is an urban educational facility located along the Detroit RiverWalk.
"Our goal is to build and maintain partnerships that are beneficial for everyone involved," said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation chief. "Partnerships and sponsorships provide opportunities for our parks to welcome new visitors, for partner organizations to build their reputation and make connections with potential customers, and for visitors to make memories through outdoor recreation and programming."
The DNR introduces people to Michigan's woods and waters, along with building appreciation for the state's natural resources, through events at state parks.
In 2015, individuals, businesses and organizations can volunteer at state parks, trails and harbors for programs like Recreation 101, which offers free, introductory classes with all the equipment provided free of charge.
Those interested in helping out with the 2015 efforts can also sponsor or host events for statewide campaigns.
Michigan Boating Week in June features water-related programs such as paddling, fishing, sailing and more. Meteors & S'mores is an annual celebration of astronomy that takes place during the Perseid Meteor Shower in August. Michigan Trails Week celebrates the state's extensive land and water trail system in September.
Individuals also can join or start a Friends group to support a particular Michigan state park, harbor, trail or waterway. Friends groups support these facilities by fundraising, recruiting volunteers, leading restoration projects and providing educational programming for the public.