Introduced two years ago by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a new way to fund state parks and outdoor recreation opportunities, the newly-priced $11 Recreation Passport is a Michigan resident’s ticket to exploring nearly 400 fresh-air activities and destinations including recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails, boat launches and one of the largest and most scenic state park systems in the country.
“The Recreation Passport also essentially gives folks a ‘free trial’ of nearly every recreational pursuit through the DNR’s nationally recognized Recreation 101 program,” says DNR Parks and Recreation Chief Ron Olson.
The year-round GO-Get Outdoors program recruits top instructors and sports equipment vendors to provide free or inexpensive hands-on lessons. The goal: to provide the novice sportsman (and woman, boy or girl) with enough skill and knowledge to begin a new activity.
Another bonus: residents who purchase the Recreation Passport through the Secretary of State’s office when renewing their license plate registrations get immediate access to the Passport Perks rewards program, discounts on goods and services from more than 1,100 local businesses who have partnered with the DNR. A passport pick-up also supports historic and cultural sites in state parks and grants for neighborhood parks.
To learn more, visit michigan.gov/recreationpassport and michigan.gov/passportperks, and check out the Go Get Outdoors Calendar at michigan.gov for all of the latest programs, events and opportunities being offered this spring.