Tahquamenon Falls summer programs include archery, daily tours, bird walks

PARADISE, MICH. – Michigan’s tallest waterfall isn’t the only attraction at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

The 50,000-acre park in the eastern Upper Peninsula, home to one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River, has a full schedule of interpretive programs for visitors this summer.

Workshops, children’s classes, and daily guided tours of the falls are just a few of the upcoming events on the park’s current schedule, posted here under “Nature Programs.” The following interpretive programs are for the week of June 27 to July 3. Programs are free unless otherwise stated; a recreation passport is required for vehicle entry into the park. Contact the park for more details.

Monday, June 27: Jr. Naturalist: Hiding In Plain Sight 10 a.m. at the Portage Shower Building (Lower Falls). Discover how animals use shapes and colors to blend in or stand out during this 30-minute program for kids. Upper Falls Tour 2 p.m. at the Fact Shack. Join an interpretive ranger on a 45-minute walk to see Michigan’s largest waterfall. Go to the Fact Shack (black bear exhibit).

Tuesday, June 28: Morning Bird Walk 9:00 a.m. at Lower Falls Picnic Area. Take a short walk with a park naturalist to check out some of the birds that live in Lower Falls. Identify yourself by sight and song during this 40-minute program. Upper Falls Tour 2 p.m. at the Fact Shack. 45 minute walk to see Michigan’s largest waterfall. Go to the Fact Shack (black bear exhibit).

Wednesday, June 29: Arrows away! 10:00 a.m. at Lower Falls Campground office. Learn the basics of archery with hands-on compound archery drills. Children from 6 to 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Upper Falls Tour 2 p.m. at the Fact Shack. Join an interpretive ranger on a 45-minute walk to see Michigan’s largest waterfall. Go to the Fact Shack (black bear exhibit).

Thursday, June 30: Owl vomit investigation 10 a.m. at the Portage Shower Building (Lower Falls). Find out what your owl ate for dinner by taking apart a real owl pellet during this fun morning program for all ages. Upper Falls Tour 2 p.m. at the Fact Shack. 45 minute walk to see Michigan’s largest waterfall. Go to the Fact Shack (black bear exhibit).

Friday July 1: Jr. Naturalist: Tracks and Trails 10 a.m. at the Rivermouth Amphitheater (site 19). Learn to identify animal tracks and signs during this morning program for kids of all ages. Upper Falls Tour 2 p.m. at the Fact Shack. Join an interpretive ranger on a 45-minute walk to see Michigan’s largest waterfall. Go to the Fact Shack (black bear exhibit).

Saturday July 2: Arrows away! 10:00 a.m. at Lower Falls Campground office. Learn the basics of archery with hands-on compound archery drills. Children from 6 to 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. river exploration 12pm-2pm at lower falls. Wear water shoes or sandals and use the provided nets to catch bugs, crayfish and more. Meet on the boardwalk towards the viewing platform. Upper Falls Tour 2 p.m. at the Fact Shack. 45 minute walk to see Michigan’s largest waterfall. Go to the Fact Shack (black bear exhibit).

Sunday July 3: Jr. Naturalist: Breakfast with Bears 10 a.m. at the Portage Shower Building (Lower Falls). Find out what kind of food black bears eat during this early morning program for kids. Upper Falls Tour 2 p.m. at the Fact Shack. Join an interpretive ranger on a 45-minute walk to see Michigan’s largest waterfall. Go to the Fact Shack (black bear exhibit).

Find more information about visiting Tahquamenon Falls State Park, as well as details of upcoming events, at michigan.gov/dnr/places/v-centers/tahquamenon.

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