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Telling stories around the campfire is a time-honored tradition. Often, those stories contain playful anecdotes and deeply personal memories.

As part of the Michigan state parks centennial, the DNR is hosting storytelling events where you’ll hear seasoned storytellers share their personal park tales.


Side view of a ponytailed African American woman speaking into a microphone, outdoors, with the sun shining behind her. Photo Credit Michigan DNR

At a recent event in Lansing, Alexis Horton, the DNR’s diversity, equity and inclusion officer, engaged the crowd with her memories of introducing a group of students who’d never camped before to the fun and camaraderie of s’mores and time outdoors at Waterloo Recreation Area. Listen to Alexis’s story hereListen to Alexis’s story here.

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Just this past weekend, the DNR hosted a campfire storytelling event in Interlochen. If you missed this event don’t worry there are still 3 more that are coming up this summer.

Future Campfire Storytelling events:

  • July 20 at Van Riper State Park (Champion)
  • Aug. 17 at Belle Isle (Detroit)a
  • Sept. 21 at Yankee Springs Recreation Area (Middleville)


These events are more than just listening to spoken stories; they’re a way for people to connect with treasured experiences.

Learn more about the centennial Campfire Storytelling Project at Michigan.gov/StateParks100. Questions? Contact Maia Turek, 989-225-8573.

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