Environmental lab plans ‘Super Saturday Snowshoe’
MANISTIQUE – Tired of the cold? Here is a chance to explore the outdoors and embrace winter during the fifth annual Super Saturday Snowshoe event at the Manistique Township Environmental Education Lab.
The event takes place on Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. Each year, the EEL Committee holds the free event to showcase the nature trails at the end of Krummich Road and introduce people to the sport of snowshoeing.
“The event keeps building year after year,” according to EEL Committee Chairman Doug Smith. “We have had a better turnout each year with quite a few repeat snowshoers. Those that have come out have told us that they love our trails and that it is good exercise.”
The event is geared toward people of all ages and there are snowshoes to try if you do not own a pair.
“We have a variety of sizes of shoes that we borrow from Manistique Area Schools which enables us to fit both children and adults for the winter hiking experience,” said Smith.
There are approximately two miles of interpretive trails at the Environmental Lab, which consist of several loops highlighting various species of trees, plants, and environmental factors. Winter offers a unique experience at the lab – animal tracks. The lab is home to deer, rabbits, birds and other animals.
Conditions this year should be optimal for the event.
“One year we didn’t have any snow, last year it was near zero,” said Smith. “This year, we have plenty of snow and temperatures look like they will be in the teens.”
This year marks the 20th year for the Environmental Lab and the committee hopes that this year’s snowshoe event gets the celebration off on the right track.
The Lab is located on 80 acres at the end of Krummich Road in Manistique Township and overlooks the Jamestown Slough. From U.S. Highway 2, turn on the River Road, and then left onto Krummuch Road for one and one-half miles to Environmental Education Lab parking lot.