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Women's Snowshoe Building Class in Graling

Wed, Dec  21, 2005 - By Lynn Marla


The Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program today announced a snowshoe building class at Twin Pine Lodge near Grayling, Jan. 27-29, that also features a guided snowshoe hike at Hartwick Pines State Park.

Following a get-acquainted party Friday night, participants will build a pair of traditional snowshoes made of white ash during the Saturday workshop. The instructor is Alan Wernette, park interpreter at Ludington State Park. On Sunday, the group will travel to Hartwick Pines State Park for a guided two-hour hike on their new snowshoes, lead by Park Interpreter Craig Kasmer, culminating with a hot lunch at the Michigan Forest Visitor Center.

Twin Pine Lodge offers cozy and gracious accommodations on the banks of the Au Sable River for a true "up north" experience. The grounds are covered with pines, cedars and hardwoods -- perfect for snowshoeing. For a virtual tour, visit their Web site at

The workshop cost is $300, which includes two nights stay at Twin Pine Lodge, meals, as well as all materials and instruction for building the snowshoes. Class size is very limited to allow plenty of time for individual assistance.

"Join us for this fun winter wonderland workshop and build your own pair of snowshoes that will bring you years of outdoor enjoyment and the warm camaraderie of also making new friendships," said Lynn Marla, BOW program coordinator. For more information, contact Marla at (517) 241-2225.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.