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Park & Read

ParkRead_Button_455140_7Enjoy a great book in the great outdoors

Back for its sixth summer, the Park & Read program offers library card-holders a free one-day pass valid at any of Michigan’s 102 scenic state parks.

A partnership between the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and hundreds of participating Michigan libraries, Park & Read is an easy way for residents to explore – at no charge – what state parks are all about.

Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Park & Read is a component of the MI Big Green Gym partnership that encourages Michigan residents to use their parks for outdoor recreation and fitness. The passes can be used for a variety of outdoor adventures and exercise in Michigan’s state parks.

Park & Read gives library card-holders the ability to “check out” a one-day pass that is valid for vehicle entry into any Michigan state park or recreation area. Passes – good for day-use only – are valid for seven days from checkout to make travel planning easier. The Park & Read program will run through Oct. 1, 2014.

Many state parks offer the DNR’s popular Recreation 101 classes – free outdoor recreation programming designed to help beginners get started in a variety of hobbies and pursuits including kayaking, windsurfing, geocaching, camping and more. These free programs are normally included with park entry, so people using a Park & Read pass could take advantage of Recreation 101 programs taking place at any park. Registration may be required for some classes.

Park & Read passes are not valid for group events (like weddings) or overnight stays.

To get your free Park & Read pass, visit the Circulation Desk of the Petoskey Public Library.