Spring is here… and that means morels!

Saturday's a Bearry good day for a nature walk with the kids, and it's a great weekend for a bike ride to Mackinaw! There's fun, and fungus popping up in Boyne City, and a tail waggin' good time on the trails outside of Traverse City. Finally, meet your friends for the biggest picnic of the year on Sunday and your annual fix of buffalo burgers!

Knee High Naturalists Program-Spring Into Nature!
Saturday, May 16, 10am , Spring Lake Park
This Little Traverse Conservancy program will begin with the story When Will It Be Spring? about a curious little cub anticipating spring while he’s supposed to be asleep during the winter. Discussion about black bears, some “bearry” fun activities and a nature walk to look for signs of spring will be included. This is a free program. More info at www.landtrust.org
May 15 & 16
The Zoo-de-Mackinac is one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, plus live bands, parties, views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge , and one magical island. The Zoo-de-Mackinac is not a race, its a gathering of fun minded bicycling enthusiasts looking for a little exercise and a lot of fun! The ride starts at Shanty Creek, makes a mid-day stop at Legs Inn in Cross Village, and ends in Mackinaw City, where an Arnold Ferry will take riders on to more riding on Mackinac Island, where the fun continues with The Gatehouse, Pink Pony, and Horns hosting post ride parties with incredible live bands!  For more information or to register, visit www.zoo-de-mack.com.
Boyne City Morel Mushroom Festival
May 14-17th
The carnival opens Thursday, there's a craft show, flea market, The morelfest Wine & Dine and Open Mic on Friday, cooking classes, guided mushroom hunts and more fun for Morel lovers all weekend long! Get more info at http://bcmorelfestival.com/
Tails to Trails- a 4 paw 5K
Saturday, May 16th
Join us with your four-pawed friends for the 6th annual Tails to Trails! This 5K fun run/walk on the scenic Vasa Pathway is a unique opportunity to mingle with other dog owners and experience the trails with your canine friend. All proceeds benefit TART Trails.
Dogs will receive a goodie bag with treats and goodies. Prizes for top finishing owners and dogs provided by D.O.G. Bakery, plus other prizes from local pet friendly businesses! Registration is only $15 for individuals and $30 for families (immediate family members) through May 8th. May 9th through the day of the event registration will be $20/individuals and $35/families.
Day-of registration opens at 8am , the fun run/walk starts at 9am . Pets must stay on-leash and owners must pick up after their pets. More online at http://traversetrails.org/event/tails-to-trails-a-four-paw-5k/
Lets all do the Barbecue!
Sunday, May 17th, 11am-5pm
The annual NMC Barbecue is this Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Come out for the annual picnic under the pines with Buffalo Burgers, potato salad, ice cream cups and more! Plus great entertainment, games, raffles, chances to check out NMC programs and all kinds of fun for the whole family-plus, look for me in the announcers booth from 3-5pm !

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