LANSING — The Michigan DNR is waiving its Recreation Passport entrance fees to state parks, trails, historic sites and other areas Nov. 23 as part of the #OptOutside movement. The Black Friday event — started in 2015 by outdoor recreation cooperative REI Inc. — encourages people to spend more time outside and highlights the health and well-being benefits of being outdoors.
Visit michigan.gov/dnr to learn more about camping, fishing, hunting and other outdoor exploring opportunities. For more on #OptOutside at state parks, contact Ron Olson at 517-243-1477.
Clean water program
EMPIRE — Glen Lake Community Library hosts a program about clean water at 7 p.m. Nov. 28. Tricia Denton, of the Glen Lake Association, speaks about strategies to preserve Michigan’s water resources.
Halifax explosion discussion
TRAVERSE CITY — National Writers Series presents a conversation with author John U. Bacon at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at City Opera House. Bacon talks about his newest book “The Great Halifax Explosion,” which covers the Mont-Blanc ship that exploded in 1919. A cash bar and live music are available at 6 p.m. Reserved seats are $15; student tickets are $5. Box office: 231-941-8082.
Nautical open house
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Bay Marine Open House goes from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 30. The event focuses on the recently expanded showroom and renovated building. More details: 231-943-0333.
Stargazing and Snowflakes
BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area hosts Stargazing and Snowflakes at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Learn about constellations and take a short walk to identify objects in the sky. Cost is $5 per person. Contact: 231-533-8314.
ORV comments sought
LANSING — The Michigan DNR is accepting comments until Dec. 7 on proposed changes to rules governing off-road vehicle use on state forest roads in the northern Lower Peninsula. Proposed changes include adding roads that previously were unmapped, deleting mapped roads that no longer exist, closing roads to conventional vehicle use (including ORVs), closing roads only to ORV use, and opening roads to ORV use.
Review and make comments on the proposed changes at michigan.gov/dnr (search for forest roads inventory).
Winter camp Jan. 2-4
BELLAIRE — Kids ages 7-12 are invited to the Winter Break Camp Jan. 2-4 at Grass River Natural Area. Activities include building snow shelters, tracking animals and making a campfire. Cost is $100 per camper. Call 231-533-8314 to sign up or learn more.