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    Recreation Programmer

    Greetings,

    My name is Elissa. I work for the Michigan DNR as a Recreation Programmer. I originally herd abou this forum after a group of Hammock Campers came to Ludington State Park for their Winter Hang. The Park Manager told me about them and it really peaked my interest.
    Part of my job to engage our visitors in outdoor recreation activities. Have any of you heard about the DNR's Recreation 101 program? If you haven't thats alright because you are about to. Recreation 101 is a program designed to provide a positive first time experience to outdoor recreation for Michigan State Park visitors by provideing all of the gear, guides and goodtimes to get thems started. For example we host Kayaking 101 programs by finding a volunteer experienced instructor who is willing to come into the park with his gear and provide a free introductory kayaking program. We then provide our visitors with the next steps so they can go out and contiue kayaking, bicycling, outdoor cooking etc. It's an amazing program. To find out more you can visit www.michigan.gov/rec101

    I was hoping some of your members might be interested in helping me plan a Hammock Camping 101 program to introduce visitors to this unique camping experience. If anyone is interested please email me at dennerte@michigan.gov

    Happy Hammocking,

    Elissa Dennert
    Recreation Programming Assistant
    Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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    Welcome aboard!!
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    welcome elissa, and you have come to the right place!!. i would love to volunteer, but i currently live in the south but there are plenty of michigan hangers
    Peanuts

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    Welcome. I'm sure you will find at least one very knowledgable volunteer here.

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    Re: Recreation Programmer

    Welcome! Wish I were closer. I call myself the Hammock Evangelist. :-) I've done three presentations in the past year for the Florida Trail Association and hope to branch out to REI and other venues this year. I'm always up for flying. ;-)
    JaxHiker aka Kudzu - WFA
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    Trail Issues? Please let me know.
    Blazing Trails with Kudzu @ www.idratherbehiking.com
    Follow me @idratherbhiking

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    Great to see someone from MI DNR here!! Welcome, from Ohio. If I were closer I would certainly volunteer for such a great program. Hang tight. We have some great MI people here that I'm sure will chime in.

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    Welcome aboard, What a great program to introduce park users to many different types of outdoor activities. Way to go Michigan DNR, always looking to provide a great experience for their customers.

    We'd be happy to help in any manner that we can...
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