June 29, 2016  |  10am - 2pm  |  Lansing, Michigan

Canoe and kayak simulations; disc golf; fishing activities; bird watching; tennis; nature interpretation; lawn games; and more - all on the Capitol lawn!

July is Parks and Recreation Month! To kick it off, Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), and the Michigan No Child Left Inside Coalition (MNCLI) hosts Come Out and Play: A Day at the Capitol, an event providing various outdoor activities and nature education opportunities for more than 1,200 youth attendees.

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  • Disc golf
  • Kayak simulations
  • Lawn Olympics
  • Camping demonstration 
  • Birding activities
  • Tent skills
  • Live Animals
  • Fishing Activities

More than 1,200 youth from communities throughout Michigan are anticipated to attend the Come Out and Play event.

Previous Participating Agencies: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Boy Scouts of America, DNR Wildlife Division, DNR Fisheries Division, Heavner Nature Connection / Heavner Canoe Rental, Ingham County Parks, Lansing Renegades Disc Golf, McDonald's, Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), DNR Parks & Recreation Division, Michigan Historical Museum, Natureology, Oakland County Parks & Recreation, Playworld Midstates, Potter Park Zoo, Schupan Recycling, Sinclair Recreation, Superior Play LLC, The First Tee of Mid-Michigan, United States Tennis Association - Midwest Section, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service.

The 2016 Come Out and Play at the Capitol event was sponsored by:



THANK YOU to the sponsors, activity providers, camp counselors, and participants for making the 2015 Come Out and Play day a huge success! MyNorth Media captured the excitement of the day with this great video:

Come Out and Play: A Day at the Capitol from MI Recreation & Park Assn on Vimeo.