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Are you an MRPA Agency Member or Partner Organization? Contact us for access to the MI Big Green Gym Resources Area, which contains tools to assist in promoting the program, relevant articles, websites, and more!

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The MI Big Green Gym initiative is a partnership between Michigan Recreation and Park Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The program is designed to promote overall well-being and a healthy lifestyle through use of parks. Simple concept, big idea. Michigan has some of the country's best parks which provide unique ways to stay active and spend time with family and community. MI Big Green Gym is comprised of participating state, county, and local parks; Michigan really is a big green gym - with endless opportunities to get active.


Start 2015 on the Right Foot with a Shoe Year's Day Hike!

State park and recreation areas around Michigan are helping start the New Year off in a healthy way with Shoe Year's Day program. There are great events on New Year's Day and surrounding days to get Michigan residents out on the trails. Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and lantern-lit walks are all on the agenda. The program is being held in conjunction with America's State Parks First Day Hikes - check out the news release here.

Looking for a Shoe Year's Day event? Check out the calendar below, or visit www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors.


Find a Park with MRPA Member Agencies!

With over 140 agencies at the state, county, and local level there's a whole lot of great parkland to be experienced throughout Michigan! Check out MRPA's list of member agencies to find a park near you! Find a Park


MI Big Green Gym Events Calendar

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Jan
31

Porcupine Mtns - Lantern Lit Trail

Porcupine Mtns Wilderness State Park, Ontonagon, M
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Feb
07

Porcupine Mtns - Lantern Lit Trail

Porcupine Mtns Wilderness State Park, Ontonagon, M
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Feb
14

Porcupine Mtns - Lantern Lit Trail

Porcupine Mtns Wilderness State Park, Ontonagon, M
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Feb
21

Porcupine Mtns - Lantern Lit Trail

Porcupine Mtns Wilderness State Park, Ontonagon, M
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