Life of the Straits

Event Date: 9/15/2018

Come explore the amazing cultural and natural history of the Straits of Mackinac with Michigan Sea Grant and Mackinac County 4-H! Held on September 15 at 10-4, this daylong event will include exciting activities on Mackinac Island surrounding the geology and cultural history of the island. Children will have the opportunity to hunt for fossils, explore a historic fort, and enjoy a nutritious lunch. Best of all, this event is free to 4-H members and their families! Ferry tickets and lunch along with all activities are provided free of charge.

This event is intended for families with children ages 9-14. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend, but not required. If children under the age of 9 are attending, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the child at all times.

Children between the ages of 5-18 must be a registered 4-H member to attend the event. 4-H registration information will be provided upon completing the Life of the Straits registration. There is a 4-H membership fee of $20 per child; however, scholarships are available to cover the 4-H membership fee. It is not necessary for a child participating in this event to attend any additional 4-H events.

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Please note you will have the option to join us in St Ignace and receive a free ferry ride to the island at 9:30 am. Meet at Star Line Ferry Main Dock #3 in St. Ignace. Alternatively, you can join the group on Mackinac Island at 10:30 am at the Star Line Dock. For maps of dock locations and additional ferry information, see

Event Schedule:
9:30-10 am: Meet at Star Line Ferry dock in St. Ignace to get ferry ticket and board ferry
10-10:30 am: Ferry ride to Mackinac Island
10:30-11 am: Split into groups and walk to destinations from Mackinac Island Star Line Ferry Dock
11 am-12:30 pm: Cultural History activity at Fort Holms / Geology Activity at Arch Rock
12:30-1 pm: Walk to lunch Location
1-1:45 pm: Lunch
1:45-2 pm: Walk to activity destinations
2-3:30 pm: Cultural History activity at Fort Holms / Geology Activity at Arch Rock
3:30-4 pm: Return to Star Line ferry dock