Sanctuary of the great lakes

Making Movies With Alpena Native, Joel Potrykus

If you are subscribed to our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes newsletter, you’ll see that every few months we cover a “where are they now” edition- which explores Alpena area talent and what they have been up to since leaving Alpena … Read the rest

“Shinrin-Yoku” Pt. 1- The Therapeutic Value in Nature by Dan Mager

Land, air, or sea…find your outdoor oasis here in Alpena. Photo by Kristen Bromund Bates

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” -John Read the rest


Unearthing “The Age of the Fish”: Fossil Hunting Rockport State Recreation Area

A depiction of the Devonian Period by artist, Judy Dawley. You can find this mural outside at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, as well as the original painting inside of the museum.

When we think of prehistoric times, we … Read the rest


Pure Michigan Maple Syrup: the Inside Scoop on a Backyard Production

Tapping Maple Trees

Michigan is blessed with an abundance of maple trees, and maple syrup is the first farm crop to be harvested in Michigan each year. The process of making maple syrup didn’t begin with pancakes, though. North American Indians

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Catch Major League Fishing in Alpena on Saturday Afternoons

Mark your calendars! The new season of the Outdoor Channel​’s Major League Fishing

Two Alpena viewing locations to suit you!

(the top rated fishing show!) airs Saturdays, April 1st through May 6. Why is this show so special? Because

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49 Fun Must-do Adventures for Families in your Sanctuary of the Great Lakes!

Shin-ga-ba Shores Playground

There are plenty of things to keep your family busy while you visit Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. From Exploring the great outdoors, to experiencing interactive indoor activities, you won’t have time to be bored. Here’s
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Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park  – The Story of an American Dream

The late July sun warmed the sand around my feet. While my kids splashed in the shallow mb-kids-at-beachshoreline waves near the small sandy beach, I watched a bird intently for nearly 30 minutes. It flittered back and forth through the … Read the rest


On a Fishin’ Mission?

Here’s a look at some great fish to find in the inland waters of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Trout Fun Fact: Their scales accumulate growth rings as they age, and can be read just like a growth ring

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In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb: Surviving the Beginning of March in Alpena

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The winter white aftermath of our March lion at Norway Ridge. (Photo courtesy of Laura Wolosiewicz)

The famous proverb of March, “comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb”. Have you heard of it? The saying comes forth … Read the rest


The Brush Strokes of Alpena

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Painting the fish for the “Make a Splash” mural; photo courtesy of Art in the Loft

As the fine arts capital of Northeastern Michigan, immersing yourself in local art culture across the community is plentiful and fun in any season. … Read the rest


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