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Getting Kids Outdoors – Emmet County

A community-wide initiative, Getting Kids Outdoors is a coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals working to promote local programs and resources that will help our kids spend more time outdoors.

We believe that every child in Emmet County should have access, opportunities and encouragement to play outdoors and connect with nature for their physical, emotional and educational well being.

To build a community-wide effort that embraces and promotes getting kids outdoors as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Raise awareness that direct contact with nature is essential to the physical, mental and emotional health of all children.
Encourage exploration and play in the outdoors on a regular basis.
Promote existing programs in Emmet County for getting kids outdoors.
Connect parents, caregivers and teachers with opportunities, information and resources for getting kids outdoors.
Engage a diverse network of people, organizations and businesses and facilitate collaborations.

Getting Kids Outdoors inEmmet County is bringing the Leave No Child Inside movement to northern Michigan by forging collaborative partnerships with organizations and businesses in Emmet County. We function as a coalition of partners from various sectors of the local community


Getting Kids Outdoors Emmet County has launched a “Passport to Adventure” for summertime fun. The passport is full of outdoor destinations around Northern Michigan. Once you have visited a partner site and have completed an outdoor activity, a staff member at the site will validate (stamp) your Passport to Adventure.

Some destinations may not have a staff member on-site, so simply take your passport to the nearest partner site and ask them to validate.

Destinations are throughout Northern Michigan, including Raven Hill Discovery Center, Pond Hill Farm, Top of Michigan Trails Council, Little Traverse Conservancy, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, SEE-North, Petoskey State Park, Oden State Fish Hatchery, Camp Daggett, North Country Trail, Wilderness State Park and Thorne Swift Nature Preserve.

More information is available on the Getting Kids Outdoors Web site,

Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
(231) 348-1702 | Contact Us