DNR – Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Contact: Ami Van Antwerp
(517) 927-5059
[email protected]

Campaign: Michigan State Parks
Centennial Campaign

Dear MAB member,

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has launched an awareness campaign for the Michigan state parks centennial celebration. Throughout the remainder of the year, the DNR will celebrate the rich history of these outdoor destinations and the people who have visited and supported them over the last 100 years.

The centennial is a nod to our rich history and an energizing look forward, and this milestone year will be marked with special events, podcasts, historical stories, videos, geocaching and many other opportunities to join in.

It all started a century ago with the creation of the Michigan State Park Commission. On May 12, 1919, the Michigan Legislature established this commission, paving the way for Michigan’s state parks system. Fast forward to today and Michigan is home to 103 state parks, as well as the many campgrounds, boat launches, swimming beaches, fishing piers, trails and lighthouses found in those parks.

There is an available video PSA, featuring beautiful drone videography of several state parks and some of the many visitors whose passion for parks has helped elevate them from locations on a map to much-loved destinations where memories are made year after year:

We ask that you consider running the video PSA (available below) or highlighting the state parks centennial in your own way. Our aim is to boost awareness of these treasured outdoor places and their importance to Michigan’s economy, travel sector and local communities.

If you have any questions or would like the video in a different format, please contact Ami Van Antwerp, DNR Parks and Recreation communication coordinator, at 517-927-5059 or [email protected]

Thank you for your support of Michigan state parks and this centennial year.


Maia Turek
Statewide Recreation Programmer
DNR Parks and Recreation Division


Download the Michigan Parks Centennial :30 Spot here

Visit the DNR State Parks Centennial Website here

Visit the State Parks Centennial Geotour here

Explore MAB/State Parks Centennial Opportunities here 

Download the Michigan State Parks Centennial Media/Pledge Commitment Form here

Download the Michigan State Parks Media Resource Request Form here

Download a map of Michigan State Parks here