Michigan: Sleepy Hollow State Park offers snowshoe building workshops

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that Sleepy Hollow State Park will offer several two-day snowshoe building workshops in December, January and February. Participants will learn to weave a pair of traditional wooden snowshoes similar to the ones Native Americans made for generations. Classes are designed to be fun, informative and interesting.

These handmade snowshoes can be used for hiking throughout the winter, given as gifts or used as home decoration. Snowshoeing is an easy, inexpensive way to get outside and burn some calories during the winter months.

The cost for making a pair of snowshoes is $180 and includes the pre-formed wooden frames, lacing, high-quality bindings and personal instruction. Because this is an activity that requires concentration over long periods of time, it is recommended for ages 16 and older.

The classes will be held at Sleepy Hollow State Park’s headquarters at 7835 E. Price Road in Laingsburg in Clinton County. Class size is limited to a maximum of eight participants, and reservations are required. The two-day workshops will take place:

Dec. 8-9
Friday, Dec. 8, 5 to 9 p.m. (Part 1)
Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Part 2)

Jan. 5-6
Friday, Jan. 5, 5 to 9 p.m. (Part 1)
Saturday, Jan. 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Part 2)

Jan. 19-20
Friday, Jan. 19, 5 to 9 p.m. (Part 1)
Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Part 2)

Feb. 2-3
Friday, Feb. 2, 5 to 9 p.m. (Part 1)
Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Part 2)

Feb. 16-17
Friday, Feb. 16, 5 to 9 p.m. (Part 1)
Saturday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Part 2)

Please note the classes are split over two days. For additional information or to make a reservation, please call Sleepy Hollow State Park at 517-651-6217 or email Denise Smith at smithd8@michigan.gov.

Contact: Denise Smith, 517-651-6217

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