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Gr8Lakes Camper: Explorer Guides educate and entertain at Michigan state parks

From the bloggers at Gr8Lakes Camper.

As the sun sets over Lake Michigan, Mike Latus holds court on the sand of Warren Dunes State Park. He’s an animated one-man show, walking in circles around a small fire pit, talking about voyageurs and Indians, legends and myths, planets and ghosts, while a crowd of more than a hundred – mostly youngsters, but adults, too – listen, some amused, others enthralled.

To Latus, it is a typical weekend night, when the fireside story hour regularly draws a big crowd.

Several hours earlier, he’d led a group of 30 on a hike through the woods, pointing out medicinal plants or unusual trees, answering numerous questions. As soon as his fireside chat is finished, he’s setting up telescopes for visitors to explore the night sky for his regular “Sky Watch” program.

Latus is an Explorer Guide, one of an army of Department of Natural Resources employees who educate and entertain visitors at 43 state parks in Michigan.

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