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Wildlife Weekend

  • MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake 104 Conservation Dr Roscommon, MI 48653 USA (map)

The Wildlife Weekend begins with check-in Friday, February 1, 2019 between 4-5:30 PM. The weekend includes 6 meals beginning with Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Classes begin Friday evening and run through lunch Sunday, February 3rd. Please contact Kevin Frailey at with any questions.


  • Non-Members: $295

  • MAEOE Members: $275

Includes two nights lodging, six meals and course registration/materials. A roommate will be assigned unless you specify one on the registration form.

Single rooms are available for an additional $50.


Mammal Mania: Why is a weasel shaped differently than a rabbit? How does a black bear’s teeth differ from a deer? Are there coyotes in your backyard? Wolves? Mountain Lions? Your answers to all these questions, and many more, will be discovered as we explore Michigan’s fuzziest neighbors. You will be amazed at how many of our mammalian brethren live in your neck in the woods. Discover why you seldom see them and how to look for signs of their presence. Investigate mammal pelts, skulls, and tracks. Learn how to make a “scent post track trap”, and develop a better understanding of Michigan’s mammals.

Michigan, My Michigan: So, you think you know your state? Whether your interest is forests, fields, fins, feathers or furs, this overview of Michigan’s natural resources will make you the neighborhood expert in all things “Pure Michigan”. A dab of conservation history, a smattering of species profiles, a drop of Great Lakes education and a pinch of resource management make a great recipe for an educational and entertaining course. A glance into Michigan’s future and virtual tour of lighthouses, shipwrecks, waterfalls, and rivers are all included. Find out what makes the Great Lakes state…Great!



Bill Hodges - Mammal Mania: Bill Hodges has been a life-long Michigan resident and outdoorsman, teaching in Holt Public Schools for 27 years, 19 of them as a biology and zoology instructor. He uses his classroom to teach the state curriculum through case studies centered on Michigan’s outdoors. A frequent presenter at state and national conferences, he teaches adults as he teaches children: through hands-on exploration where students lead the investigation.

Kevin Frailey - Michigan, My Michigan: Michigan DNR Education Manager Kevin Frailey has taught courses on Michigan;s natural resources for more than 30 years. His position at the DNR has enabled him to gain special knowledge and insight into our state’s resources. This course was a popular selection at Michigan State University’s Evening College several years ago and many of the program topics have been offered at professional conferences.