2018-02-08 / Outdoors

In Suttons Bay, 4-H kids soak up Winter Fun Day

—Story, photos by Eric Carlson


SUTTONS BAY fifth graders Dax Hummel, left, and Everett Howell squeeze into a quinzee (snow shelter) they built at the 4-H Johnson Preserve with other members of the 4-H Outdoors Club during a Winter Fun Day on Saturday. SUTTONS BAY fifth graders Dax Hummel, left, and Everett Howell squeeze into a quinzee (snow shelter) they built at the 4-H Johnson Preserve with other members of the 4-H Outdoors Club during a Winter Fun Day on Saturday. About a quarter-mile up a snow-covered two-track leading north from the Strongheart Center on the reservation of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians lies the 60-acre 4-H Johnson Preserve.

Members of the Leelanau County 4-H Outdoors Club hosted a Winter Fun Day at the Johnson Preserve on Saturday. The land was donated to 4-H by the Johnson Family in 1982.

The 4-H Outdoors Club exists to encourage outdoor adventure activities, longtime 4-H leader Kama Ross said.

Saturday’s event included a snowshoe hike to Belanger Creek through the northern hardwood forest of the preserve. Participants also identified animal tracks in the snow, dug quinzees (snow shelters) and built a campfire, among other activities.


KAMA ROSS leads members of the 4-H Outdoors Club on a snowshoe hike through the 4-H Johnson Preserve in Suttons Bay Township. KAMA ROSS leads members of the 4-H Outdoors Club on a snowshoe hike through the 4-H Johnson Preserve in Suttons Bay Township. Anyone seeking more information about 4-H may visit the Michigan State University Extension office at the Leelanau County Government Center or contact 4-H program coordinator Rosali Collier by email at collierr@msu.edu or by phone at 256-9888.



SIXTY ACRES of land in Suttons Bay Township preserved by the Johnson family in 1982 is used by Leelanau County 4-H youth education clubs. SIXTY ACRES of land in Suttons Bay Township preserved by the Johnson family in 1982 is used by Leelanau County 4-H youth education clubs.

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