Gillette Visitor Center hosts annual snake day

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Contact: Elizabeth Brockwell-Tillman 231-798-3573
Agency: Natural Resources

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Gillette Visitor Center hosts annual snake day
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July 29, 2004

The Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon today announced its annual Snake Day, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"Snakes are probably the most misunderstood and feared of all animals that we have in Michigan," said park interpreter Elizabeth Brockwell-Tillman. "Fortunately, these negative attitudes are changing as more people discover the vast majority of snakes are harmless and that, if given the chance, will avoid contact with humans."

All Snake Day activities are free and a DNR nongame wildlife poster will be given to each family that participates. The feature program of the event is a live presentation of Michigan snakes by Jim McGrath of Nature Discovery at 11 a.m. in the center's auditorium. Seating for this popular program is limited and first-come, first-served; so reservations are recommended. Seats may be reserved by calling the Gillette Visitor Center at 231-798-3573.

Other activities include:

• Children’s activities from 10-11 a.m. on the visitor center outdoor deck

• Displays of live Michigan snakes in the center's classroom

• Snakes on Parade at 1 p.m.

• Meet Puff, the fearless hognose at 2 p.m.

A state park motor vehicle permit is required for entry into the park. Permits are $6 for the day or $24 for a resident annual permit, which is valid at any state park. For more information, contact the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center at 231-798-3573.
 

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