LAKE CITY — Friday was National Trails Day and to celebrate, the Missaukee Conservation District organized a trail beautification event.

With the help of Lake City Girl Scout Troops No. 8581 and No. 8589, the trail was raked, benches were scrubbed, and a Little Free Library was installed.

The event was organized by the Americorps member, Dru Mark-Wilson, who works with the district and the district's Education Coordinator, Andrea Mayer.

Mayer said the books in the Little Free Library all have a "nature" theme and are available through the Let's Read Lake City program.

The Missaukee Nature Trail was established in 2005 in partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Missaukee Area Community Foundation, and many local businesses, organizations, and school groups as a way to encourage the community to get outside, enjoy local nature, and increase physical activity, said program coordinator Michelle Hill.

A total of four trail loops provide just over a mile of trails to explore. Along the trail, there are 10 interpretive markers that coincide with a printed guide available at the trailhead for an educational self-guided hunt.

The trail also features native wildflowers, pollinator gardens and a geocache site.

Mark-Wilson has many events in the works for this summer at the trail. Each of the six events will have a different educational aspect to it.

Details about some of the upcoming events at the trail are still being worked out but a few dates have been scheduled.

On June 29, there will be a backpacking basics class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; on July 13, there will be a guided meditation trail walk from 10 to 11 a.m.; and on July 27, there will be self-defense on the trail class from 10 a.m. to noon.

To register for any of the classes, call (231) 839-7193 or email

The trail is located at the Missaukee Conservation District, at 6180 W. Sanborn Road, Lake City.

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