School Programs

Tours of the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center

School groups are invited to take advantage of our guided tours, which last approximately two hours. Groups are divided into 2-3 smaller groups to rotate through the archery and pellet range, the exhibits inside the Center, and a guided nature hike (weather permitting).

Thanksgiving Turkey Program

Park Interpreter Ed Shaw will visit local schools at no charge. Students will learn about the wild turkey, including history, ecology, physiology. Afterward, we'll use plastic cups to make fun turkey calls for the students to take home! All materials are provided. This program is appropriate for grades K-5. Download the printable flyer.

Tours of the Platte River State Fish Hatchery

Free weir tours in mid-October. Fish hatcheries and weirs play an important role in helping to keep Michigan's lakes, rivers and streams one of the greatest freshwater fisheries in the world. Students will experience firsthand how the DNR collects eggs and raises fish. The program ties in history, ecology, biology and stewardship. The weir, part of the Platte River State Fish Hatchery, is located in Beulah in Benzie County.

After a brief overview, school groups will be rotated through the stations and spend a few minutes at each station. DNR staff conducting the egg take will take a few moments with each group to explain what they are doing. This tour is typically available during the third week of October.

Tours of the Bordman Weir

Free weir tours from early-September to mid-October. Schools are invited to visit the weir during the annual fish take to see firsthand how the DNR actively manages these world class waters. Students will experience the sights, sounds and smells of the amazing process in which thousands of fish swim up river into the weir.

School programs will encompass history, ecology, biology and natural resource stewardship.

Making a Reservation

Teachers, please call the Center in advance to schedule your program at 231-779-1321 or email