The Michigan Activity Pass program now grants library card users a free daily pass to the Huron-Clinton Metroparks’ 13 parks — including Stony Creek Metropark.

The Michigan Activity Pass program now grants library card users a free daily pass to the Huron-Clinton Metroparks’ 13 parks — including Stony Creek Metropark.

Photo provided by the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority


Activity Pass offers access to parks, historic sites

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published May 11, 2021

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ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Rochester Hills Public Library cardholders can explore hundreds of state parks and other attractions with the swipe of their library card.

The Michigan Activity Pass program — which runs year-round, from May 24 of one year to May 23 of the next — provides library cardholders at participating libraries statewide with free or discounted access to over 450 Michigan state parks and recreation areas, historic sites, cultural attractions, and campgrounds.

Rochester Hills Public Library Director Juliane Morian said libraries traditionally offered self-directed, independent learning in the form of books, which has since expanded to online learning and is now developing into experience-based learning resources — like the Michigan Activity Pass.

“By checking out a museum, cultural institution or Metropark, our community members activate new and different parts of their brains, and the library is the perfect partner to champion lifelong learning like that,” she said.

The program, the successor to the Museum Adventure Pass, initially started out as a southeast Michigan program and has since expanded to include sites from the entire state.

Brigette Felix, a librarian and MAP expert at The Library Network, said the MAP program is fast and easy to use.

Visitors search destinations by category or ZIP code online and indicate how far they are willing to travel. Once they select a choice, they can secure a free or discounted admission for mobile use or to print and present at the designated destination within one week.  Patrons may check out one MAP pass per library card every seven days.

New this year, Michigan library cardholders can check out a free daily vehicle park pass to visit one of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks’ 13 parks over nearly 25,000 acres — including Stony Creek Metropark.

“It’s a great program for those who have a family or those who are maybe looking to save a little money or who just want to try us out for the first time. This is a great way to do that, and it’s easy on your wallet too,” said Danielle Mauter, the chief of marketing and communications for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

Metroparks Director Amy McMillan said participation in the MAP program is one of many efforts that the Metroparks are making to help remove barriers to access and bolster equitable outdoor recreation opportunities for all.

“Our goal is to help ensure more Michiganders can experience all the different sites and attractions our park system has to offer. We urge library patrons to ‘check us out,’” McMillan said in a statement.

“We know that the Michigan Activity Pass program has been around for a while and it’s really well received by those who use it across the state. We thought that it would be a really great program that pairs well with the mission of the Metroparks to make access to the Metroparks more equitable across our region,” said Mauter.

Locally, patrons can explore Meadow Brook Hall — the historic home built by Matilda Dodge Wilson that was constructed in the 1920s — for $5 off tour admission for up to four adults. The hall currently offers a self-guided tour with hosts stationed throughout the house, a behind-the-scenes guided indoor tour, and a “Great Estate and Gardens” guided outdoor tour.

Shannon O’Berski, the director of external relations for Meadow Brook Hall, said the estate has been participating in the program for several years.

“We’ve found it to be very beneficial because it helps bring in new visitors and more visitors,” she said. “It’s a nice opportunity to experience local culture. When people get here, they are often surprised and want to come back again and see what else we have to offer.”

Patrons who don’t want to travel far can check out a pass for TreeRunner Rochester Adventure Park, near the campus of Oakland University, to receive $5 off the regular admission price.

For a complete list of the participating organizations and more information about the Michigan Activity Pass, go to michiganactivitypass.info or call the Rochester Hills Public Library at (248) 656-2900.

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