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The Friday 5 — May 15-17

Your guide to staying at home this weekend

C&G Newspapers | Published May 14, 2020

For this week’s stay-at-home edition of the Friday 5, we asked C & G staffers for their recommendations for getting in touch with some nature and the outside world, including local trails and virtual tours. Here are their suggestions:  

1. Local park trails
The Huron-Clinton Metropark System (including Stony Creek Metropark) and the Paint Creek Trail and the Clinton River Trail in the Rochester area. (For more information about the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, visit https://www.metroparks.com.

— Mary Beth Almond, Staff Writer


2. Dog walking and star gazing 
When I’m walking my dog at night, I use earthsky.org to see what it says is in the sky tonight. Then I see if I can find the planets, stars, constellations or other phenomena. I’ve pointed out Canis Major and Canis Minor to my dog.

— David Wallace, Editor


3. Scavenger hunt
My husband, daughter and I went for a drive, starting at 12 Mile Road in St. Clair Shores. We drove south on Jefferson Avenue to the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit and back. I wrote down a list of things for my daughter to spot during our venture, such as someone walking his/her dog, a bicycle, a blue van, a CVS store, etc., to check off as we drove ... kind of like a scavenger hunt. Not many people were out, and we stayed in our car the entire time.

— Maria Allard, Staff Writer 


4. National Park tours
The National Park Foundation is hosting several virtual tours of historic sites and parks, as well as live webcams to take in some nature, at https://www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/take-virtual-visit-national-park. There’s also a page full of tours and activities for kids at https://www.nationalparks.org/our-work/programs/npf-kids.

—  Jon Malavolti, Editor


5. An eye on animals
Bird watching in your yard, and virtual tours of the zoo. (The Detroit Zoo’s educational content, including virtual tours, can be found at https://detroitzoo.org/virtual-vitamin-z/.)

—  Kara Szymanksi, Staff Writer