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New Head Start Program at the DIA

Detroit, MI (December 2019)—For the first time, the DIA is piloting a Head Start program in partnership with the Walters Family Foundation. Nearly 150 four-year-old Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county children and their caregivers will attend a series of three programs at the museum this school year to explore art with DIA gallery teachers and learn to make a project of their own in the art-making studio.Afterward, they’ll be supplied with all the material to complete a project together at home.

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Preserving Michigan’s Scenic Waterways Through Local Stewardship with American Rivers

Michigan is a state defined by water. While it is known for its connection to the Great Lakes, it’s also home to some of the most outstanding rivers in the United States: from the Au Sable, Manistee and Pere Marquette rivers in the south to the Presque Isle, Ontonagon, and Paint rivers in the Upper Peninsula. While boasting some 51,438 miles of rivers and streams, just one percent of these waterways are protected nationally as “Wild and Scenic.” Those that are designated need ongoing stewardship.

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Atwater Beach groundbreaking signals next big thing for Detroit riverfront

Detroit, MI (August 27, 2018)—The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy broke ground Monday afternoon on Atwater Beach, the latest addition to the city's waterfront attractions. Featuring a sandy "beach," play areas for kids and food and drink offerings, Atwater Beach will sit along the east riverfront between Chene Park East and Stroh River Place. When opened next year, the park also will feature a floating café barge serving food and drinks.

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Reconnecting 14 Miles of Upstream Habitat on Milligan Creek

Cheboygan County, MI (July 10, 2018)—Starting in July, construction will begin on a project to reconnect 14 miles of upstream habitat on Milligan Creek. Milligan of Creek flows north from Duby Lake until it feeds into the Upper Black River a few miles north M-68. A cool- to coldwater trout stream that serves as a large tributary of the Upper Black, the health of Milligan Creek is important for supporting quality habitat and stream health in the region. Some species of fish that live in the Black River and Black Lake utilize Milligan Creek, particularly those seeking colder water.

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