Sand castles are a fun summertime tradition!

Sand castles and sand sculpting can also be a serious form of art.

Learn the art of sand sculpting from an expert for free at Michigan state parks this summer!

Professional sand artist (who knew there was such a job?!) Janet Schrader will be touring state parks and teaching her craft for free this summer.

The classes are part of the Michigan DNR's Recreation 101 programming which offers a variety of free classes.

Michigan.gov has all of the scheduling and registration information:

Sand Sculpting 101 takes place from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at each location, followed by Sand Sculpting 202 from 12:30 - 2 p.m. The schedule for the classes is as follows:

 

  • Saturday, June 1: Warren Dunes State Park (Berrien County)
  • Saturday, June 8: Van Buren State Park (Van Buren County)
  • Sunday, June 9: Holland State Park (Ottawa County)
  • Saturday, June 15: Ludington State Park (Mason County)
  • Sunday, June 16: P.J. Hoffmaster State Park (Muskegon County)
  • Monday, June 17: Muskegon State Park (Muskegon County)
  • Tuesday, June 18: Duck Lake State Park (Muskegon County)
  • Thursday, June 20: Grand Haven State Park (Ottawa County)
  • Wednesday, August 7: Silver Lake State Park (Oceana County)
  • Thursday, August 8: Charles Mears State Park (Oceana County) 

 

Equipment is limited for these classes, and advance registration is required. To reserve your space in the course, contact Janet Schrader at sandpirate@sbcglobal.net. Cash or check will be accepted as payment for Sand Sculpting 202.

Sounds like a fun, unique way to spend a little time on the beach!

Learn more about Janet "The Sand Pirate" Schrader and see some of her work.

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