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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Karen Allen

Karen Allen currently teaches reading and language arts in grades 2-7 at the Mackinac Island Public School on Mackinac Island. Originally from Pontiac, Michigan, Karen has worked at the school since 1988 and resides on the island year round. Each Spring Karen produces a Broadway Jr. production with her students. She enjoys traveling and created a travel club at the school. Karen, a CMU alum, offers walking tours of the island as a side business. Karen has a daughter who attended the University of Michigan and now works in the Detroit area.

Steve Brisson

Steve Brisson currently serves as the Deputy Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks. He received his B.A. in history from Northern Michigan University and his M.A. in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, N.Y. A Michigan native, he completed his graduate internship at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village. Steve previously worked as a curator for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin before joining Mackinac State Historic Parks in 1996. He has written several articles and four books on Mackinac Island's history. He lives in Cheboygan and works out of the Mackinac State Historic Parks Mackinaw City office in the winter and the Mackinac Island office at Fort Mackinac in the summer.

Jeff Dykehouse

Jeff Dykehouse has worked for the Mackinac State Historic Parks (MSHP) since 1983 and is the Curator of Natural History for the MSHP. Trained as a biologist, he has worked as an interpretive naturalist, environmental educator, research biologist, and audiovisual specialist for a number of Michigan’s State and National Parks. Jeff has been a “birder” all his life and has had a master Federal Bird Banding permit for over 30 years. Jeff lives on the shore of Lake Huron near Cheboygan with his wife and their three children.

Patricia Martin

Patricia Martin holds a master’s of science degree in field botany from Central Michigan University (CMU) where she wrote her thesis entitled “A Floristic Study of the Vascular Plants of Mackinac Island, Michigan.” She also holds a secondary education teaching certificate from CMU and did her undergraduate work in biology and chemistry at Alma College in Alma, Michigan. She taught school in England, Richmond, Michigan, and on Mackinac Island where she continues to substitute teach. She grew up on the island where she lives year round. For 11 years she was both a natural history interpreter and head historic house interpreter for the Mackinac State Historic Parks. For the last three decades she has run her family home, Bogan Lane Inn, as a bed and breakfast and writes the weekly “Nature Notes” column for the Mackinac Island Town Crier. Trish is a member of the Mackinac Horsemen’s Association, and serves on the Planning Commission, the Environmental Advisory Committee, and the Ministry Support Team of Trinity Episcopal Church where she is also one of the priests.

Lisa Craig-Brisson

Lisa Craig Brisson lives on Mackinac Island in the summer and in Cheboygan, Michigan during the winter. She holds undergraduate degrees in history and social studies-secondary education from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, and a master’s degree in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in New York. Lisa has worked at historic sites all over the country including Historic Fort Snelling and the Alexander Ramsey House in Minnesota, Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, the Farmer’s Museum in New York, and most recently Mackinac State Historic Parks. From 1999 to 2012, Lisa worked as an independent museum history educator. Some of her favorite former projects include operating a historic walking excursion business on Mackinac Island, helping update the Mackinac Island Carriage Tour experience, and serving as a local coordinator for a project that brought a Smithsonian Institution exhibit about food to the Cheboygan Area Public Library. Lisa was hired this year to serve as the Executive Director for the Michigan Museums Association, which gives her the opportunity to work with museums throughout the state. To say she is thrilled to pieces with this new venture would be an understatement. In her free time, Lisa enjoys learning about local foods and writes the weekly food column for the Cheboygan Daily Tribune.

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