Discuss the unusual combination of Mackinac Island history (Native, French, English, and American) and learn how each culture played a role in the island's development. Discover the island’s role in past wars, as a home for early fur traders, explorers, and mapmakers, and its development as a popular tourist destination (includes 1/2 mile walk on paved road/sidewalk).
Group will be split in two: Half will attend a classroom session to study the unique flora and plant life on the island followed by a walking field trip to experience the island's natural beauty up close (1 – 1.5 hour leisurely walk on paved road). The other half will visit the historic Grand Hotel for an elegant, but casual, afternoon of tea (taxi to and from Grand Hotel or walk back to hotel on own).
Learn about one of Mackinac Island’s most important resources – the horses. Discuss their many roles, their care, and why they are so essential to island life today.