March 2022 eNewsletter

Throughout 2022, FLSP will celebrate its 30th Anniversary by looking back at the history of FLSP.

We are pleased this month to feature the history of the FLSP as told by the person that is likely most responsible for its creation, Warren (Mike) Mullen. To read how Mike was instrumental in starting FLSP and the early history of FLSP click here

Successful Lit Lanterns Events

Hopefully you were one of the hundreds of individuals that made it out for one of the lit lantern snowshoe / hike events this year. The last event occurred on Saturday, February 26 with about 175 people. The evening also included an InspiREadiing book walk put together by the Mason Lake Oceana Great Start Initiative of the West Shore ESD. Families were able to pick up a copy of the book, "The Mitten" -- a Ukrainian fairy tale -- a mitten stuffed with activity pages and flashlights to read the storyboard chapters placed along the one-mile lantern lit trail. It was pretty darn cool -- as in fun.

Park Interpreter Alan Wernette met with visitors at the amphitheater campfire where hot chocolate and marshmallows were available.

A big thank you to our volunteers, to the Great Start Initiative crew, Alan Wernette and to all who came out to enjoy a beautiful evening in Ludington State Park. Lantern-lit hikes will return next year.

Upcoming Events

FLSP has one remaining session scheduled this year via Zoom, regarding the Ludington State Park. Everyone is invited to participate in this free session by registering here.

  • State of the Ludington State Park with Jim Gallie, LSP Park Manager - Tuesday, April 26, 7 p.m.

A recording of Alan Wernette's February session -- Great Lakes, Past Present and Future is available along with the other recorded Zoom sessions by clicking here.

Shout Out to a Ludington Business

One of the lead sponsors of Brrewfest in January was Ludington Bay Brewery. At the conclusion of Brrewfest they asked if they could have one of the FLSP laminated flyers that lists some of the upcoming additions to the LSP.  Thank you to Ludington Bay for placing it, along with a FLSP sticker, on their front door. If you are enjoying a meal or beverage at Ludington Bay Brewery please thank them for supporting FLSP.

Front door of Ludington Bay Brewery

Volunteers Needed for Returnables Program

As we start heading into Spring, FLSP will be busy coordinating the start of the returnable season at LSP.  Please keep this in mind as you plan your summer -- FLSP will need volunteers to assist with the sorting and returning of returnable cans and bottles. If you are willing to help out with this recycling program and fundraiser for FLSP please send us a note at 

Adopt-a-Trail and Hike Coordinators 

In 2022, FLSP hopes to announce a more formal Adopt-a-Trail program where volunteers can adopt different trails and areas within the LSP. Adopting a trail or area will require a commitment to periodically walk the area, pick-up any trash and report on the condition of the trail or area. 

FLSP is also considering starting informal guided hikes once or twice a month.  In order to offer such a program we would need hike leaders. Hike leaders would choose a 3 to 7 mile hike to lead. These would be informal hikes with hikers walking at their preferred pace.

If you would be interested in adopting a trail or being a hike leader, please let us know by sending an email to 

Please consider donating to FLSP!

There are many ways to support the FLSP. You may give towards overall park stewardship (trees, trail maintenance, historical structure repair), programming (summer entertainment, environmental education, signage, snowshoeing) or specific projects. See our donor page for more information. 


It is that time of year to pay your annual membership. If you have not done so already, please pay your 2022 membership on-line or by mailing a check to FLSP indicating that it is for a membership.