Lifestyle & Recreation

Alina Zhuravel

A mid-Michigan tree farm is becoming a popular holiday destination. WKAR student reporter Alina Zhuravel traveled to Peacock Road Family Farm to tell us why their Santa Experience events are so popular. 


When people think of Lansing, the first thing that comes to mind may be the capitol building where Michigan lawmakers meet. But, outside of the marble hallways, the capital city also offers places to admire the changing seasons. WKAR’s Alina Zhuravel sends an audio postcard from Lansing’s River Trail.

Saturday marked downtown Lansing’s first ever Halloween themed, Killer Car show. 


Nearly three dozen cars parked in on the Michigan Avenue lot at Lansing Center masqueraded the “Scooby-Doo” Mystery Machine and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” train. 


Potter Park Zoo

Many activities that are meant to be fun can be stressful for kids that have autism. Now, some local services are offering sensory friendly alternatives. WKAR student reporter Alina Zhuravel explains why these activities can be beneficial for children with special needs, as well as their parents.

(from left to right) Timothy Morgan, Cherry Hamrick, Andy Schor, Melissa Buzzard ,Bryan Crenshaw
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A new bridge along the Lansing River Trail east of Potter Park Zoo was unveiled on Tuesday. The galvanized steel bridge has replaced two older bridges in the same area and brought the trail higher above the flood level. 

Fenner Nature Center, Lansing
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation providing $26 million for land purchases and outdoor recreation projects.

Water Warrior Island
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Water parks are scheduled to open May 25 at three Michigan state parks.

Fr. Bill Lugger photo
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You may have noticed an odd set of coincidences on your calendar this year. Today is Valentine’s Day, but it also happens to be Ash Wednesday. Here’s another: Easter will fall on April Fool’s Day. This is the first time the Lenten calendar has played out this way since 1945.

SungWon Cho: MSU's Other YouTube Star

Dec 26, 2017

Michigan State University alumnus SungWon Cho, known online as ProZD, is making quite a name for himself. Cho has amassed a large digital following from his apartment in Haslett.

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On this first day of firearms hunting season, Michigan hunters and wildlife officials are closely watching for cases of Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal neurological disorder that’s affecting deer herds in some parts of the Lansing area.


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Officials say a stretch of the North Central State Trail in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula is closed after heavy rains washed away a portion of the trail.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail

A hiking and biking path connecting botanical gardens at the University of Michigan's with the area's network of trail systems is opening this weekend.

Pet-Friendly Camping Options Slated For November

May 30, 2017
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Starting on Nov. 1, camping with pets in Michigan will become an option. 

Music Helped Owosso Coffee Shop Find Its Purpose

May 4, 2017
Whitney Dedic / Foster Coffee Company

Foster Coffee Company in Owosso traces its roots to a rock band life and its future to being a community center. 

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On Wednesday morning, Cara Nader, owner of Strange Matter Coffee Company talked about her love of coffee and starting a coffee business in Lansing.