Michigan has joined a national coalition of state governments, retailers and nonprofit groups that promotes outdoor recreation, according to the Times Union

The Confluence of States says more people need to know about the economic, social and public health benefits of playing outside.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Michigan’s participation during an “Afternoon for the Outdoors” event Wednesday (Sept. 11) in Grand Rapids.

To be eligible, states must establish an outdoor recreation council and create an office of outdoor recreation with a director and a dedicated budget.

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