Growing up in northern Michigan, I spent a lot of time outside, from cross country skiing with my parents to camping with my aunts and cousins, hunting deer with my dad and fishing with my grandpa, spending summer breaks at our family's Upper Peninsula cottage and swimming in Lake Michigan after hard summer jobs in high school.
I've maintained a lifelong love of the outdoors and constantly pursue new skills and forms of outdoor recreation while seeking to better understand and improve the environmental factors upon which our outdoor recreation activities depend.
Michigan Outside is my way of sharing what I've experienced and learned with anyone who loves to spend time outside in Michigan. Long live the Fresh Coast.
- Drew YoungeDyke, Michigan Outside
Michigan Outside is a blog at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation, and environmental issues from award-winning outdoor writer Drew YoungeDyke. Fresh blogs and previously published articles explore multiple forms of outdoor recreation around Michigan and the Great Lakes along with the conservation and environmental issues which impact them.
YoungeDyke has earned multiple outdoor media awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers, and 2% for Conservation. He also works for the National Wildlife Federation as a director of conservation partnerships out of the Great Lakes Regional Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, blending professional environmental advocacy with personal outdoor recreation experiences.
His past professional outdoor media experience includes managing outdoor communications for the National Wildlife Federation, editing Michigan Out-of-Doors Magazine, serving as the primary press contact for Michigan United Conservation Clubs and producing communications for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, as well as hosting the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors and Michigan Out-of-Doors podcasts.
He graduated from Michigan State University's James Madison College with a BA in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and earned his JD from the Michigan State University College of Law. He serves on the Pigeon River Country State Forest Advisory Council and the 2% for Conservation Board of Directors.
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