MSU - MDNR Bald Mountain Recreation Area Project . Abbey Neerken Minji Lee Erin Woods. Bald Mountain Recreation Area. 4,637 acres spread across three separate units ( North Unit , South Unit and West Unit )
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4,637 acres spread across three separate units (North Unit, South Unit and West Unit)
Bald Mountain Recreation Area is situated in Orion Township, which is located in the northwest portion of Oakland County. Its geographic coordinates approximate 42 ۫ 74” latitude and 83 ۫ 22” longitude.
Bald Mountain Recreation Area is located north of I-75 and directly east and west of M-24, otherwise known as S. Lapeer Rd. The park is easily accessible from I-75 via M-24.
Two regional trail systems provide direct connection to portions of Bald Mountain Recreation Area. The Paint Creek Trail, overseen by the Paint Creek Trailways Commission, connects the City of Rochester to Lake Orion through Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, and Orion Township.
“Ultimately, without cooperation and collaboration, recreation agencies would come into competition with each other” (Parks & Recreation Magazine 2005)
“Collaboration + Communication = Diversification. Diversifications = No Competition”
The purpose of this study is to identify, assess and recommend potential opportunities for partnerships that Bald Mountain Recreation Area can participate in to increase use of, visitation to, and revenue generation for the site. This will help ensure vitality and growth for a long-term, successful, and thriving recreation area for MDNR as well as the patrons of BMRA.
1) Compare the Oakland County Park’s (OCP) Partners with Bald Mountain’s partners.
2) InvestigateOakland County Schools (OCS) to find out why more schools are not involved with Bald Mountain Recreation Area.
“Partnerships are defined as the voluntary pooling of resources (labor, capital, information) between two or more parties to achieve collaborative goals” (Mowen, Payne, Orsega-Smith & Godbey, 2009) .
Efficency in achieving goals
Sharing of costs
Leverage for obtaining funding
Sharing of information
78 teachers responded from 8 different schools
General education (All)- 29
Science - 10
Special education - 6
Math - 5
Language art - 3
Technology/Media - 3
Counselor - 2
Foreign Language - 2
History - 2
Music/Art - 2
Physical Education - 2
Social studies - 2
Speech - 2
Life skills/food - 1 Total : 71
43 teachers do not currently takes students on outdoor field trips; 21 of those teachers are interested in doing so.
What other factors do you consider most important when considering the development of an off-campus, outdoor field trip or after-school activity?
Relation to School Curriculum - 14
Cost of transportation- 8
Time limit - 6
Parents supervision - 5
Student Interest - 5
Maximum number of participant- 3
Structure and planning - 3
Knowledgeable staff - 1
Maintained trails/running - 1
“The few studies that have examined collaborative partnerships within the park and recreation field have found a large discrepancy between support for collaborative partnerships and the actual collaborative efforts that are taking place. This suggests that park and recreation professionals and faculty conceptually recognize the promise of collaboration, but may lack the knowledge, motivation, skills or resources to initiate and maintain these collaborative efforts.”
“Come Together” Jason Bocarro and Bob BacelonaRelationship of Bald Mountain RA to Other Park Resources
Collaborative efforts aimed at increasing student opportunities for field-based learning represent a most obvious win-win scenario for both parties