Northern Michigan Walks To School Day



Northern Michigan Walks to School Day is a community-wide, multi-school celebration. It’s a day for taking bold, strong steps to get to school and is part of the National Walk To School Day. This year, Northern Michigan Walks to School Day is Wednesday, October 7.

Last year, over 1100 students from across Northern Michigan walked to school on the annual event. 2020 is throwing us a few curveballs, but we still believe that walking to school deserves a celebration. This year, we invite you to participate anyway possible. If you are attending school virtually, you can still count by including a walk as part of your school day. If you’re going to school, we invite you to organize your own class or a small pod to meet up and walk to school. Park and Strolls totally count. And, as always, if you’re taking the school bus, that stroll to the bus stop counts as well.

This year we will once again award The Most Walk-tastic to the school that shines the brightest. The 2019 recipient was Northport Public School. The award goes to the school with the most students walking on Walk to School Day.

Help Your School be The Most Walk-tastic


Northern Michigan Walk to School Day is made possible with generous support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, TBA Credit Union, and Traverse City Track Club. In addition to the 1000’s of students, over two dozen schools across Northern Michigan participated in the 2019 event. There is no age requirement. Everyone from pre k to 12th grade, including teachers, staff, and principals are welcome to join the walk.


Everyone is welcome to lace up their shoes and participate. Pre-K to 12th grade, including all the teachers, staff, principals, and anyone we missed. If you are staying home for school online, you also county. Let’s get out and walk. If you live too far from home, drive to one of our “Park & Stroll” locations below. A 5-10 minute walk to your bus stop totally counts, also.


  • Walking to school improves academic performance
  • Walking to school creates a good life experience
  • Walking to school starts the outdoors experience 
  • Walking to school provides daily exercise for children

So set those alarms a little earlier for October 7. Eat a solid breakfast. And, invite a friend or six to join all of Northern Michigan to Walk to School.


This year is a little bit different. To keep everyone safe and to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, Walk to School Day will be decentralized and rely on participants to organize their own teams and walks. If a student is learning at home, this is a great opportunity to include parents and grandparents in a walk.

When you do walk with others, remember:

  • Wear a mask
  • Watch your distance from each other
  • Wash your hands before and after


Don’t see your school? Sign it up HERE.

Live too far from school to walk or maybe your school isn’t yet safe to walk to? No worries. You can still play.

  • Our Park & Stroll locations offer designated places to park and then walk 5-10 minutes to school with your child. Have an idea where a convenient, safe location and route could be. Let us know HERE.
  • Organize a short walk before the bell rings on campus like Cherryland Middle School in Elk Rapids.

Don’t forget to commit!




Our friends at Oryana will be generously providing healthy snacks at their “bus stop” for TCAPS Montessori, Trinity Lutheran and Central Grade students.

The Traverse City Police Department will also be walking to school with us. How awesome is that?

We are looking for extra volunteers to help keep the kids safe, count walkers at school and hand out highfives. Please sign up HERE.

Email questions to


Thank you, Sponsors!

Thank you, Community Partners!