Run for the Trees Happy Little 5k

The Michigan DNR’s Bob Ross-inspired Happy Little 5K called ‘Run for the Trees’ at Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District and Cranberry Lake Park is April 22 – 29, 2022. The 5k route will start at the east end of the historic district near the stone barbeque, traveling west past the apple orchard, then to the beehives, Cranberry Lake, all the way to Romeo Road, then back to Predmore Road via the trails and old farm lane, and finally ending at the newly created Story Garden. Take a selfie, use the hashtag #CLFdistrict and post it on their Facebook Page. Participants pick the day and time. Walk, jog, or run our marked course throughout the historic district and park.

Graphic for the event using an image of Bob Ross with trees in the background.

Historic District Commissioner Ron Bargy is a big fan of Bob Ross, having painted with Bob’s televised demonstrations since his college days, saying “I can still watch him on Hulu or YouTube, and have received a Bob Ross coloring book and puzzle as a gift. In my family ‘We Respect the Bob’.” All proceeds go to support tree planting and forest protection in State Parks.

While registration has ended with the DNR, runners may still participate in running or walking the Oakland Township course. “We have mapped out a great route for all, and we want people to come out to experience our great historic park connected to the 213-acre park of woods, bogs, and meadows. Signs will be placed at intersections and a brochure with maps will be at the starting point, so you don’t’ get lost,” said Barbara Barber, Preservation Planner.

Oakland Township Trustee Lana Mangiapane said, “She hopes we may also see some artists out painting the landscapes during your visit as we also host four Plein Air painting workshops during the summer.” One of Bob Ross famous sayings, “We don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.” Donations are being accepted for the historic farm’s garden maintenance by contacting

Map of the 5k route
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