Ice Caves No Longer Safe
The ice formations in Leelanau Township, north of the park, are no longer safe to visit. High winds have fractured the ice, moving it to the west. Huge cracks have formed in the cave arches, making them very unsafe and open water is now visible.
Plan A Field Trip
The first step in planning your field trip is to align the activities during your visit to the learning objectives and curriculum goals for the students. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers many opportunities to learn about the natural resources and environment as well as cultural history of the area. Your limited time here will require you to plan the specific learning experiences your students will be exposed to while you are here.
Your trip will probably involve some Self-Guided activities and possibly some activities that will be led by a Ranger. Investigate both categories and put together a tentative agenda for your trip.
Your next step is to fill out our Educator's Planning Form. This will help you organize your thoughts and the required information before you call to make your reservation (231-326-5134).
Your group may be eligible for an Education Fee Waiver. Review the requirements and procedure for requesting the waiver before making your reservation.
Did You Know?
The Piping Plover is an endangered species that makes its home on the wide open beaches of Lakes Michigan and Superior. Several nesting pairs have made the shores of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore their home. Their nesting areas have been marked so they will not be disturbed.