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.
Be a National Park Ranger this Summer!
Join the National Park Service! Put on the Ranger uniform, receive training, and work at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for eight weeks between June and August. Then, take your experiences back to the classroom to share with your students.
Teachers receive a $300/week stipend, a uniform, training, and housing at the park (if needed). Government housing is in or near Empire, MI, and usually shared with one or more seasonal staff members.
The Teacher-Ranger will have the opportunity to work on various projects and activities including, but not limited to, conducting Junior Ranger and interpretive programs, writing and/or reviewing curriculum-based school activities for all grades, participating in outreach efforts, and working behind the information desk at the Visitor Center.
Application Deadline is Friday, March 20, 2009
The intent of the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program is to provide well-rounded experiences for teachers serving as park rangers in national parks. From their experience, teachers develop National Park Service materials to be shared with their students in the classroom and/or on the web. The program will focus on teachers from schools that have diverse student populations.
Click Here to download a copy of the Application Form (pdf file, 23 kb).
Click Here to download a copy of the Principal Approval Form (pdf file, 15 kb).
Click Here to download a copy of the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Information Flyer (pdf file, 105 kb).
Click Here to download a copy of the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Position Description (pdf file, 73 kb).
Did You Know?
Sleeping Bear Dunes includes two large islands in Lake Michigan - North and South Manitou Islands. Take a day trip to South Manitou Island and explore the island village and lighthouse or take a motor tour of the farming district. If you go to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight! More...