For Teachers Old
Kerry Kelly 2005
Coming to the park this spring with a class? Here are our visitor center exhibition scavenger hunts:
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is an outstanding natural classroom that provides educational opportunities to many schools and institutions each year. We hope you will use the resources here to plan a trip to the park or to share the information about this beautiful area of Michigan with your students in the classroom.
Sleeping Bear Dunes was created to preserve the outstanding natural features of this area including 71,000 acres of dunes, beaches, forests, inland lakes and rivers, and glacial phenomena. It also preserves cultural resources that reflect Great Lakes maritime and Michigan agricultural history.
Education is a primary mission of the park. Our goal is to provide high quality programs and services which include self-guided and ranger-led activities. If your school group is planning to come to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you may be eligible for an Education Fee Waiver. We have also included some guidance to help you Plan a Field Trip.
Sleeping Bear Dunes is an expansive classroom filled with learning opportunities. Here are a few examples to wet your appetite for a Field Trip...
Walk through the front door of the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, MI and walk up to the large relief map to see what the area looks like.
View the 15 minute slide show that describes the legends and history of the area through beautiful photos that highlight beauty of the the seasons in the Lakeshore. Walk through the Natural Resource Exhibit while you are here.
Feel the wind, see the different shades of aqua in Lake Michigan, and be amazed at the size of the bluffs as you look up the coast and spot South Manitou Island...
Imagine your ship going aground in the Manitou Passage and a Life-Saving Service crewman shooting the Lyle Gun to your ship to save you and other passengers...
We hope you and your students unearth a vast array of new discoveries and find Sleeping Bear Dunes a perfect extended classroom. Explore this section of the web site to find resources to plan your field trip or find information that you can use in your classroom. Self-guided activities will give you ideas and resources that you can use to lead your class on a learning adventure any time. Ranger-guided activities must be pre-arranged with park staff. Our Rangers will share their in-depth knowledge with your students in a dynamic learning experience. It is sometimes difficult to schedule a Ranger during the busy times of the year, so plan ahead if you want to include one of these programs in your field trip.