Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is looking to the stars and celebrating 40 years as a unit of the National Park Service! Join us from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 21 for a special presentation of the night sky in partnership with the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society. Get a close-up look at the (almost) full moon, search for planets, and enjoy the views from the top of the dunes. Dress for the weather and take a flashlight for the walk back to your vehicle. Meet at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Overlook #3. For inclement weather, please meet at the Visitor Center in Empire for an indoor presentation.
On October 21, 1970, the United States Congress established Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and added it to their expanding National Park System. Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced that the 40th Anniversary of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore would be celebrated throughout the next year, beginning on Thursday, October 21, 2010 with a star party at 6:00 p.m. on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. It was President Richard Nixon who signed Public Law 91-479 40 years ago that states,
The public is invited to share in the first anniversary event by bundling up for an evening of land and sky gazing on the Scenic Drive, which will remain open longer than usual that night. From the vantage point on Picnic Mountain (Overlook #3), friends, neighbors, and visitors may view many of the 71,291 acres that were set aside for protection and enjoyment for all future generations. Light refreshments will also be served.
For more information about the National Lakeshore, please call 231-326-5134.
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.