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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Free Entrance on National Get Outdoors Day

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Date: June 6, 2012

Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce that on Saturday, June 9, 2012 the entrance fee to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be waived in honor of National Get Outdoors Day. "National Get Outdoors Day encourages healthy, active, outdoor fun, and I can't think of a better place to get outdoors and have fun than at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore," said Superintendent Shultz.

Visitors, who arrive at the park on National Get Outdoors Day, will be able to enjoy their park free of charge. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond June 9 will need to purchase an entrance pass for the remainder of their stay. The fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours, or use of concessions. Park fee collection stations will be open and have Annual Passes as well as Interagency Senior and Access Passes available.  

The National Lakeshore, along with the other 397 units of the national park system, will waive the entrance fees as part of this nationwide initiative to encourage everyone to get outdoors and be active in the many wonders of their national parks across America. The other fee-free days this year include: September 29 (National Public Lands Day) and November 10-12 (Veterans Day Weekend).

Did You Know?

Night Sky

The night sky is vital to many plants and animals that call Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore home and it holds a variety of meanings for many cultures. An unpolluted night sky is especially valuable to humans wishing to experience natural darkness, shooting stars, or the Milky Way.