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FUN Nature Exploration Hike for Families

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Date: October 3, 2011

Please join Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, for the Families United with Nature (FUN) event. This time, join park rangers for a FUN afternoon of exploring the outdoors and create your very own nature book! Meet at the D. H. Day Campground Log Cabin to take a closer look at nature, make bark and leaf rubbings, and wax paper leaf pressings. Back at the log cabin, everyone can make a nature book about their adventures. Be sure to dress for the weather.

FUN is a free outdoor activity club for families of all shapes and sizes that is hosted by the National Lakeshore. Park rangers lead programs for families to get outdoors together and try their hand at something new, breathe a little fresh air, and meet other families who enjoy being outside. FUN meets once a month with additional special events throughout the year. Some of the FUN activities this year included Winter and Summer Olympics, fishing, and a campfire! Families do not have to attend all activities; just join in on the FUN whenever you can.

Join the club by attending a FUN event and filling out a membership card. Members will receive free journals to document their outdoor activities. FUN activities are free; however, a National Lakeshore Entrance Pass is required for each vehicle. The Entrance Pass costs $10 and is good for a full week for everyone in the vehicle. The Annual Park Entrance Pass is only $20 and good for a year from purchase date. Buy either pass at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. Reservations for programs are not required, but are recommended by contacting Park Ranger Sarah Chalup at 231-326-5135, ext. 331, or sarah_chalup@nps.gov.

For more information, please call the National Lakeshore at 231-326-5134 or visit their website at www.nps.gov/slbe. Also, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sbdnl.

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