Local Celebrations Planned During National Park Week
Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134
While people across the country are celebrating National Park Week, April 23 through April 28, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore staff is encouraging the public to join them right here in your own back yard for a free “Brown Bag Bonanza” luncheon series. The “Brown Bag Bonanzas” will take place Monday through Friday from noon until 1:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center, and will feature various park employees telling stories and sharing photos from the different National Park sites at which they have worked. Festivities will culminate on Saturday, with a special Junior Ranger Day, where children of all ages are invited to learn about and explore the Lakeshore, earn a badge and take the Junior Ranger oath!
“Bring your lunch and settle in as our Rangers recount their first-hand experiences at special places such as Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Dinosaur, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, and other treasures of the National Park System,” said Dusty Shultz, Superintendent. “You’ll be amazed at the range of experience we have here at Sleeping Bear Dunes,” said Shultz. “Our staff collectively, has worked in over 120 different National Park Service sites around the country.” No park pass is required to participate in the “Brown Bag Bonanzas” and light refreshments will be served.
Finally, on Saturday, April 28, children of all ages are welcome to earn the honor of becoming a Junior Ranger. Come to the Visitor Center in Empire and pick up a free booklet. Follow the special instructions on how to become a Junior Ranger in just one day by joining in the morning and/or afternoon ranger program and then, at 3:00 p.m., assemble in the Visitor Center for a huge swearing in/badge ceremony. There will be light refreshments served and prizes for all.
For more information about the schedule or other Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore activities, please call the Visitor Center at 231-326-5134.
Did You Know?
The Pitcher's thistle is an endangered plant species that is native to the dunes around the Great Lakes. You will find many of them as you hike through the dunes or along the Lake Michigan shores at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More...