Ice Caves No Longer Safe
The ice formations in Leelanau Township, north of the park, are no longer safe to visit. High winds have fractured the ice, moving it to the west. Huge cracks have formed in the cave arches, making them very unsafe and open water is now visible.
2008 Junior Ranger Day at the Dunes
Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134
On Saturday, April 26, children of all ages are invited to become Junior Rangers at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Special activities begin at 10:00 a.m. and are planned throughout the day, with a badge and swearing in ceremony at 3:00 p.m. To earn a Junior Ranger badge, young prospects will just need to go on one ranger-led program (morning or afternoon) and complete a few activities in the Junior Ranger booklet that will be available at the Visitor Center in Empire all day. The Junior Ranger booklet is now available free of charge. Adults must accompany children at all times.
“We are excited about celebrating the 2nd Annual National Junior Ranger Day,” said Lisa Myers, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. “All across the country, from Denali National Park in Alaska to Everglades National Park in Florida, kids will go outside to explore, learn and protect their national parks.” At the National Lakeshore, Park Rangers will offer the following programs:
Free Junior Ranger booklets will be available at the Visitor Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visitors to the National Lakeshore need to display an entrance pass on their vehicle whenever and wherever they are recreating within the park boundary. Passes may be purchased at the Visitor Center, campgrounds, Platte Point, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and the Dune Climb ($10/vehicle, valid for seven days; or $20/vehicle, for an entire year).
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?
During the winter of 1870-71, 214 people lost their lives in shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, and congress established the US Life-Saving Service to conduct rescues from shore. This became the US Coast Guard in 1915. Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes to see how these men lived and worked. More...