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March 13, 2014
Experience the Night Sky at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Join park rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) for guided explorations of the night sky and even a few daytime events as well. The first Star Party is Tuesda

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Sleeping Bear Dunes Creates $151 Million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,531,560 visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) in 2012 spent nearly $152 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 2,818 jobs in the local area.

January 13, 2014
Lakeshore to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King Jr Day
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the entrance fee to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be waived on Monday, January 20.

September 20, 2013
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Presents September Artist-In-Residence Program
This year’s September Artist-In-Residence (AIR) at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is Phillip Donovan, a sculptor from New York. Mr Donovan is living in the National Lakeshore for three weeks, immersing himself in the natural wonders of the dunes, forests, beaches, and varied cultural landscapes this national treasure provides. Mr. Donovan will present a free one-hour program highlighting his work and experience during his residency on Friday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the National Lakeshore’s Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire.

April 16, 2013
Kettles Trail at Bow Lakes Environmental Assessment Public Scoping
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) announced today that the National Park Service proposes to develop a trail system (“Kettles Trail”) on federal lands in the Bow Lakes area of the National Lakeshore. To do so, the National Lakeshore will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) which will describe and analyze alternatives for the Kettles Trail.

April 12, 2013
Did you know that Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is celebrating National Park Week
Did you know… that all 401 national parks across the country will be celebrating National Park Week? Join the festivities at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). There is something for everyone, whether you come out to explore the park on your own, attend the National Junior Ranger Day event for kids from age 1 to 110, join the volunteer appreciation event, watch the movie “Chasing Ice,” or spend an evening under the stars at the “Star Party.”

March 18, 2013
The Effects of Sequestration at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Effective March 1, 2013, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) was required by “sequestration” (a series of automatic, across-the-board permanent spending cuts) to reduce its annual budget by five percent. The park must absorb that cut in the remaining seven months of this fiscal year that ends September 30. The federal law imposing sequestration requires that each park take this cut.

February 26, 2013
Tourism Benefits Local Economy
A new National Park Service report for 2011 shows that the 1,348,304 visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore spent $132,774,000 in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 2,347 jobs in the local area.

January 14, 2013
Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce that the entrance fee to the park will be waived on Monday, January 21.

October 31, 2012
Veterans Day Weekend is Fee-Free at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce that Veterans Day Weekend, November 10-12, 2012, will be celebrated as a fee-free weekend for all park visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

August 06, 2012
Olsen Farm Highilights Domestic Life at Port Oneida Fair
During the Port Oneida Fair, visitors get an up-close and personal peek at the Charles and Hattie Olsen farm into the domestic life of these rural American farmsteads when they come to life and bustle with activity.

August 03, 2012
Upcoming Astronomy Programs
Join park rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) for the final three monthly astronomy events of the year at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore).

August 01, 2012
Port Oneida Fair - Celebrate the Arts at Thoreson Farm
Thoreson Farm will be busy with artisans creating beautiful works during the day and the site of the August star party Saturday night.

July 30, 2012
Port Oneida Fair - Kelderhouse Farm Family History and Civil War Encampment
The Kelderhouse site for the Port Oneida Fair will include the farmhouse, farmstead, and cemetery.

July 23, 2012
Port Oneida Fair Music and Dancing at the Burfiend Barn
10-11) of the 2012 Port Oneida Fair.

July 10, 2012
Port Oneida Fair August 10-11 2012
The 11th Annual Port Oneida Rural Arts and Culture Fair will be held on August 10-11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to the many popular demonstrations, animals and exhibits, the fair will be a zero-waste event, will feature a chicken dinner on Friday, and will end with an astronomy party on Saturday night.

July 05, 2012
Book Signing with Anna Egan Smucker
The National Park Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will host a book signing with Anna Egan Smucker, author of the children’s book To Keep the South Manitou Light, at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

June 26, 2012
Fireworks prohibited within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The possession or use of fireworks is prohibited within the boundaries of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. All types of fireworks are prohibited including sparklers, fountains, firecrackers and rockets.

June 26, 2012
Food Storage Lockers in Place at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) is pleased to announce the installation of 22 animal proof food storage lockers at select locations in the Platte River Campground walk-in and group sites, as well as one in the White Pine Backcountry Campground.

June 25, 2012
Invasive Plant Community Workdays Offered at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Two different Saturday workdays will be offered as a way to involve visitors and community members in projects that also help them learn about different invasive plants impacting the park, local communities, and region.

June 25, 2012
Platte River Campground Reservations Re-Opening for September 2012
The National Park Service is pleased to announce that anyone wishing to reserve a campsite at Platte River Campground within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for September 3-30, 2012 should visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 beginning at 10:00 a.m. on July 8.

June 15, 2012
SMI Boat Dock Extension Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced today the availability of a revised South Manitou Island Boat Dock Extension Environmental Assessment for public review and comment.

June 13, 2012
NPF Awards Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes a 2012 Active Trails Program Grant for the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes have been selected to receive a 2012 Active Trails Grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks.

June 08, 2012
Free Summer Programs at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Would you like to know more about shipwrecks, wilderness, the dunes, or early farm life? Would you like to go on a bike tour, guided hike, or learn the latest information on stargazing and the night sky? Parkrangers are offering a variety of free interpretive programs throughout Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) this summer and inviting everyone to join them. Starting June 10, every day, visitors to the National Lakeshore will have several options.

June 06, 2012
Free Entrance on National Get Outdoors Day
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.

June 01, 2012
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Opens - June 20 Ribbon Cutting
The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail officially opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) Dune Climb on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

May 21, 2012
Upcoming Ranger-led Programs at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Park Ranger-led programs continue at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). Visit the National Lakeshore on Saturdays and Memorial Weekend.

May 21, 2012
Piping Plovers Return to Glen Haven
After several years of limited piping plover nesting activity in the Glen Haven area of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore), four pairs of the federally endangered shorebird have made that beach their home for the summer.

May 16, 2012
Thanking Our Armed Forces - Active Duty US Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks
To show appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on Saturday, May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

May 03, 2012
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Hosts Adopt-A-Beach Kick-Off
If you are looking for a way to help keep Lake Michigan beaches beautiful while enjoying a relaxing walk on the beach once a month, you’ll want to learn more about the Adopt-A-Beach Patrol. Many of the volunteers are families or groups of friends who enjoy hiking beaches together.

April 27, 2012
Saturdays at the Lakeshore Continue - Park Rangers Offer Free Hikes
May is a great time to go on a Park Ranger-led hike at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and the new leaves are appearing, making the forests vibrant once again. While spring is in the air, a hike along one of the National Lakeshore’s magnificent trails can be a great experience. Join park rangers as they share some of their favorite places during “Saturdays at the Lakeshore” this spring.

April 27, 2012
FUN - Water Color Your World
Join park rangers for a FUN afternoon of getting in touch with your creative side. Meet at the Cannery in Glen Haven to create your own masterpiece!

April 25, 2012
Half the Park is After Dark
Join park rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) for a series of monthly astronomy events at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore starting on April 27 in celebration of National Park Week.

April 16, 2012
Antique Apple and Pear Tree Pruning Workshop in May
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be hosting its annual pruning workshop on May 4 in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. The workshop will be held at the Dechow Farmstead, four miles north of Glen Arbor on M-22 across from Port Oneida Road. Just follow the signs.

April 12, 2012
National Park Week
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is inviting everyone to participate in National Park Week at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore the National Lakeshore on your own or join park rangers for special events, including park ranger-led hikes, volunteer opportunities, National Junior Ranger Day, and a Star Party.

April 05, 2012
Saturdays at the Lakeshore Continue
Whether you are a new or frequent visitor, spring is an excellent time to enjoy Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Join park rangers as they share some of their favorite places during Saturdays at the Lakeshore this spring.

March 09, 2012
Revised Firewood Policy
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) is announcing a revision of their current campground firewood policy.

February 29, 2012
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Means Visitors and Money and Jobs for Local Economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,280,932 visitors in 2010 spent $120,482,000 in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) and nearby communities. That spending supported 2,070 jobs in the local area.

February 24, 2012
National Park Service to Burn Debris Piles This Winter
The National Park Service will be burning debris piles this winter at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). A fire crew will burn multiple debris piles in the Port Oneida Historic District along M-22 north of Glen Arbor, as weather permits.

January 27, 2012
Chief of Natural Resources Steve Yancho retires
Steve Yancho, Chief of Natural Resources at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, retired on December 31, 2011 after 36 years with the National Park Service - nearly 34 of them at the Lakeshore.

January 18, 2012
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Receives Transit-in-Parks Grant
The Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Committee, Michigan Department of Transportation, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) are proud to announce that a second Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant has been awarded to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT) in the amount of $1.337 million in construction funds from its Paul S. Sarbanes Transit-in-Parks program. The funds will be used to construct the SBHT segment through the National Lakeshore from Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive to Empire.

January 05, 2012
Entrance Fees Waived for Martin Luther King Jr Day Weekend
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the entrance fee to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be waived during the upcoming holiday weekend, beginning Saturday, January 14 and continuing through Monday, January 16.

December 13, 2011
Snowshoe Hikes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) on snowshoes this winter! Join park rangers for a guided snowshoe hike this holiday season and every Saturday throughout the winter.

December 07, 2011
Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Point Presentation
Please join Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, December 17 at 1:00 p.m. for a shipwreck program presented by diver/historian Ross Richardson. Discover the legends and history of Sleeping Bear Point and learn about the shipwrecks that lie under her waters. This program will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Meet in the visitor center auditorium in Empire.

November 04, 2011
Veterans Day Weekend is Fee-Free at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce that Veterans Day Weekend, November 11 through 13, 2011, will be celebrated as a fee-free weekend for all park visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

October 07, 2011
EPA Announces Funding to Restore Northern Lake Michigan and Put People Back to Work
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects in Northern Michigan totaling $1.1 million. The projects will help to restore the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Grand Traverse Band watersheds and put people back to work, using a conservation corps model to hire unemployed workers to improve habitat and clean up shoreline.

October 07, 2011
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Confirms Type E Botulism in Recent Bird Die-offs and Expects More This Fall
Four gull carcasses collected from beaches in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) have tested positive for type E botulism toxin (avian botulism).

October 03, 2011
Historic Beach Patrol Programs
Fall was traditionally “shipwreck season” on the Great Lakes. One hundred years ago, surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service (LSS) set out each night to hike the shoreline in search of ships in distress. The public is invited to relive history and join park rangers to recreate a traditional evening beach patrol.

October 03, 2011
FUN Nature Exploration Hike for Families
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!

October 03, 2011
South Manitou Island Boat Dock Extension Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced the availability of the South Manitou Island Boat Dock Extension Environmental Assessment for public review and comment.

September 27, 2011
National Park Service to Burn Debris Piles This Fall
The National Park Service will burn debris piles this fall at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. About 45 burn piles were produced as non-native Austrian pines were cut during an invasive tree removal and dune restoration project.

September 15, 2011
Campfire Fun for Families United with Nature
Please join Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, for another Families United with Nature (FUN) event. This time, join Park Rangers for an evening of campfires, stories, and s’mores! Meet park rangers at the D. H. Day Campground Log Cabin where they will build campfires on the beach, play campfire games, and learn about fire safety! Be sure to dress in clothes appropriate for the weather. If it is raining, activities will take place in the Log Cabin.

September 14, 2011
Lyme Disease and Tick Presentation
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be hosting a presentation on Lyme disease and ticks on Thursday, September 15, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., in the auditorium of the National Lakeshore visitor center in Empire. Visitors are encouraged to come and learn about tick identification, their life cycles, the diseases they transmit, and the measures used for prevention.

September 12, 2011
Emerald Ash Borers Kill National Lakeshore Ash Trees
In mid-June, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) staff identified an ash tree near Little Glen Lake infested with Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

September 07, 2011
Star Party at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) on Saturday, September 10 at 9:00 p.m. for an evening under the stars. Park rangers and members of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society invite you to the Dune Climb to take a closer look at the night sky; a very important part of this beautiful place!

August 24, 2011
National Park Service Manages Small Fire on North Manitou Island
A lightning-caused fire was discovered on North Manitou Island by Park Rangers on backcountry patrol on Friday, August 19, 2011. The one-tenth acre fire was ignited by a lightning strike on the southwest side of Lake Manitou, most likely during a storm that passed through on August 16. The fire is smoldering in accumulated leaves and needles on the forest floor and is spreading very slowly at this time.

August 24, 2011
Families United with Nature Summer Olympics at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Join park rangers for another Families United with Nature (FUN) day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) and this time compete in the FUN Summer Olympics!

August 17, 2011
We always knew it! Sleeping Bear Dunes is the Most Beautiful Place in America
Good Morning America produced evidence this morning that proved to everyone what most people in northern Michigan already knew - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the most beautiful place in America! The ABC morning news program conducted a poll on their website last week asking people to vote for one of ten places nominated for the honor by their viewers. On Wednesday, they announced the winner - and it came as no surprise.

June 16, 2011
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Awarded America Best Idea Grant
Nineteen national parks receive grants from the National Park Foundation to support interactive and engaging projects that will strengthen Americans’ connection with their national parks.

May 27, 2011
Volunteers needed to monitor
Volunteers are being sought to assist with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s avian botulism beach monitoring program. An informational training program for prospective volunteers will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) visitor center, 9922 Front Street, in Empire.

May 23, 2011
New Firewood Policy at Sleeping Bear Dunes NL
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is announcing a new firewood program established to protect park forests from invasive insect and diseases commonly spread through the transport of firewood.

May 17, 2011
Black Bear Sightings at Sleeping Bear Dunes National lakeshore
Bear sightings within the park have increased, particularly near the Platte River Campground.

January 18, 2011
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail receives $1.6 million Transit-in-Parks grant
The Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Committee, Michigan Department of Transportation, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Lakeshore) are proud to announce the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT) $1.625 million in construction funds from its Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program.The funds will be used to construct the SBHT segment from the Dune Climb to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in the Lakeshore.

December 17, 2010
Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland
Winter is here and so are our holiday snowshoe hikes on Sunday, December 26 and Thursday, December 30, 2010. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center in Empire.

November 02, 2010
Veterans Day is Fee-Free at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
No abstract supplied.

October 18, 2010
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
No abstract supplied.

October 15, 2010
Invasive Tree Removal at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning to remove a non-native invasive Austrian pine infestation this fall as part of a prairie warbler habitat restoration project.

October 13, 2010
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Presents Artist-in-Residence Program by Mr. Darron Lillian
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to introduce October’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Darron Lillian, a pastel artist from Waukesha, Wisconsin, is out exploring the natural wonders of the dunes, forests, beaches, and varied cultural landscapes this national treasure provides. He will present a free program for the public highlighting his work on Friday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m., in Empire at the National Lakeshore’s Visitor Center.

September 22, 2010
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Presents 2010 Artist-in-Residence Program
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to introduce September’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Kaye Krapohl, an oil painter from Traverse City, Michigan, is immersing herself in the natural wonders of the dunes, forests, beaches, and varied cultural landscapes this national treasure provides. She will present a free program for the public highlighting her work on Friday, October 8, at 2:00 p.m. in Empire at the National Lakeshore’s Visitor Center.

September 20, 2010
North Manitou Island Deer Hunt Permits Available
Permits are available for the North Manitou Island special deer hunt within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The season begins with a bow hunt on October 1 and will end after the final firearm deer hunt on November 7.

September 13, 2010
National Lakeshore Hosts Beach Cleanup and Free Admission for National Public Lands Day
No abstract supplied.

August 30, 2010
Extended Schedule - September Bike Tours at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Superintendent Dusty Shultz announces the continuation of the 2010 bicycle tour program at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

August 06, 2010
New Junior Ranger Book Released at National Lakeshore. Two Families Receive Awards. Program Linked to First Lady's "Let's Move" Initiative
On August 4, 2010, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore launched its new Junior Ranger Book; a 20-page, full-color publication, full of fun and educational activities for people of all ages. The first group of people to complete the new books received special recognition. The program promotes healthy family recreation on public lands and was chosen as one of only 20 national parks to launch Let’s Move Outside Junior Range;a component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to end childhood obesity.

July 30, 2010
Black Bear Sightings at Sleeping Bear Dunes
No abstract supplied.

July 27, 2010
Glen Haven Historic Village Rehabilitation Continues
No abstract supplied.

July 09, 2010
Summer Bike Tours at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Superintendent Dusty Shultz announces the continuation in 2010 of summer bike tours at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. As part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), Interpretive Park Ranger Ryan Locke will lead bicycle tours that focus on how invasive species are affecting our native plants and animals here on the Lake Michigan shoreline. Ryan, from Spring Lake, Michigan, has already spent the past two summers leading other bicycle tours throughout the National Lakeshore. Thanks to GLRI funding, the park was able to add these new programs to its offerings this year.

June 18, 2010
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Detects New Bird Die-Off - Volunteers Needed to Assist
No abstract supplied.

June 08, 2010
Modifications to Glen Haven Development Plan Available for Public Review
No abstract supplied.

April 30, 2010
May "Saturdays at the Lakeshore"
No abstract supplied.

April 26, 2010
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Hosts Adopt-A-Beach and Adopt-A-Trail Kickoff Meeting on May 12, 2010
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be hosting a kickoff meeting for Adopt-A-Beach and Adopt-A-Trail volunteers on Wednesday, May 12 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center on M72 in Empire.

April 20, 2010
National Junior Ranger Day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
No abstract supplied.

April 12, 2010
Antique Apple and Pear Tree Pruning Workshop at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in May 2010
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be hosting a pruning workshop on May 7 in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. The workshop will be held at the Peter Burfiend Farmstead just north of Glen Arbor.

April 09, 2010
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Presents Findings from Visitor Survey
Where do all the tourists come from? How much do they spend when they are here? Where do they spend it; in Traverse City, or in Leelanau and Benzie Counties? How did so many people find out about this beach? If you have ever wondered these things, the National Park Service invites you to a presentation on the results of an intensive visitor survey that was conducted at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in July 2008. On Monday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center in Empire, researchers from the University of Idaho’s Park Studies Unit will discuss the answers to these and many other questions about visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes.

March 26, 2010
Ranger-led Hikes Continue in April
No abstract supplied.

March 02, 2010
Snow Olympics for Families United with Nature (FUN) at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
No abstract supplied.

February 24, 2010
Snowshoe Hikes to Continue into March!
The popular Saturday and Sunday afternoon snowshoe hikes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will continue into March as long as snow conditions permit. March often provides some of the best snowshoeing conditions of the winter. If interested, meet at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center on M-72 in Empire at 1:00 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. If you don’t have your own snowshoes, you can reserve a free pair to borrow for use on the hike. Later in the month, if snow conditions deteriorate, Park Rangers will offer guided nature hikes to explore the changing of the seasons.

January 22, 2010
Families United with Nature (FUN) Snowshoe Safari
No abstract supplied.

December 21, 2009
Snowshoe Hikes Resume at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Now that the snow has arrived, join a Park Ranger on snowshoes and explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) in all its winter splendor! To kick off the season, a special holiday vacation snowshoe hike will be held on Wednesday, December 30.  Because the hikes were so popular last year, these programs will be offered every Saturday and Sunday beginning January 2, and continue through the end of February or later, if conditions permit. Each hike will start by meeting at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire at 1:00 p.m. If you do not have your own snowshoes, you can reserve and borrow a pair from the park, free of charge. 

December 15, 2009
Annual Park Pass Makes a Great Gift!
If you are looking for a long-lasting, fun-filled holiday gift for someone who loves to regularly visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore), why not wrap up an annual park pass for them?

December 08, 2009
Lake Michigan Overlooks Environmental Assessment Completed
No abstract supplied.

November 30, 2009
FUN (Families United with Nature) "Winter Wings Bird Bonanza"
No abstract supplied.

November 05, 2009
Fee Free Day on Veterans Day
No abstract supplied.

November 02, 2009
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Announces More Campsites Available for Reservation for 2010 Season at Platte River Campground
Superintendent Dusty Shultz has announced that Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will soon offer more campsite reservations at Platte River Campground through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS).

October 08, 2009
North Manitou Island Deer Hunt Permits Still Available
Permits are still available for the North Manitou Island special deer hunt within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

September 25, 2009
Park Rangers Offer Free Programs in October
No abstract supplied.

September 20, 2009
National Lakeshore Presents Artist-in-Residence Program by Ellie Harold
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to introduce 2009’s September Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Ellie Harold, a plein aire painter from Frankfort by way of Georgia, is living in the Lakeshore for three weeks, immersing herself in the natural wonders of the dunes, forests, beaches and the varied cultural landscapes this national treasure provides. She will present a free program highlighting her work on Friday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lakeshore visitor center.

September 18, 2009
Lakeshore Hosts Beach Clean Up for National Public Lands Day
No abstract supplied.

September 11, 2009
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to Offer Sneak Peeks at PBS Documentary
The National Park Service and WCMU Public Broadcasting invites the public to two, free preview screenings of the Ken Burns documentary series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”, which will premiere on PBS in late September.

September 03, 2009
Free Fall Fun - "Saturdays at the Lakeshore" in September
No abstract supplied.

September 02, 2009
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Corrects 2008 Visitation Figures
Superintendent Dusty Shultz has announced the correction of the park’s visitation figures from July 2008.

August 10, 2009
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Announces Fee-Free Weekend August 15-16
No abstract supplied.

August 03, 2009
Port Oneida Fair Scheduled for August 7-8
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce this year’s Port Oneida Fair, which will be held August 7 and 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District of the Lakeshore.

July 28, 2009
Free Park Ranger-Led Programs for End-of-Summer Fun
Are you looking for a fun way to enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation? How about spending it learning about shipwrecks, beavers, native plants, or early farm life? Or perhaps going on a bike tour, guided hike, or Park Ranger-led campground program on stargazing? National Park Service Park Rangers will continue to offer a variety of interpretive programs throughout the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore from August 2 to September 7, 2009.

July 02, 2009
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Detects New Bird Die-Off
No abstract supplied.

June 24, 2009
Bicycle Tours Offered at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
No abstract supplied.

June 19, 2009
Park Rangers Announce Summer Programs
Would you like to know more about shipwrecks, beavers, native plants, or early farm life? Would you like to go on a bike tour, guided hike, or learn the latest information on stargazing and the night sky? National Park Service Park Rangers are offering a variety of interpretive programs throughout Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore this summer and they invite everyone to join them. Every day, visitors to the National Lakeshore will have several options.

June 11, 2009
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Announces Fee-Free Weekends
No abstract supplied.

May 29, 2009
Enjoy "Saturdays at the Lakeshore" in June
No abstract supplied.

May 29, 2009
National Trails Day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
No abstract supplied.

May 28, 2009
Lake Michigan Overlooks Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced today the availability of the Lake Michigan Overlooks Environmental Assessment beginning on June 1, 2009. The Environmental Assessment (EA) describes and analyzes alternative approaches for addressing visitor safety, resource damage, and maintenance issues while continuing to offer the spectacular views at this popular site on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

May 22, 2009
Relighting the Historic South Manitou Island Lighthouse
On Saturday, May 30, 2009, the National Park Service (NPS) will host a ceremony to celebrate the relighting of the South Manitou Island Lighthouse. History will be made when the great-grandson of lighthouse keeper Aaron Sheridan, who first lit the lamp in the present tower in 1872, flips the switch of the new solar-powered light. Festivities for the public will take place on the beach at the Maritime Museum in Glen Haven starting at 9:00 p.m.

May 07, 2009
National Lakeshore Partners Instrumental in Relighting South Manitou Island Lighthouse
On Saturday, May 30, 2009, the National Park Service (NPS) invites you to officially celebrate the relighting of the South Manitou Island Lighthouse. Thanks to a partnership with Manitou Islands Memorial Society, Manitou Island Transit, and Electro-Optics Technology, Inc., Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore installed a replica third-order Fresnel lens in the completely refurbished lantern room of the lighthouse last fall. Although the light was tested at that time, it was too late in the season to host a formal ceremony.

April 26, 2009
May "Saturdays at the Lakeshore"
No abstract supplied.

April 24, 2009
Lakeshore Receives Federal Stimulus Funds
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is slated to receive about $2.2 million of the $750 million stimulus funding allocated for national parks under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

April 21, 2009
Antique Apple and Pear Tree Pruning Workshop
No abstract supplied.

April 13, 2009
2009 Junior Ranger Day at the Dunes
No abstract supplied.

March 18, 2009
Saturdays at the Lakeshore in April
No abstract supplied.

March 04, 2009
Revised Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Trailway Plan and Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
No abstract supplied.

February 20, 2009
Saturday Snowshoe Hikes To Continue Into March
The popular Saturday afternoon snowshoe hikes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will continue into March as long as snow conditions permit. March often provides some of the best snowshoeing conditions of the winter. Meet at the Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire at 1:00 p.m. each Saturday. If you don’t have your own, snowshoes will be provided free. Later in the month, if snow conditions deteriorate, rangers will offer guided nature hikes to explore the changing of the seasons.

January 09, 2009
Extra Snowshoe Hikes for Extra Snow!
No abstract supplied.

January 05, 2009
Sleeping Bear Dunes Superintendent Signs Long-Awaited General Management Plan
No abstract supplied.

January 02, 2009
Sleeping Bear Dunes General Management Plan Signing
Signing of the long-awaited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement

December 11, 2008
Snowshoe Hikes Resume at the Dunes!
No abstract supplied.

December 03, 2008
Gift of the Lakeshore
If you are looking for a long lasting, fun-filled holiday gift for someone who loves to go to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, why not wrap up an annual park pass for them? For just $20, a pass covers the entrance fee for one year from date of purchase and is good for everyone in one vehicle. Whether it’s the National Lakeshore beaches from Platte Point to Good Harbor Bay, the Dune Climb, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, the historic village of Glen Haven, 100+ miles of trails on the mainland, or the Manitou Islands that are favorite places, an annual pass allows the owner to visit anytime and throughout all the seasons.

November 25, 2008
Bald Eagle Release
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore invites the public to witness the release of a Bald Eagle into the wild on Saturday, November 29, at 3:00 p.m. from the parking lot of the Visitor Center (on M-72) in Empire. Rebecca Lessard, Executive Director of Wings of Wonder, a non-profit raptor rehabilitation facility, chose this site to celebrate her last Eagle release of 2008. Bring a camera, as there will be many opportunities for great pictures!

November 04, 2008
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Releases Final General Management Plan/Wilderness Study
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced today that the Final General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement (Final GMP/WS/EIS) is now available for public review.

October 30, 2008
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Welcomes Deer Hunters
No abstract supplied.

October 15, 2008
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Presents Artist-in-Residence Program
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to introduce October’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Kathleen Heideman, a poet from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is living in the Lakeshore for three weeks, immersing herself in the natural wonders of the dunes, forests, beaches and the varied cultural landscapes this national treasure provides. She will present a free program for the public highlighting her work on Friday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. in Empire at the Lakeshore’s Visitor Center.

October 10, 2008
Entrance Fee Waived for Veterans and Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on Veterans Day
No abstract supplied.

September 29, 2008
Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Trailway Plan and Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments announces the availability of the Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Trailway Plan and Environmental Assessment beginning on October 1, 2008. This document describes and analyzes alternative locations for a non-motorized trailway along highways M-22 and M-109 in Leelanau County. The proposed trailway would begin at Manning Road on the Leelanau-Benzie County line and end at County Road 651 at the north end of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The trailway would be entirely on public lands in the National Lakeshore or on county road or state highway rights-of-way.

September 23, 2008
Port Oneida Rural Historic District Environmental Assessment Completed
No abstract supplied.

September 19, 2008
Fee Free Day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Saturday, September 27, 2008 is National Public Lands Day (NPLD) across the country: a day where fees are waived and volunteers participate in special events called “Helping Hands for America’s Lands.” At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, waiver of the entrance fee means it will be free to access the Dune Climb, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Glen Haven, Port Oneida, Platte Point, the Manitou Islands, and all the trails and beaches managed by the National Park Service.

September 15, 2008
Lakeshore Hosts Beach Cleanup for National Public Lands Day
If you love the sun, fun, and beauty of our area beaches, now you can show it! Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, September 27, and inviting the public to help clean up the Lakeshore’s beaches. Bring your family, your class, your troop, your group, or just yourself, and join others in protecting our treasured coastline by collecting and tallying everything found along the beach: plastic bags, balloons, cigarettes, 6-pack holders—you name it!

September 15, 2008
National Lakeshore Presents Artist-in-Residence Program
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to introduce 2008’s September Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Hanna Louise Poston, a poet from Asheville, North Carolina, is living in the Lakeshore for three weeks, immersing herself in the natural wonders of the dunes, forests, beaches and the varied cultural landscapes this national treasure provides. She will present a free program highlighting her work on Thursday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lakeshore visitor center.

September 05, 2008
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Offers North Manitou Island Deer Hunt
Permits are now available for the North Manitou Island special deer hunt within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

July 11, 2008
Researchers at the National Lakeshore Dig the Beach! Find Out What They Are Studying
While most visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are relaxing on the beaches and dunes, they are unaware of the vast array of scientific research efforts going on at the same time. In any given year, there may be 25 - 30 different research programs authorized within the Lakeshore, often through the efforts of well-known colleges, universities, and/or other government agencies. Scientists are studying air quality, amphibians and ticks, to name just a few of the topics. And now, the public has an opportunity to interact with two individuals who are currently conducting research in the Lakeshore. Both programs are free, will be presented at 3:00 p.m. at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire on M-72, and everyone is welcome to attend.

June 26, 2008
Manitou Island Transit Awarded New Ten-Year Contract at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
No abstract supplied.

June 26, 2008
Lakeshore Employee Receives National Award
Engineering Equipment Operator George Henderson is the 2007 recipient of the National Park Service Director’s Award for Excellence in Natural Resource Stewardship through Maintenance.

June 23, 2008
Bike Tours Offered at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Superintendent Dusty Shultz welcomes Ryan Locke to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as a Transportation Interpreter, a position sponsored by the National Park Foundation (NPF) and through the generous support of Ford Motor Company, Proud Partner of America’s National Parks. Locke, from Spring Lake, Michigan, will spend the summer creating and offering bicycle tours to the public and promoting the use of alternative transportation in the National Lakeshore.

June 09, 2008
Barn Restoration Workshop June 28-29, 2008
No abstract supplied.

May 27, 2008
Treat Yourself with a Saturday at the Lakeshore
No abstract supplied.

May 21, 2008
Lakeshore Delays Use of Prescribed Fire to Preserve Landscape
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has advised that plans for a prescribed fire to maintain open fields in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District area have been postponed.

May 08, 2008
National Lakeshore Presents Living History Days for Students
Elementary school students are invited to explore an historic Great Lakes village, complete with a blacksmith shop, a general store, and a U.S. Life-Saving Service Station. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will present two days of special historical demonstrations and tours on May 29 and 30, 2008 at the restored Glen Haven Village. “Glen Haven Days” is designed to supplement classroom learning and bring history to life by providing students with many new, first-hand experiences relating to Michigan’s maritime heritage. Students will watch a blacksmith at the forge, compare and contrast historic boats, visit a general store, learn how ships and engines were powered by steam, participate in a shipwreck rescue, and much more.

May 06, 2008
Lakeshore Will Use Prescribed Fire to Preserve Landscape
Farmers have long known that fire is an excellent tool for clearing fields, and firefighters at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will soon be using it to maintain the open fields of the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. These former agricultural fields are managed as cultural landscapes that help tell the story of the settlers of Port Oneida. These same fields also provide habitat for a variety of birds and wildlife. To help maintain the open character of these landscapes, the Lakeshore will utilize prescribed fire at the former Burfiend farm in Port Oneida in May.

May 02, 2008
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Selected for First Two National Park Service Centennial Projects
No abstract supplied.

April 29, 2008
Antique Apple and Pear Tree Pruning Workshop - Rescheduled for May 5th
No abstract supplied.

April 28, 2008
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Announces Change in Beach Pet Areas
No abstract supplied.

April 28, 2008
Saturdays at the Lakeshore in May
No abstract supplied.

April 21, 2008
Lakeshore Adds Cougar Exhibit to Visitor Center
Do you really think you saw a cougar? Now you can compare what you saw to a real one. The National Park Service (NPS) has added a cougar mount to the exhibits at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s Visitor Center in Empire. The public is invited to stop in and view this majestic animal, often reported within the Lakeshore and surrounding area. The mount is on temporary loan from Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing, MI.

April 17, 2008
2008 National Park Week - Local Celebrations Planned
While people across the country are celebrating National Park Week, April 19 through April 27, 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 each weekday (except Wednesday) from noon until 1:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center in Empire, and will feature various park employees telling stories, showing slides, and sharing photos from the different National Park sites at which they have worked.

April 17, 2008
2008 Junior Ranger Day at the Dunes
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.

April 14, 2008
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Announces Release of Draft General Management Plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced today that the Draft General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GMP/WS/EIS) is available for public review.

April 01, 2008
April "Saturdays at the Lakeshore" Hikes Announced
Who doesn’t want to get outside and go for a hike now that spring is in the air? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s popular Saturday afternoon ranger-guided hikes give you a variety of topics and reasons to get outside for an afternoon in April. All programs will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center at Empire. Hikes are offered every Saturday in April, May and June and then, daily in July and August. Saturday afternoon hikes resume again in September and October. Schools and other groups are welcome to request walks and tours with National Park Rangers throughout the year.

March 05, 2008
Saturday Snowshoe Hikes to Continue into March!
The popular Saturday afternoon snowshoe hikes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will continue into March as long as snow conditions permit. March often provides some of the best snowshoeing conditions of the winter and this appears to be one of those years. Meet at the Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire at 1:00 p.m. each Saturday. If you don’t have your own, snowshoes will be provided free. Later in the month, when there is not enough snow, rangers will offer guided nature hikes to explore the changing of the seasons.

February 22, 2008
Junior Ranger Essay Contest Announced
No abstract supplied.

December 13, 2007
Saturday Snowshoe Hikes Resume at the Dunes!
Now that the snow has arrived, join a National Park Ranger on snowshoes and explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in all its winter splendor! Snowshoe walks are offered every Saturday beginning December 29, and continuing through the end of February. Meet at the Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire at 1:00 p.m. If you don’t have your own, snowshoes will be provided free of charge. If there is not enough snow, rangers will still offer a guided winter hike.

December 10, 2007
Lakeshore Visitor Center to Close on Holidays
Dusty Shultz, Superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore announced that the Visitor Center in Empire will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and on Tuesday, January 1, New Year’s Day.

December 04, 2007
"Holiday in the National Parks" Celebrated at the White House. Sleeping Bear Dunes Ornament Displayed on the Official White House Christmas Tree.
No abstract supplied.

November 16, 2007
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Begins Plan to Restore Disturbed Lands
No abstract supplied.

November 15, 2007
Solicitation for Concession Contract to Provide Tour Boat and Ferry Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
No abstract supplied.

November 08, 2007
Glen Haven Historic District Design Work to Begin
No abstract supplied.

October 31, 2007
Free Access for Veterans and Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on Veterans Day
No abstract supplied.

October 23, 2007
National Lakeshore Presents Second Artist-in-Residence Program
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to introduce the second Artist-in-Residence (AIR) of 2007 at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Margaret Huddy, a watercolor artist from Alexandria, VA, is living in the Lakeshore for three weeks, immersing herself into the natural wonders of the dunes, forests, beaches and the varied cultural landscapes this national treasure provides. She will also present a public program highlighting her work on Friday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m.

September 24, 2007
Fee Free Day at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Saturday, September 29, 2007 is National Public Lands Day (NPLD) across the country: a day where fees are waived and volunteers participate in special events which beckon “Lend a hand, it’s your land.”

September 20, 2007
Road Work on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Expect Delays
On Monday, September 24, contractors will begin installing approximately 900’ of median curb near the entrance station of the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

September 17, 2007
Port Oneida Rural Historic District Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
The National Park Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore announces the availability of the Port Oneida Rural Historic District Environmental Assessment beginning on September 17, 2007. The environmental assessment (EA) describes and analyzes alternative locations for a visitor contact station and employee housing, and alternative means of improving visitor access, and interpretation of Port Oneida resources. In all alternatives rehabilitation and stabilization of historic structures, and stabilization of cultural landscapes occur at Port Oneida.

September 17, 2007
Fall Fun at the National Lakeshore
Where else can you visit a beaver pond, hike through the dunes, meet an artist in residence, re-create a historic beach patrol looking for shipwrecks or make a difference on National Public Lands Day? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the place to do all that and more. Fall is an excellent time to visit the National Park Service’s (NPS) jewel of the Midwest and park rangers are ready to help you discover a side of the park that you might not know already.

August 31, 2007
National Lakeshore Improves Beach Access
No abstract supplied.

August 24, 2007
Two Centennial Projects Eligible for Matching Funds
No abstract supplied.

August 24, 2007
Lakeshore Volunteer - Best in the Midwest
No abstract supplied.

August 17, 2007
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Implements Emergency Fire Ban
An emergency fire ban has been implemented within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as of August 17, 2007. In accordance with Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5, the Superintendent has closed all areas of the Lakeshore except the D.H. Day and Platte River Campgrounds and designated picnic grills to smoking and the use of open fires. The ban includes all beaches and backcountry camping sites within the Lakeshore boundary.

August 16, 2007
Riverbank Restoration Begins Soon at Platte River
This summer, the National Park Service will begin the final phase of restoration work at the former Water Wheel and Casey’s Canoe Livery sites located east of M-22 on the Platte River within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The project will restore a 450-foot section of the Platte River to its natural function and appearance, and will also mitigate safety concerns caused by failing retaining walls and exposed steel sheet piling.

August 14, 2007
Animation Students Debut Sleeping Bear Dunes Film Project at Visitor Center
Students from The Art Place (TAP), a non-profit animation studio in Suttons Bay, will debut the film project they created about Sleeping Bear Dunes at the Visitor Center here on Tuesday, August 21, at 4:00 p.m. The film’s unique title, “wwwww.sbdnl.tap”, is not a website address, but was derived by the TAP students after they spent a week at the Lakeshore learning the “Who, What, When, Where, and Whys” of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s dune ecology and history.

August 08, 2007
Port Oneida Fair August 10 and 11
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce the 2007 Port Oneida Fair to be held August 10 and 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

July 24, 2007
Book Signing & Reading with Author Martha F. Mothershead and Illustrator Janet Clarkson
No abstract supplied.

July 06, 2007
Pipe Safes at Beaches More Convenient for National Lakeshore Visitors
No abstract supplied.

June 29, 2007
Rangers Announce Summer Programs
No abstract supplied.

June 27, 2007
Book Signing with Author Anna Egan Smucker
No abstract supplied.

June 22, 2007
Platte Riverbank Restoration Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
The National Park Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore announces the availability of the Water Wheel and Casey’s Canoe Livery Restoration Environmental Assessment beginning on June 23, 2007.

May 29, 2007
Ranger-Led Hikes Scheduled for June
National Park Service (NPS) Rangers at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore announce a bonus for June’s “Saturdays at the Lakeshore.” This month there are five Saturdays and we have invited some special guests to lead some of the programs. Every Saturday at 1:00 p.m., meet a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center in Empire on M-72 for an introduction to that day’s topic. Then, everyone drives a short distance to where the adventure begins. Each week, a different topic and location will be featured.

May 18, 2007
Volunteers Make Great American Cleanup a Success at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Every year volunteers across the nation join together for the Great American Cleanup/Keep America Beautiful Campaign, collecting millions of pounds of litter and debris, planting trees and flowers, and cleaning thousands of miles of rivers and lakeshores. The campaign kicked off on Earth Day, April 24th and is scheduled to last through May 31, 2007. “At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, volunteers and corporate sponsors are doing their part to keep America beautiful and make this year’s campaign a total success,” said Dusty Shultz, Lakeshore Superintendent.

May 01, 2007
Removal of Invasive Black Locust Trees at Sleeping Bear Dunes, a Win-Win Proposition
For years Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been struggling to stop the spread of non-native black locust trees which threaten native plant communities and cultural landscapes by aggressively replacing beech and maple hardwood forests and sprouting in historic farm fields. That is until now. The Delta Conservation District in Gladstone, Michigan needs black locust logs to shore up the banks of the Ford River to preserve an historic grave site where some Native American and early settler’s graves have been lost to erosion. “This project is a delightful collaboration between several agencies and partner groups,” said Dusty Shultz, Lakeshore Superintendent. “It not only preserves the resources of the Lakeshore, it also keeps an historic graveyard from being lost.”

April 30, 2007
Antique Apple Tree Pruning Workshop
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be hosting a pruning workshop on May 4th in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. The workshop will be held at the Miller Farmstead orchard located off Port Oneida Road on Miller Road from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the Port Oneida Schoolhouse on Port Oneida Road 4 miles north of Glen Arbor on M-22 at 1:00 p.m. for an orientation and introduction, then the entire group will proceed to the orchard.

April 30, 2007
May "Saturdays at the Lakeshore"
No abstract supplied.

April 19, 2007
GMP/WS Public Meetings Scheduled for Early May in Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties
No abstract supplied.

April 16, 2007
Junior Ranger Day at the Dunes
On Saturday, April 28, 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 have to go on one ranger-led program (morning or afternoon) and complete a few activities in the FREE Junior Ranger booklet that will be available at the Visitor Center (VC) in Empire all day. Adults must accompany children at all times.

April 12, 2007
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Opening Postponed
No abstract supplied.

April 10, 2007
Local Celebrations Planned During National Park Week
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!

April 04, 2007
Saturdays at the Lakeshore - April Hikes Announced
No abstract supplied.

March 27, 2007
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Announces Release of Latest Planning Information
No abstract supplied.

March 21, 2007
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Launches New Web Forum
Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced today that a new web forum has been launched for the public to participate in on-line discussions regarding the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s new General Management Plan/Wilderness Study (GMP/WS).

March 05, 2007
Rangers Look for Signs of Spring!
The popular “Saturdays at the Lakeshore” continue in March with National Park Rangers leading guided hikes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This month’s hikes will focus on the change in seasons as the natural world breaks out of winter’s grip. Hikers will seek out the first signs of spring, observe what happened under the snow, search for shipwrecks cast up by winter storms, and witness history’s impact on our forest communities. 

February 09, 2007
President's Fiscal Year 2008 NPS Budget Proposal to Impact Park Operations at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
No abstract supplied.

February 05, 2007
Hit the Dunes on Snowshoes!
No abstract supplied.

January 26, 2007
Friends Group Donates New Defibrillator to the Lakeshore
No abstract supplied.

December 18, 2006
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Announces New Campground Reservation Contract
Superintendent Dusty Shultz has announced that effective February 7, 2007, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will offer camping reservations through a new system, the National Recreation Reservation Service, operated by ReserveAmerica.

December 18, 2006
New Interagency Pass Program for Federal Lands
A new interagency recreation pass that will allow visitors access to several types of national public lands will be offered for sale at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore beginning January 2, 2007. The new pass combines the benefits of existing recreation passes from five federal agencies – the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service - into one comprehensive pass, the “Interagency National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.”

December 12, 2006
Lakeshore Staff Works with Partners to Save Area History
Although funding for historic and cultural resource projects in National Parks is getting harder to come by, Lakeshore staff at Sleeping Bear Dunes has found ways to stretch those dollars by working closely with partner organizations to leverage available funds with the energy and enthusiasm of volunteers. Together, they are successfully overcoming funding shortfalls and are saving the area’s cultural history brick by brick, field by field.

December 12, 2006
Rangers Offer Free Snowshoe Hikes
Do you only go to the dunes in the summer? Make this the year to venture out there now! Winter is an excellent time to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, especially with a National Park Ranger on snowshoes! Holiday hikes will begin at the Visitor Center on Highway M-72 near the village of Empire at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, and Saturday, December 30, 2006. For the rest of the winter, snowshoe walks will be offered every Saturday in January and February, meeting at the same time and place. (If there is no snow, rangers will still offer a guided walk.)

November 16, 2006
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Announces Planning for Improvements to the Lake Michigan Overlooks on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced today that the National Park Service has begun planning for improvements to the Lake Michigan Overlooks 9 and 10 on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

November 02, 2006
Photo Contest Announced
No abstract supplied.

October 30, 2006
Funding for Local Fire Departments
The National Park Service (NPS) at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, recently provided funding to two local volunteer fire departments through the Rural Fire Assistance program. The Empire and Solon-Centerville Township Fire and Rescue Volunteer Fire Departments (VFD) both received funding through this program. The Empire VFD received $6,921 to purchase firefighter gear, hoses, radios and training. The Solon-Centerville VFD received $1,755 to purchase training and radios.

October 26, 2006
Waterwheel Environmental Assessment
No abstract supplied.

October 24, 2006
National Lakeshore Presents Second Artist in Residence Program
Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to introduce the second Artist-in-Residence (AIR) of 2006 at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Mary Brodbeck of Kalamazoo, Michigan is living in the Lakeshore for three weeks, immersing herself into the natural wonders of the dunes, forests, beaches and into the varied cultural landscapes this national treasure provides. She will also present a public program highlighting her work on Friday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m.

October 20, 2006
Lakeshore Receives Award of Merit for Restoration / Preservation
The Historical Society of Michigan recently awarded Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore a State History Award for Outstanding Restoration and Preservation of the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. Superintendent Dusty Shultz was presented the award at the Historical Society’s State History Conference held in Bay City on September 22, 2006. One of only two awards presented this year in the category of restoration and preservation, the award recognized the park’s effort in placing the district on the National Register of Historic Places, and initiating a community partnership program that is helping to preserve and restore the historic resources of Port Oneida.

October 19, 2006
Bird Die-Off Update
Biologists at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore were recently informed by lab specialists at the Michigan Department of Natural Resource Wildlife Disease Laboratory that Type E Botulism remains the culprit in the deaths of an assortment of bird species along the Lake Michigan shoreline. According to Lakeshore Biologist Ken Hyde, the outbreak began this summer and continues to primarily impact fish-eating birds. Hyde reported that “We have recently observed a significant die-off of Horned Grebes, Mergansers, and Common Loons in addition to the more commonly seen Cormorants and Gulls. Estimates of the total number of birds lost to Type E Botulism since August, just along the beaches of the Lakeshore, are approaching 2,600 birds.”

October 12, 2006
General Management Plan/Wilderness Study Update
Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced today that Newsletter #3 containing the latest General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/WS/EIS) information is being mailed this week to over 2,400 interested parties. “We have moved into an exciting phase of the planning process—developing and describing alternative management concepts for the future of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore,” said Shultz. “In Newsletter #3 you will find that we have taken the public’s comments and used them to develop the draft management zones and management concepts for the National Lakeshore.”

October 04, 2006
Saturdays in the Park for October, 2006
National Park Rangers at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are pleased to announce a collection of different hikes to entice you to join them this month. Adventure-filled Saturday afternoons will have you measuring a champion tree, designing a seed, visiting a steamship town or getting ready for Halloween by visiting Devil’s Hole. There is no better time to get out and enjoy the Lakeshore than October. The cool, fall air is invigorating. The hills are splashed with a palate of color. And the sun streaming through a cloudy sky is a spotlight on a distant lighthouse.

October 04, 2006
Historic Beach Patrols
What was it like to work for the U.S. Life-Saving Service (LSS) during the fall, which was traditionally known as “shipwreck season” on the Great Lakes? One hundred years ago, LSS surfmen set out each night to hike the shoreline in search of ships in distress. This fall, the public is invited to relive history and join National Park Service (NPS) rangers and Volunteers-in-Park (VIPs) to recreate a traditional evening beach patrol. There will be only two chances to participate in this special event; meet at the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station/Maritime Museum in Glen Haven at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 or 21, 2006.

September 26, 2006
Take Pride in Sleeping Bear Dunes
Saturday, September 30, 2006 is National Public Lands Day across the country and volunteers are participating in Take Pride in America® special events which beckon “Lend a hand, it’s your land.” At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, it is a fee-free day for everyone to enjoy the park as well. As a token of our appreciation, volunteers will receive a coupon to use for free entrance to any public lands at a later date. Park rangers will host two activities: a beach cleanup in the morning and an introduction to the Adopt-a-Beach program in the afternoon, where individuals or groups do more than just clean up a particular beach; they also record data, assess wildlife habitat and test the water. Both activities meet first at the Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire on Highway 72 and then proceed to a designated beach.

September 24, 2006
2006 Artist In Residence Award
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is pleased to introduce two Artists-in-Residence (AIR) this month. Tricia Warner of Holt, Michigan and her sister, Anita Skehen of Kansas City, Missouri are living in the Lakeshore for three weeks, immersing themselves into the natural wonders of the dunes, forests, beaches and into the varied cultural landscapes this national treasure provides. They will also present a public program highlighting their crafts on Friday, September 29, 2006.

September 10, 2006
Ferry Concession Contract Solicitation
The National Park Service has issued a Concession Prospectus for the Tour Boat and Ferry Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This business opportunity is a summer operation of tour boat and ferry service from Leland, Michigan to North Manitou Island and South Manitou Island. The Concessioner may provide motorized vehicle tours on South Manitou Island, sales of limited snacks and beverages, and transportation of kayaks and canoes. The operating season is mid-May through mid-November. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is located on the northwestern shore of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan’s west border along Lake Michigan, approximately 23 miles west of Traverse City, Michigan.

August 24, 2006
Trumpeter Swans Released
In partnership with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has announced that eight young trumpeter swans were released in the park during the summer of 2006. The eight were released together into one of the wetland areas within the Lakeshore and it is hoped that they will finish maturing and imprint on the area before migrating south for the winter. If the release is successful, it is possible that in the near future the swans will return with mates to begin rearing families within the Lakeshore.

August 21, 2006
September Saturdays at the Lakeshore
Not only are there five Saturdays this September, but one of them is a fee-free day for all National Park sites! Five new programs will be featured this month on topics ranging from trees to grasses and coyotes to insects, walks through the dunes, and even a special guest lecturer. September 30, 2006 is National Public Lands Day (NPLD) when across the nation, thousands of volunteers “Take Pride in America” and do their part to clean up parks, build trails, plant trees, etc. in national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. At Sleeping Bear Dunes that day, all are invited to participate in a beach cleanup in conjunction with the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach Program. That day, entrance to all public lands is free and anyone volunteering will receive a free pass to use on another day in the future.

August 04, 2006
North Manitou Island Deer Hunt 2006
Permits are now available for the North Manitou Island special deer hunt within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The season begins with the bow hunt on October 1 and ends after the final firearm hunt on November 5.

August 01, 2006
Ranger Programs for August 2006
Download a pdf file listing the Ranger-led programs for August and early September, 2006.

August 01, 2006
North Bar Lake Fee Collection 2006
As of July 7, 2006, visitors to North Bar Lake, located within the boundaries of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near Empire, will be able to purchase park passes through a self-registration system there.

July 28, 2006
August Activities for 2006
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July 28, 2006
Workshop for Educators 2006
The National Park Service (NPS) Great Lakes Research and Education Center is partnering with the Alliance for the Great Lakes (AGL) and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to present a free workshop in Empire on Saturday, August 12, 2006, for teachers of grades K-12 and educators in parks, nature centers and museums. The workshop will provide a look at the Great Lakes through current research in national parks of the region and with hands-on activities to use in the classroom.

July 21, 2006
Clarifying Wilderness
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May 22, 2006
General Management Plan Meetings
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz has announced the next phase of public input into the General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement process.

May 04, 2006
No Pets in Plover Nesting Areas 2006
Piping Plovers have returned to their breeding grounds on the shores of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The birds are courting and establishing territories in preparation for nesting. Piping Plovers continue to be listed as an endangered species under the Federal Government and Michigan Endangered Species Acts. Effective April 28, and until further notice later in the season, no pets will be permitted on those segments of beaches where Piping Plovers have established territories or nests. Dogs disturb birds while they are trying to establish nests, and threaten successful chick rearing.

February 10, 2006
No Evidence of Cougars 2006
The presence of cougars (Puma concolor) in Michigan has been debated for decades. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service currently lists the eastern cougar subspecies as endangered and presumed extinct in the wild. From November 2004 through April 2005, the National Park Service (NPS) conducted a study throughout the mainland portion of the Lakeshore, with a goal of collecting evidence of cougar presence. After six months of intensive study, staff at the Lakeshore did not find any physical evidence to support the reported presence of cougars in the park.

February 07, 2006
Open Houses for National Lakeshore Planning
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November 17, 2005
Camping Fee Changes for 2006
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Did You Know?

Maritime Museum

The U.S. Life-Saving Station in Glen Haven was moved from Sleeping Bear Point in 1931 because it was being covered with sand from the moving dunes. Visit the Maritime Museum in Glen Haven in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to see how the crew lived and worked. More...