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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

Families United with Nature (FUN) Snowshoe Safari

Park Ranger Peg Burman snowshoes with visitors at Tucker Lake in the National Lakeshore.  Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
Park Ranger Peg Burman snowshoes with visitors at Tucker Lake in the National Lakeshore.  Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

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News Release Date: January 22, 2010
Contact: Jennifer Wurts, 231-326-5134

Bring your family to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to explore winter’s wild side on snowshoes on January 31 at 2:00 p.m.!  This event is open to all families and is part of the park’s new outdoor activity club, Families United with Nature (FUN).  Participants can borrow free snowshoes from the park and join a Park Ranger in searching for wildlife tracks, playing snowshoe games, and enjoying tasty trail treats.  The program will start at the Visitor Center in Empire on M-72 at 2:00 p.m., car caravan to the trailhead for the hike, and finish by 3:30 p.m.  Dress for the weather - layers and waterproof boots are recommended.  To borrow a pair of snowshoes for the program, please contact Jennifer Wurts by January 27 to make your reservation at 231-326-5135, ext. 330, or by email at e-mail us.  If you have your own snowshoes, no reservations are needed.

FUN is an outdoor activity club for families that was started as a joint effort of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and a local Girl Scout, Bonnie Ricord, for her Gold Award project.  The club provides a fantastic opportunity 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 activities will be held frequently throughout the year and may include orienteering, hiking, stargazing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities that members would like to try.

Families can join the group by filling out a free membership form and bringing it to any FUN event.   Members will receive free journals to document their outdoor activities and have the opportunity to earn rewards as a family for these experiences.  Joining FUN is free; however, a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park Entrance Pass will be required for activities taking place within the park.  An Annual Park Entrance Pass is $20 and can be purchased at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire.  Scholarships are available.

For more information, please call the National Lakeshore at 231-326-5134.

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