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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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June 27, 2014
Author Anna EganSmucker Book Signing
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 Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June 20, 2014
What Do the Great Lakes Mean to You
The public is invited to a special presentation about the Great Lakes on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, Michigan.

June 11, 2014
Barn Restoration Workshop in June 2014
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be hosting its annual barn restoration workshop June 19-21 at the Schmidt Farm located on Norconk Road, three miles south of Empire, Michigan, and one mile west of M-22. This year marks the 18th anniversary of a partnership between the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and the National Lakeshore in developing this series of “hands-on” workshops. The park and the Michigan Barn Preservation Network are providing the skilled labor to put on this workshop.

June 06, 2014
Go Wild on Junior Ranger Day
“Go Wild!” during Junior Ranger Day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) on June 14.

May 23, 2014
Dedicating Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness
All are invited to join Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in dedicating their newly designated Wilderness on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at the breathtaking #3 Dune Overlook on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

May 16, 2014
Meet Astronomer Tyler Nordgren
Join astronomer, author, artist, and night sky ambassador, Tyler Nordgren, for an educational and entertaining program on the wonders of dark skies.

May 16, 2014
Glen Haven Days at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Step back in time with a visit to a historic Great Lakes village and United States Life-Saving Station during Glen Haven Days at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

May 14, 2014
Award for Bravery Presented to Sleeping Bear Dunes Ranger
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park Ranger Joe Lachowski was recognized as the recipient of a Valor Award at the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) 69th Honor Awards Convocation in Washington, D.C. on May 8.

May 09, 2014
Wilderness Celebration at Sleeping Bear Dunes
The public is invited to a special ceremony dedicating the Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at the #3 Dune Overlook on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

April 21, 2014
Pear Tree Pruning Workshop in May 2014
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be hosting its annual pruning workshop on May 2 in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. The workshop will be held at the Thoreson Farmstead, which is located on Thoreson Road, four miles north of Glen Arbor on M-22. Just follow the signs.

April 14, 2014
Go Wild for National Park Week
All national parks across the country will celebrate National Park Week, April 19-27, 2014, using the theme, “Go Wild!” You can join the festivities at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) to learn about the newly designated Wilderness and why it’s important.

April 02, 2014
View the Lunar Eclipse at Sleeping Bear Dunes
A four-hour lunar eclipse is the feature for the National Lakeshore’s first Star Party of the year. This unique program will take place during the early morning of Tuesday, April 15, from 1:30-5:30 a.m., at the Dune Climb. Participants are asked to park in the row furthest from the dunes facing M-109.

March 20, 2014
Sleeping Bear Dunes and Manitou Islands Memorial Society Partner on Exhibit at Glen Lake Community Library
host a special exhibit “Footprints in the Sand - Tracing the Path that Led to the Birth of the Village of South Manitou Island” from April 4 through May 17, 2014. The exhibit tells the story of the Village using historical photographs, maps, drawings and narrative. The display opens with a reception on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will also be served. It then can be viewed during regular library hours 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

February 07, 2014
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore New Phone System
Effective immediately, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) and its employees have new phone numbers. The new main National Lakeshore number is 231-326-4700 with employees having their own direct phone lines. From the new main number, 231-326-4700, callers will access an automated system with a variety of menus, including campground information, business with the National Lakeshore, pets in the park, and an employee directory.

December 20, 2013
Snowshoe Hikes at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Park rangers say “Let it snow!” so you can explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) on snowshoes this winter! Join the rangers for a guided snowshoe hike this holiday season and every Saturday throughout the winter. The first hike of the season will be on Saturday, December 28 at 1:00 p.m. Then, snowshoe hikes will be offered every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. through the end of February. Meet at the National Lakeshore visitor center in Empire.

November 07, 2013
Lakeshore Extends Camping Reservation Dates
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is expanding the spring and fall dates in which campers can make reservations at Platte River Campground and D. H. Day Group Campground.

November 01, 2013
Veterans Day Weekend 2013 is Fee-Free at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Veterans Day weekend, November 9-11, 2013, is a fee-free weekend for all park visitors.

September 20, 2013
U.S. Lifesaving Service Rescue Boat Program at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Tim Dring will present “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.” The one-hour program will be held on September 29 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cannery Boat Museum in Glen Haven.

September 20, 2013
Free Entrance and Volunteer Event at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on National Public Lands Day
One-third of the land in America is yours – public land where one can hike, bike, climb, hunt, swim, explore, picnic, or just simply relax. National Public Lands Day, September 28, 2013, is an opportunity to enjoy and give something back to those places we love.

September 13, 2013
The National Park Service Seeks Proposals for the Historic Sleeping Bear Inn
A Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) is currently being issued by the National Park Service (NPS) for the Sleeping Bear Inn in Glen Haven. The RFEI allows interested parties to submit their concept(s) for potential adaptive use of the Inn and its garage. The Inn was built in approximately 1865 and was used as a lodging and dining facility until 1972; the garage was built in 1928. The facilities are part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and are located in the historic village of Glen Haven along State Highway M-209, west of Glen Arbor. Additional information on the facilities, park, and process are available in the RFEI.

September 12, 2013
Back to School – in America’s National Parks
for teachers that brings America’s national parks, including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore), into neighborhood classrooms. The new “Teachers” section of the NPS website at www.nps.gov/teachers provides a one-stop shop for curriculum-based lesson plans, traveling trunks, maps, activities, distance learning, and other resources. All of the materials draw from the spectacular natural landscapes and authentic places preserved in America’s national parks.

August 30, 2013
Mill Pond Environmental Assessment Public Scoping
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced today that the National Park Service proposes to restore, as much as practicable, the hydrological connection between the Mill Pond and Little Glen Lake.To do so, the National Lakeshore will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) which will describe and analyze alternatives for this hydrological connection.

August 26, 2013
National Lakeshore Averts Sequestration Closures and Program Cuts for Fall
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) Superintendent Dusty Shultz is pleased to announce that the worst of the budget cuts will be averted this fiscal year, which ends on September 30.

August 15, 2013
Sleeping Bear Dunes Celebrates 97th Birthday of the National Park Service
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will celebrate the 97th birthday of the National Park Service by offering free admission on Sunday, August 25. Fees waived include entrance fees and commercial tour fees. Other fees such as reservations, camping, and concession fees are not included.

August 05, 2013
2013 Port Oneida Fair
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). The Port Oneida Fair will be held on August 9 and 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each of the six sites has its own theme and special events.

July 25, 2013
40 Millionth Visitor Welcomed
On Tuesday, July 9, the National Park Service (NPS) welcomed the 40 millionth visitor to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore).

July 22, 2013
Great Lakes Restoration Celebrations and Excursions this Summer
Join neighbors and parkrangers in celebrating our Great Lakes home during Great Lakes Restoration Celebrations July 27 and August 31 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, or at weekly excursions through August 11–all at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

July 17, 2013
Port Oneida Fair 2013
History comes alive at six historic sites during the annual Port Oneida Fair at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). The Port Oneida Fair will be held on August 9 and 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July 01, 2013
Descendants of Lighthouse Keepers Restore Historic Site
Three generations of descendants of four different Lighthouse Keepers will assemble at the South Manitou Island Lighthouse on July 10. The families of Keepers Aaron Sheridan, Julia Sheridan, James Putnam Burdick, and Ron Rosie will be working to restore the historic Fog Whistle Building below the lighthouse in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore).

April 05, 2013
Lakeshore to Deploy Alternative Fuel Vehicles This Summer
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) is teaming up with the Clean Energy Coalition to reduce the environmental impact of its fleet by 15% and to share information about alternative fuels and fuel-efficient driving habits with the 1.3 million visitors who visit the National Lakeshore each year.

Did You Know?

Cannery Boat Museum

The Great Lakes were the highway of the past. It was the main way that cargo and passengers moved through this area until roads were established. A variety of boats used on the Great Lakes are on display at the Cannery in Glen Haven within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More...