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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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October 30, 2014
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Proposes Fee Increase
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is requesting public comment as the park considers an increase to entrance and camping fees beginning in January 2016. The current entrance fees and first-come, first-served camping fees have been in place since 2004 with only a slight increase in fees for reservable campsites which occurred in 2006.

October 29, 2014
Veterans Day is Fee Free at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, will be celebrated as a fee-free day for all park visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

October 20, 2014
NPS Issues Decision on Kettles Trail
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) Superintendent Dusty Shultz recently announced the issuance of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Kettles Trail Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA). The National Park Service (NPS) has selected a modified version of the Preferred Alternative (Alternative 4) presented in the EA.

September 29, 2014
Star Party
Visitors can enjoy three special sky experiences at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) during October. Join park rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) for guided explorations of the night sky, morning and evening. Kids of all ages can participate in the Night Sky Junior Ranger Program.

September 12, 2014
Celebrate National Public Lands Day
There is a special joy in getting our hands dirty when it helps keep our land beautiful. National Public Lands Day is an opportunity to spruce up these lands. On Saturday, September 27, 2014, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will host a Beach Cleanup, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

September 11, 2014
Bay to Bay Trail Public Comment Period Extended
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced that the National Park Service (NPS) is extending the comment period on the proposed Bay to Bay Trail an additional 30-days to October 15, 2014.

September 05, 2014
Wilderness Weekend
Celebrate the Nation’s Newest Wilderness with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s Wilderness Weekend.

August 15, 2014
Sleeping Bear Dunes to Unveil Updated Fleet
On Monday, August 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will celebrate the successful implementation of a Clean Cities National Parks Initiative project.

August 14, 2014
Climate Change Program Offered
Do you want to learn how your favorite beach may respond to predicted climate change? Then join researcher, Lukas Bell-Dereske for a special public program entitled Climate Change in the Great Lakes Dunes: Responses of the Plant Community at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Thursday, August 21 at 9:00 a.m. at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center auditorium in Empire, Michigan.

August 01, 2014
Bay to Bay Trail Plan and Environmental Assessment Public Scoping
The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to develop a hiking and paddling trail that follows the Lake Michigan shoreline in the park from Platte Bay to Good Harbor Bay. To do so, the National Lakeshore will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA), which will describe and analyze alternatives for this trail.

August 01, 2014
View the Sky at Port Oneida Fair
As the Port Oneida Fair ends in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore), the special sky viewing begins. Join park rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) for guided exploration of the daytime and night sky.

July 23, 2014
Experience the Port Oneida Fair-August 8-9
History comes alive at six historic sites during the annual Port Oneida Fair at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore), Friday and Saturday, August 8-9, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July 17, 2014
Come Experience the Night Sky
The next Solar Viewing and Star Party event is Saturday, July 26, 4:00-6:00 p.m. and 9:00-11:00 p.m., at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Overlook #3.

July 17, 2014
40 Years a Ranger
Join Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park Ranger Jim Dal Sasso for a special program at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, Michigan on Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.

June 27, 2014
Author Anna Egan Smucker 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.

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