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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Date: April 5, 2012

Rangers Offer Free Hikes
Whether you are a new or frequent visitor, spring is an excellent time to enjoy Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore the farmsteads of Port Oneida, look for signs of spring, learn about the birds migrating back to the area and hike along magnificent trails. A ranger-led hike in the park can be a great way to spend the afternoon. Join park rangers as they share some of their favorite places during Saturdays at the Lakeshore this spring.

Every Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. a park ranger awaits you at the Philip Hart Visitor Center in Empire to introduce a topic and then lead a car caravan a short distance to where the walk will begin. Each week features a different topic and location. Hikes last 1 to 1 ½ hours and are no longer than 1 ½ miles. Dress for the weather.

April 7 • The Best of Both Worlds
Experience the best of both worlds at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Rangers will take you to a place where history and nature both share the spotlight.

April 14 • What's the Point of the Dunes?
Explore the Sleeping Bear Point Trail and learn why the dunes are here.

April 21 • Picture Yourself at Sleeping Bear Dunes
For the official start of National Park Week, join a park ranger for a hike with some magnificent views.mBring your camera to capture the scenery.

April 28 • National Junior Ranger Day
Join park rangers for a day of fun exploring, learning about and protecting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Events start at 10:00 a.m. and the swearing in ceremony is at 3:00 p.m.  
 
The Saturdays at the Lakeshore program is held every Saturday from now until mid-June when summer programs start. Hikes are free. Participants need only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun. Please call 231-326-5134 extension 328 to make reservations and for details, or visit www.nps.gov/slbe. Also, like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sbdnl.

Did You Know?

Lake Michigan Overlook, Sleeping Bear Dunes

The sand and gravel bluffs on the Lake Michigan shore in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are 450 feet above the lake level providing outstanding views and sunsets. On a clear day, you can see South Manitou Island. More...