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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Bike the Byway, Off the Highway!

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Slow down! Take a ranger-guided bicycle tour of the past, present and future along the paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    General Store, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Heroes of the Storm

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Cannery, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Lyle Gun Demonstration

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Watch a live, black powder firing of the Lyle Gun, a line-throwing cannon, that was used by the U.S. Lifesaving Service and U.S. Coast Guard for over 75 years to rescue thousands of shipwreck victims. More

    Time:
    3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Cannery, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Black Bear Aware

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Find out why black bears are not ferocious monsters or cuddly friends, but fascinating and important animals with which we can safely coexist. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    DH Day Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Apples of our Ancestors

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    While many historic farmhouses stand empty, apple orchards remain. What stories do they tell us? More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Platte River Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Horse and Wagon Tours

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Experience the Port Oneida Historic District the way they did in the late 1800 to early 1900s - by horse and wagon! More

    Time:
    4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Charles and Hattie Olsen Farm
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Heroes of the Storm

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Kingdom on the Coast: Glen Haven

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Wander through Glen Haven, discover bits of history, and imagine life in this once-bustling historic village. More

    Time:
    12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    Location:
    Cannery, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    The Apple Tree

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Propagation of apple trees has been going on long before Johnny Appleseed spread them throughout the land. Explore historic apple orchards in Port Oneida More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location:
    Schoolhouse on Port Oneida Rd
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Little Bird, Big World

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    How did the piping plover become endangered? Follow the trail of this little shorebird and find out what the park is doing to help. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    DH Day Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Songs of Water and Wood

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    From logging camps to sailing ships, music was an integral part of life for the people of the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. Listen to songs that told the stories of their lives and become a part of our rich folk music heritage. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Platte River Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Heroes of the Storm

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Kayak the Crystal

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Take a relaxing trip down the Crystal River to observe the wildlife of Sleeping Bear Dunes from a different angle. More

    Time:
    9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Kayak launch on Fisher Road
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Biking the Backroads

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Take a bike tour of the backroads, and get an introduction to the leafy residents of our woods, along with any wildlife that comes out to say hello! Come prepared with your own bike, helmet, and water. Mountain or hybrid bikes recommended. More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location:
    Treat Farm driveway
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Fish Tales

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Kids, learn to a make fishing rigs out of a pop can! Then use your new fishing rig to catch and discover some of the amazing fish that live in the lakes. More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Bass Lake in Benzie County
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Stories of the Canopy

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Powerful natural forces have shaped our forests into diverse habitats that provide unique resources and recreation. Find out how humans have contributed to this process and what that might mean for the future of our forests. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    DH Day Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Sands of Time

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Where did all this sand come from? Where is it going next? The answers lie in the powerful forces that continue to shape this place. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Platte River Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Port Oneida Run

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    RUN FOR THE FARMS! The 6th annual run through the beautiful scenery of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore supports preservation of the Park’s historic resources. More

    Time:
    8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Charles Olsen Farm
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Sleeping Bear Rocks!

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Learn why Sleeping Bear Dunes rocks! Explore the geologic world of Sleeping Bear and create your own fossil. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Log Cabin, DH Day Campground
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Heroes of the Storm

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Sands of Time

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Where did all this sand come from? Where is it going next? The answers lie in the powerful forces that continue to shape this place. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    DH Day Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Birchbark Legacy

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Recreational canoeing traces its roots to the Native Americans who build birchbark canoes in the Great Lakes region. Uncover the connection to the past and learn about paddling opportunities within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Platte River Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Who Lives in Our Water?

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Learn about the creatures that call our aquatic environments home and what they can tell us about the world beneath our beautiful blue waters. Come ready to get wet! More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    School Lake
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Heroes of the Storm

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Alien Tales on the Trail

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Take a leisurely stroll down a paved section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail to learn about some of the terrestrial alien species that have invaded this park. More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location:
    DH Day Log Cabin
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Birchbark Legacy

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Recreational canoeing traces its roots to the Native Americans who build birchbark canoes in the Great Lakes region. Uncover the connection to the past and learn about paddling opportunities within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    DH Day Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–The Good the Bad and the Ugly

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Did you know aliens lurk in the fields, forests and dunes of the park? Learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly aliens that have invaded and learn what you can do about it. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Platte River Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Heroes of the Storm

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Nature’s Engineer

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Who chewed that tree? Search for signs of beavers while learning about the important role they play in a healthy ecosystem. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Bass Lake in Benzie County (accessed via Trails End Road, south of Empire)
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Bring your camera or smartphone along with your observation skills. A ranger will help you use your digital device and photography skills to open new doors to the world around us. More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location:
    North Bar Lake
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–What Lurks Below?

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    What we can and cannot see has already altered the cultural, environmental, and economic reality of the Great Lakes. How did these uninvited guests get here and what can we do to stem their relentless tide? More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    DH Day Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Starry, Starry Night

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Meet before the sun sets to plan an evening of stargazing. Discover the locations and legends of stars in the night sky. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Platte River Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Heroes of the Storm

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Paddling the Platte

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Enjoy an easy paddle down the Platte River to discover the hardships faced by the migratory fish that depend on the river for survival. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one locally. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Platte River Picnic Area
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Secret of the Stones

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Beautiful beach rocks abound on the sandy shores of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Use your keen observation skills to uncover the tales these stones hold. More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location:
    Lake Michigan 669 beach
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Apples of our Ancestors

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    While many historic farmhouses stand empty, apple orchards remain. What stories do they tell us? More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    DH Day Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–What Lurks Below?

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    What we can and cannot see has already altered the cultural, environmental, and economic reality of the Great Lakes. How did these uninvited guests get here and what can we do to stem their relentless tide? More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Platte River Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Research Rendezvous Speaker Series - August

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Avian Botulism in Lake Michigan: How Does it Happen? More

    Time:
    9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire
    Fees:
    Free
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Black Bear Aware

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Find out why black bears are not ferocious monsters or cuddly friends, but fascinating and important animals with which we can safely coexist. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    DH Day Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Apples of our Ancestors

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    While many historic farmhouses stand empty, apple orchards remain. What stories do they tell us? More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Platte River Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Horse and Wagon Tours

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Experience the Port Oneida Historic District the way they did in the late 1800 to early 1900s - by horse and wagon! More

    Time:
    4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Charles and Hattie Olsen Farm
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Port Oneida Fair

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Take a step back in time at the Port Oneida Fair and experience life as it was in the late 1800's and early 1900's. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Port Oneida Rural Historic District
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Heroes of the Storm

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Kingdom on the Coast: Glen Haven

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Wander through Glen Haven, discover bits of history, and imagine life in this once-bustling historic village. More

    Time:
    12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    Location:
    Cannery, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    The Apple Tree

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Propagation of apple trees has been going on long before Johnny Appleseed spread them throughout the land. Explore historic apple orchards in Port Oneida More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location:
    Schoolhouse on Port Oneida Rd
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Little Bird, Big World

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    How did the piping plover become endangered? Follow the trail of this little shorebird and find out what the park is doing to help. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    DH Day Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Songs of Water and Wood

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    From logging camps to sailing ships, music was an integral part of life for the people of the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. Listen to songs that told the stories of their lives and become a part of our rich folk music heritage. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Platte River Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Star Party - August 2015

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    This is a solar viewing event. As the Port Oneida Fair ends, the sun viewing begins. More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Location:
    Thoreson Farm in Port Oneida
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Port Oneida Fair

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Take a step back in time at the Port Oneida Fair and experience life as it was in the late 1800's and early 1900's. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Port Oneida Rural Historic District
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Star Party - August 2015

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    The Port Oneida Fair celebration continues into the night. View the full moon, Mars, Saturn and Perseid meteors. More

    Time:
    9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    Location:
    Thoreson Farm in Port Oneida
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Heroes of the Storm

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Kayak the Crystal

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Take a relaxing trip down the Crystal River to observe the wildlife of Sleeping Bear Dunes from a different angle. More

    Time:
    9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Kayak launch on Fisher Road
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Biking the Backroads

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Take a bike tour of the backroads, and get an introduction to the leafy residents of our woods, along with any wildlife that comes out to say hello! Come prepared with your own bike, helmet, and water. Mountain or hybrid bikes recommended. More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location:
    Treat Farm driveway
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Fish Tales

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Kids, learn to a make fishing rigs out of a pop can! Then use your new fishing rig to catch and discover some of the amazing fish that live in the lakes. More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Bass Lake in Benzie County
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Stories of the Canopy

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Powerful natural forces have shaped our forests into diverse habitats that provide unique resources and recreation. Find out how humans have contributed to this process and what that might mean for the future of our forests. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    DH Day Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Sands of Time

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Where did all this sand come from? Where is it going next? The answers lie in the powerful forces that continue to shape this place. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Platte River Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Sleeping Bear Rocks!

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    Learn why Sleeping Bear Dunes rocks! Explore the geologic world of Sleeping Bear and create your own fossil. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Log Cabin, DH Day Campground
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Heroes of the Storm

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Sands of Time

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    Where did all this sand come from? Where is it going next? The answers lie in the powerful forces that continue to shape this place. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    DH Day Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Birchbark Legacy

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    Recreational canoeing traces its roots to the Native Americans who build birchbark canoes in the Great Lakes region. Uncover the connection to the past and learn about paddling opportunities within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Location:
    Platte River Campground Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Star Party - August 2015

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    It's an all-night star party! Join the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society and park rangers and enjoy exceptional conditions to watch the Perseid meteor shower. More

    Time:
    10:00 PM to 5:00 AM
    Location:
    Dune Climb
    Fees:
    Park pass required
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Research Rendezvous Speaker Series - August

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    Parks as Natural Laboratories: Water Bugs of the Upper Great Lakes National Parks More

    Time:
    9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire
    Fees:
    Free
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Horse and Wagon Tours

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    Experience the Port Oneida Historic District the way they did in the late 1800 to early 1900s - by horse and wagon! More

    Time:
    4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Charles and Hattie Olsen Farm
    Fees:
    Park pass required

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