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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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  • Heroes of the Storm

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Reading the Forests

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Every type of forest tells a different story. Join a park ranger and learn what the forests of Sleeping Bear Dunes can tell us about the history of the Great Lakes region and the plants and animals that call this place home. More

  • A Special Treat

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes contains an abundance of fascinating historical sites and equally engaging stories to accompany them. Join us for a short hike to find out how a lakeshore farm operated in the early 1900’s. More

  • Fun with Bugs!

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    This is your chance to discover why insects play an important role in the web of life. Look for the ranger with the bug net. More

  • Evening Program - The Sleeping Bear

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Explore the forever changing landscapes and people of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore through stories, folklore, and photos. More

  • Evening Program - Wild about Wildernes

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is now a designated Wilderness area! Discover just what wilderness is and what it means for our park. More

  • Lake Michigan: Serenity & Deceptio

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Things are not always as they seem. Explore the peace of Lake Michigan and discover its deceptive ways as you stroll along the beach of Platte Bay. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

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

  • Glaciers are Cool

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Join a ranger to learn how glaciers shaped the Lakeshore. More

  • Lyle Gun Demonstration

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • What Does "Wilderness" Mean to You?

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    On March 13, 2014 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was designated by Congress as a wilderness area. What does this mean? More

  • Evening Program - Wild about Wildernes

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is now a designated Wilderness area! Discover just what wilderness is and what it means for our park. More

  • Evening Program - The Living Dunes

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Learn why the sand dunes are continually in motion as the forces of nature reshape the landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes over and over again. More

  • HOME: It’s Where the Heart is

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    The wild and the domestic have found their place in this watery wilderness. Who and what call Sleeping Bear their home? More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Friday, July 11, 2014

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

  • Evening Program - The Living Dunes

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Learn why the sand dunes are continually in motion as the forces of nature reshape the landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes over and over again. More

  • Busy Beaver!

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Explore the habitat of a beaver with a ranger and what role they play in the sleeping bear ecosystem. Bug spray, long pants and close toed shoes are recommended. More

  • The New Dune Ride

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Load up your bike and join a park ranger for a leisurely spin on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Discover some amazing geological sights, fascinating history, and a variety of plants and animals. More

  • Evening Program - Sleeping Bear Dunes Game NIght

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Test your knowledge of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by joining us for a rousing round of trivia. Fun for the whole family! More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

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

  • Evening Program–Starry Starry NIght

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • The Spirit of Sleeping Bear

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Hear the legend and fascinating history that bring Sleeping Bear Dunes to life. See amazing views of Lake Michigan, while discovering how this spectacular landscape was formed. More

  • Wilderness Navigation Treasure Hunt

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    How did early visitors explorers plot a route through this vast wilderness without using a GPS? Unearth your hidden navigation skills with a ranger to find the answer as you search for hidden treasure. Recommended for participants ages 8 and up More

  • A Day in the Life of a Surfman

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Travel back in time and discover a day in the life of a Surfman. Learn how they lived and risked their lives rescuing mariners. This program will include a hands-on nautical knot tying demo. More

  • Evening Program - A Dangerous Passage

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Explore what made the Manitou Passage so dangerous for mariners who sailed over 100 years ago. Learn about the vessels of yesteryear as they sailed thought the narrow passage during low visibility, gale force winds and heavy storms. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

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

  • Evening Program – (Sleeping) Bear Aware!

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Depending on who you ask, bears are either dangerous creatures or cuddly friends. Come find out why the truth is somewhere in between and what you can do to help protect Sleeping Bear’s namesake animal. More

  • Dunes in Motion

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Stories of the Dunes

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Hear the legends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and tales of the Manitou Passage. More

  • Glen Haven: Capital of DH Day’s Kingdom

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Feel the past come back to life on a guided walking tour of this once- bustling historic village. More

  • Shipwreck Mysteries

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Take a ranger-led hike and discover the mysteries of shipwrecks on the Manitou Passage. More

  • Nature's Sand Castle

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Nature’s Sand Castle How was Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes formed? Why are they always in a state of change? Join us on the beach and find out as you play in the sand and create your own mini dune More

  • Evening Program - Whoooo Do You Hear?

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Who are the three most common owl species at Sleeping Bear Dunes? Come to the program and find out! It will be a HOOT! More

  • History, Mystery and Murder

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    The logging town of Aral is long since abandoned. Learn about the murder that shook the town and the events that led to its disappearance as you tour the town’s remains. More

  • Evening Program–Songs of Sleeping Bear

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    From loggers to sailors, music was used to pass on stories and help cope with the harshness of life. Come for an evening of history and music, complete with a sing-along! More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Monday, July 14, 2014

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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Wonders of Wilderness

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Discover the newly established wilderness and what it means for you at Sleeping Bear Dunes. More

  • From Cradle to Grave: Life and Death on the Farm

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Explore the Miller homestead and cemetery to learn about the tragedies and triumphs of life on the farm in Port Oneida. More

  • Evening Program - (Sleeping) Bear Aware!

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Depending on who you ask, bears are either dangerous creatures or cuddly friends. Come find out why the truth is somewhere in between and what you can do to help protect Sleeping Bear’s namesake animal. More

  • Evening Program–The Rarely Seen

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Sneak a peak at the special plants and animals at Sleeping Bear Dunes. How did they become so rare? What is being done to protect them More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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

  • What Lies Beneath?

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Lake Michigan affects us in many ways at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. But what lies beneath the surface of the water? Discover the mysteries of the deep blue! More

  • Evening Program - National Lakeshore Nightly News

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Hear the latest updates of what is happening at Sleeping Bear Dunes. More

  • Dunes in Motion

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Fishing Fun

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Join a park ranger for some fishy fun casting, and you’ll learn how to make your own fishing reels, play casting games, and go fishing. More

  • Junior Rangers Rock

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Join a park ranger to learn why Sleeping Bear Dunes rocks! Explore the geological world of Sleeping Bear and create your own fossil. More

  • Pedal Port Oneida

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Pedal past historic barns and fields and hear the stories they tell about Port Oneida, the largest rural historic district in the National Park Service. More

  • Evening Program–Habitats “Shape” the Bird

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Discover how birds are shaped by their environment and how their environments are shaped by them. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Reading the Forests

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Every type of forest tells a different story. Join a park ranger and learn what the forests of Sleeping Bear Dunes can tell us about the history of the Great Lakes region and the plants and animals that call this place home. More

  • A Special Treat

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes contains an abundance of fascinating historical sites and equally engaging stories to accompany them. Join us for a short hike to find out how a lakeshore farm operated in the early 1900’s. More

  • Fun with Bugs!

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    This is your chance to discover why insects play an important role in the web of life. Look for the ranger with the bug net. More

  • Evening Program - The Sleeping Bear

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Explore the forever changing landscapes and people of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore through stories, folklore, and photos. More

  • Evening Program - Wild about Wildernes

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is now a designated Wilderness area! Discover just what wilderness is and what it means for our park. More

  • Lake Michigan: Serenity & Deceptio

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Things are not always as they seem. Explore the peace of Lake Michigan and discover its deceptive ways as you stroll along the beach of Platte Bay. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

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

  • Glaciers are Cool

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Join a ranger to learn how glaciers shaped the Lakeshore. More

  • Lyle Gun Demonstration

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • What Does "Wilderness" Mean to You?

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    On March 13, 2014 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was designated by Congress as a wilderness area. What does this mean? More

  • Evening Program - Wild about Wildernes

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is now a designated Wilderness area! Discover just what wilderness is and what it means for our park. More

  • Evening Program - The Living Dunes

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Learn why the sand dunes are continually in motion as the forces of nature reshape the landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes over and over again. More

  • HOME: It’s Where the Heart is

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    The wild and the domestic have found their place in this watery wilderness. Who and what call Sleeping Bear their home? More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Friday, July 18, 2014

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

  • Evening Program - The Living Dunes

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Learn why the sand dunes are continually in motion as the forces of nature reshape the landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes over and over again. More

  • Busy Beaver!

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Explore the habitat of a beaver with a ranger and what role they play in the sleeping bear ecosystem. Bug spray, long pants and close toed shoes are recommended. More

  • The New Dune Ride

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Load up your bike and join a park ranger for a leisurely spin on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Discover some amazing geological sights, fascinating history, and a variety of plants and animals. More

  • Evening Program - Sleeping Bear Dunes Game NIght

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Test your knowledge of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by joining us for a rousing round of trivia. Fun for the whole family! More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

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

  • Evening Program–Starry Starry NIght

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • The Spirit of Sleeping Bear

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Hear the legend and fascinating history that bring Sleeping Bear Dunes to life. See amazing views of Lake Michigan, while discovering how this spectacular landscape was formed. More

  • Wilderness Navigation Treasure Hunt

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    How did early visitors explorers plot a route through this vast wilderness without using a GPS? Unearth your hidden navigation skills with a ranger to find the answer as you search for hidden treasure. Recommended for participants ages 8 and up More

  • A Day in the Life of a Surfman

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Travel back in time and discover a day in the life of a Surfman. Learn how they lived and risked their lives rescuing mariners. This program will include a hands-on nautical knot tying demo. More

  • Evening Program - A Dangerous Passage

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Explore what made the Manitou Passage so dangerous for mariners who sailed over 100 years ago. Learn about the vessels of yesteryear as they sailed thought the narrow passage during low visibility, gale force winds and heavy storms. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

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

  • Evening Program – (Sleeping) Bear Aware!

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Depending on who you ask, bears are either dangerous creatures or cuddly friends. Come find out why the truth is somewhere in between and what you can do to help protect Sleeping Bear’s namesake animal. More

  • Dunes in Motion

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Stories of the Dunes

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Hear the legends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and tales of the Manitou Passage. More

  • Glen Haven: Capital of DH Day’s Kingdom

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Feel the past come back to life on a guided walking tour of this once- bustling historic village. More

  • Shipwreck Mysteries

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Take a ranger-led hike and discover the mysteries of shipwrecks on the Manitou Passage. More

  • Nature's Sand Castle

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Nature’s Sand Castle How was Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes formed? Why are they always in a state of change? Join us on the beach and find out as you play in the sand and create your own mini dune More

  • Evening Program - Whoooo Do You Hear?

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Who are the three most common owl species at Sleeping Bear Dunes? Come to the program and find out! It will be a HOOT! More

  • History, Mystery and Murder

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    The logging town of Aral is long since abandoned. Learn about the murder that shook the town and the events that led to its disappearance as you tour the town’s remains. More

  • Evening Program–Songs of Sleeping Bear

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    From loggers to sailors, music was used to pass on stories and help cope with the harshness of life. Come for an evening of history and music, complete with a sing-along! More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Monday, July 21, 2014

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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Wonders of Wilderness

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Discover the newly established wilderness and what it means for you at Sleeping Bear Dunes. More

  • From Cradle to Grave: Life and Death on the Farm

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Explore the Miller homestead and cemetery to learn about the tragedies and triumphs of life on the farm in Port Oneida. More

  • Evening Program - (Sleeping) Bear Aware!

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Depending on who you ask, bears are either dangerous creatures or cuddly friends. Come find out why the truth is somewhere in between and what you can do to help protect Sleeping Bear’s namesake animal. More

  • Evening Program–The Rarely Seen

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Sneak a peak at the special plants and animals at Sleeping Bear Dunes. How did they become so rare? What is being done to protect them More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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

  • What Lies Beneath?

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Lake Michigan affects us in many ways at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. But what lies beneath the surface of the water? Discover the mysteries of the deep blue! More

  • Evening Program - National Lakeshore Nightly News

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Hear the latest updates of what is happening at Sleeping Bear Dunes. More

  • Dunes in Motion

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Fishing Fun

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Join a park ranger for some fishy fun casting, and you’ll learn how to make your own fishing reels, play casting games, and go fishing. More

  • Junior Rangers Rock

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Join a park ranger to learn why Sleeping Bear Dunes rocks! Explore the geological world of Sleeping Bear and create your own fossil. More

  • Pedal Port Oneida

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Pedal past historic barns and fields and hear the stories they tell about Port Oneida, the largest rural historic district in the National Park Service. More

  • Evening Program–Habitats “Shape” the Bird

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Discover how birds are shaped by their environment and how their environments are shaped by them. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Reading the Forests

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Every type of forest tells a different story. Join a park ranger and learn what the forests of Sleeping Bear Dunes can tell us about the history of the Great Lakes region and the plants and animals that call this place home. More

  • A Special Treat

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes contains an abundance of fascinating historical sites and equally engaging stories to accompany them. Join us for a short hike to find out how a lakeshore farm operated in the early 1900’s. More

  • Fun with Bugs!

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    This is your chance to discover why insects play an important role in the web of life. Look for the ranger with the bug net. More

  • Evening Program - The Sleeping Bear

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Explore the forever changing landscapes and people of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore through stories, folklore, and photos. More

  • Evening Program - Wild about Wildernes

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is now a designated Wilderness area! Discover just what wilderness is and what it means for our park. More

  • Lake Michigan: Serenity & Deceptio

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Things are not always as they seem. Explore the peace of Lake Michigan and discover its deceptive ways as you stroll along the beach of Platte Bay. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

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

  • Glaciers are Cool

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Join a ranger to learn how glaciers shaped the Lakeshore. More

  • Lyle Gun Demonstration

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • What Does "Wilderness" Mean to You?

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    On March 13, 2014 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was designated by Congress as a wilderness area. What does this mean? More

  • Evening Program - Wild about Wildernes

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is now a designated Wilderness area! Discover just what wilderness is and what it means for our park. More

  • Evening Program - The Living Dunes

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Learn why the sand dunes are continually in motion as the forces of nature reshape the landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes over and over again. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Friday, July 25, 2014

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

  • Evening Program - The Living Dunes

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Learn why the sand dunes are continually in motion as the forces of nature reshape the landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes over and over again. More

  • Busy Beaver!

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Explore the habitat of a beaver with a ranger and what role they play in the sleeping bear ecosystem. Bug spray, long pants and close toed shoes are recommended. More

  • The New Dune Ride

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Load up your bike and join a park ranger for a leisurely spin on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Discover some amazing geological sights, fascinating history, and a variety of plants and animals. More

  • Evening Program - Sleeping Bear Dunes Game NIght

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Test your knowledge of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by joining us for a rousing round of trivia. Fun for the whole family! More

  • Star Party - July 2014

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    This is a solar viewing event. See the sun up-close. Solar glasses will be available to borrow. Please park at Picnic Mountain; the next right after the #2 stop. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

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

  • Evening Program–Starry Starry NIght

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

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

  • Star Party - July 2014

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    View the Mars, Saturn and the summer Milky Way. Please park at Picnic Mountain; the next right after the #2 stop. More

  • Dunes in Motion

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • The Spirit of Sleeping Bear

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Hear the legend and fascinating history that bring Sleeping Bear Dunes to life. See amazing views of Lake Michigan, while discovering how this spectacular landscape was formed. More

  • Wilderness Navigation Treasure Hunt

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    How did early visitors explorers plot a route through this vast wilderness without using a GPS? Unearth your hidden navigation skills with a ranger to find the answer as you search for hidden treasure. Recommended for participants ages 8 and up More

  • A Day in the Life of a Surfman

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Travel back in time and discover a day in the life of a Surfman. Learn how they lived and risked their lives rescuing mariners. This program will include a hands-on nautical knot tying demo. More

  • Evening Program - A Dangerous Passage

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Explore what made the Manitou Passage so dangerous for mariners who sailed over 100 years ago. Learn about the vessels of yesteryear as they sailed thought the narrow passage during low visibility, gale force winds and heavy storms. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

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

  • Evening Program – (Sleeping) Bear Aware!

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Depending on who you ask, bears are either dangerous creatures or cuddly friends. Come find out why the truth is somewhere in between and what you can do to help protect Sleeping Bear’s namesake animal. More

  • Dunes in Motion

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Stories of the Dunes

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Hear the legends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and tales of the Manitou Passage. More

  • Glen Haven: Capital of DH Day’s Kingdom

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Feel the past come back to life on a guided walking tour of this once- bustling historic village. More

  • Shipwreck Mysteries

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Take a ranger-led hike and discover the mysteries of shipwrecks on the Manitou Passage. More

  • Nature's Sand Castle

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Nature’s Sand Castle How was Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes formed? Why are they always in a state of change? Join us on the beach and find out as you play in the sand and create your own mini dune More

  • Evening Program - Whoooo Do You Hear?

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Who are the three most common owl species at Sleeping Bear Dunes? Come to the program and find out! It will be a HOOT! More

  • History, Mystery and Murder

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    The logging town of Aral is long since abandoned. Learn about the murder that shook the town and the events that led to its disappearance as you tour the town’s remains. More

  • Evening Program–Songs of Sleeping Bear

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    From loggers to sailors, music was used to pass on stories and help cope with the harshness of life. Come for an evening of history and music, complete with a sing-along! More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Monday, July 28, 2014

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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Wonders of Wilderness

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Discover the newly established wilderness and what it means for you at Sleeping Bear Dunes. More

  • From Cradle to Grave: Life and Death on the Farm

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Explore the Miller homestead and cemetery to learn about the tragedies and triumphs of life on the farm in Port Oneida. More

  • Evening Program - (Sleeping) Bear Aware!

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Depending on who you ask, bears are either dangerous creatures or cuddly friends. Come find out why the truth is somewhere in between and what you can do to help protect Sleeping Bear’s namesake animal. More

  • Evening Program–The Rarely Seen

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Sneak a peak at the special plants and animals at Sleeping Bear Dunes. How did they become so rare? What is being done to protect them More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

  • What Lies Beneath?

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Lake Michigan affects us in many ways at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. But what lies beneath the surface of the water? Discover the mysteries of the deep blue! More

  • Evening Program - National Lakeshore Nightly News

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Hear the latest updates of what is happening at Sleeping Bear Dunes. More

  • Dunes in Motion

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Fishing Fun

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Join a park ranger for some fishy fun casting, and you’ll learn how to make your own fishing reels, play casting games, and go fishing. More

  • Junior Rangers Rock

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Join a park ranger to learn why Sleeping Bear Dunes rocks! Explore the geological world of Sleeping Bear and create your own fossil. More

  • Pedal Port Oneida

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Pedal past historic barns and fields and hear the stories they tell about Port Oneida, the largest rural historic district in the National Park Service. More

  • Evening Program–Habitats “Shape” the Bird

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Discover how birds are shaped by their environment and how their environments are shaped by them. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Reading the Forests

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Every type of forest tells a different story. Join a park ranger and learn what the forests of Sleeping Bear Dunes can tell us about the history of the Great Lakes region and the plants and animals that call this place home. More

  • A Special Treat

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes contains an abundance of fascinating historical sites and equally engaging stories to accompany them. Join us for a short hike to find out how a lakeshore farm operated in the early 1900’s. More

  • Fun with Bugs!

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    This is your chance to discover why insects play an important role in the web of life. Look for the ranger with the bug net. More

  • Evening Program - The Sleeping Bear

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Explore the forever changing landscapes and people of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore through stories, folklore, and photos. More

  • Evening Program - Wild about Wildernes

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is now a designated Wilderness area! Discover just what wilderness is and what it means for our park. More

  • Lake Michigan: Serenity & Deceptio

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Things are not always as they seem. Explore the peace of Lake Michigan and discover its deceptive ways as you stroll along the beach of Platte Bay. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

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

  • Glaciers are Cool

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Join a ranger to learn how glaciers shaped the Lakeshore. More

  • Lyle Gun Demonstration

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • What Does "Wilderness" Mean to You?

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    On March 13, 2014 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was designated by Congress as a wilderness area. What does this mean? More

  • Evening Program - Wild about Wildernes

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is now a designated Wilderness area! Discover just what wilderness is and what it means for our park. More

  • Evening Program - The Living Dunes

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Learn why the sand dunes are continually in motion as the forces of nature reshape the landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes over and over again. More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Friday, August 1, 2014

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

  • Evening Program - The Living Dunes

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Learn why the sand dunes are continually in motion as the forces of nature reshape the landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes over and over again. More

  • Busy Beaver!

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Explore the habitat of a beaver with a ranger and what role they play in the sleeping bear ecosystem. Bug spray, long pants and close toed shoes are recommended. More

  • The New Dune Ride

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Load up your bike and join a park ranger for a leisurely spin on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Discover some amazing geological sights, fascinating history, and a variety of plants and animals. More

  • Evening Program - Sleeping Bear Dunes Game NIght

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Test your knowledge of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by joining us for a rousing round of trivia. Fun for the whole family! More

Did You Know?

Night Sky

The night sky is vital to many plants and animals that call Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore home and it holds a variety of meanings for many cultures. An unpolluted night sky is especially valuable to humans wishing to experience natural darkness, shooting stars, or the Milky Way.