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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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  • Evening Program–Habitats “Shape” the Bird

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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

  • Lake Michigan: Serenity & Deceptio

    Tuesday, September 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. More

  • The Spirit of Sleeping Bear

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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

  • Learn Our Trees

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    A tree us never just a tree. Learn the basics of tree identification and what species grow in our beautiful Lakeshore! More

  • What Lies Beneath?

    Wednesday, September 10, 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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Evening Program - (Sleeping) Bear Aware!

    Wednesday, September 10, 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

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

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

  • Lyle Gun Demonstration

    Thursday, September 11, 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

  • Evening Program - The Living Dunes

    Thursday, September 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

  • Evening Program - (Sleeping) Bear Aware!

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    In our popular culture, bears are either dangerous creatures or cuddly friends. Come find out why the truth is somewhere in between and what you can do to protect Sleeping Bear's namesake animal. More

  • Evening Program - Whoooo Do You Hear?

    Friday, September 12, 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

  • Reading the Forest

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Take a short hike and learn to see the history, ecology, and possible future in the unique forests of Sleeping Bear Dunes. More

  • What Does "Wilderness" Mean to You?

    Friday, September 12, 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–Songs of Sleeping Bear

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    From loggers to sailors, residents of this area used music much like we do: to have fun, tell stories, and cope with their often harsh lives. Come to learn what this music can tell us about our history and the people who made it. More

  • Star Party - September 2014

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    View the summer Milky Way and many Deep Sky Objects. Park in the row furthest from the dunes facing M-109. More

  • Wilderness Weekend Begins

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Wilderness Weekend Begins! Earn your Wilderness Explorer badge after you pick up your free Wilderness Explorer booklet, available throughout the day at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. More

  • Leave No Trace in the Wilderness

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Join in fun Leave No Trace games and activities. More

  • What about Wilderness?

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Participate in wilderness activities, which include maps, art, stories and more! More

  • Wilderness Explorer Ceremony

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Celebrate what you have done and experienced throughout the day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Park rangers will award Wilderness Explorer badges. There will be snacks! More

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Take a walk on the wild side with a park ranger to learn about wilderness and why it matters. More

  • Wild about Wilderness

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the nation’s newest designated wilderness area. Discover just what wilderness is and what it means for us. More

  • The Wilderness Frontier is in the Stars

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Gaze up, there it is, the Milky Way. Discover the treasures of our night skies with rangers of Sleeping Bear and astronomers from the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society at the Dune Climb parking lot off of M-109. More

  • Wilderness Weekend Begins

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Wilderness Weekend Begins! Earn your Wilderness Explorer badge after you pick up your free Wilderness Explorer booklet, available throughout the day at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. More

  • Crystal Clear about Wilderness

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    With a ranger as your guide, paddle down the Crystal River to explore our newly designated wilderness. Reservations required. Please call 231-326-4700 ext 5010. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one from a local vendor. More

  • Crystal Clear about Wilderness

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    With a ranger as your guide, paddle down the Crystal River to explore our newly designated wilderness. Reservations required. Please call 231-326-4700 ext 5010. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one from a local vendor. More

  • What Does "Wilderness" Mean to You?

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

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

  • What about Wilderness?

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Participate in wilderness activities, which include maps, art, stories and more! More

  • Wilderness Explorer Ceremony

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Celebrate what you have done and experienced throughout the day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Park rangers will award Wilderness Explorer badges. There will be snacks! More

  • Dunes in Motion

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

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

    Monday, September 15, 2014

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

  • Glaciers are Cool

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Come hike the Empire Bluff trail with a park ranger and learn how glaciers shaped the landscape around you. More

  • Evening Program–Habitats “Shape” the Bird

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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

  • Lake Michigan: Serenity & Deceptio

    Tuesday, September 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. More

  • The Spirit of Sleeping Bear

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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

  • Learn Our Trees

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    A tree us never just a tree. Learn the basics of tree identification and what species grow in our beautiful Lakeshore! More

  • What Lies Beneath?

    Wednesday, September 17, 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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Evening Program - (Sleeping) Bear Aware!

    Wednesday, September 17, 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

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

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

  • Lyle Gun Demonstration

    Thursday, September 18, 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

  • Evening Program - The Living Dunes

    Thursday, September 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

  • Evening Program - (Sleeping) Bear Aware!

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    In our popular culture, bears are either dangerous creatures or cuddly friends. Come find out why the truth is somewhere in between and what you can do to protect Sleeping Bear's namesake animal. More

  • Evening Program - Whoooo Do You Hear?

    Friday, September 19, 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

  • Reading the Forest

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Take a short hike and learn to see the history, ecology, and possible future in the unique forests of Sleeping Bear Dunes. More

  • What Does "Wilderness" Mean to You?

    Friday, September 19, 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–Songs of Sleeping Bear

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    From loggers to sailors, residents of this area used music much like we do: to have fun, tell stories, and cope with their often harsh lives. Come to learn what this music can tell us about our history and the people who made it. More

  • Glen Haven: Capital of DH Day’s Kingdom

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    How did this 110-ft dune and all of its neighbors get here? Where are they going? find out at this fast, fun talk. More

  • History, Mystery and Murder

    Saturday, September 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

  • Who Lives in the Lake?

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    The inland lakes of Sleeping Bear Dunes are home to countless critters. Come learn about who calls our lakes home and see if you can catch a fish! More

  • The Spirit of Sleeping Bear

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

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

  • Evening Program - Story of Sand

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    What are the ecological forces that move sand, and where did all that sand come from? Find the answers and more! More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

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

  • A Special Treat

    Sunday, September 21, 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

  • Fair Winds and Following Seas

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    View the route sought by many weary travelers seeking safe passage. More

  • The Secret of North Bar Lake

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    The inland lakes that run parallel to the shore were all once a part of Lake Michigan, but North Bar Lake is different. Find out why! More

  • Dunes in Motion

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

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

    Monday, September 22, 2014

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

  • Glaciers are Cool

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Come hike the Empire Bluff trail with a park ranger and learn how glaciers shaped the landscape around you. More

  • Evening Program–Habitats “Shape” the Bird

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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

  • Lake Michigan: Serenity & Deceptio

    Tuesday, September 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. More

  • The Spirit of Sleeping Bear

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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

  • Learn Our Trees

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    A tree us never just a tree. Learn the basics of tree identification and what species grow in our beautiful Lakeshore! More

  • What Lies Beneath?

    Wednesday, September 24, 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

  • Dunes in Motion

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Come learn about the dunes. More

  • Evening Program - (Sleeping) Bear Aware!

    Wednesday, September 24, 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

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

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

  • Lyle Gun Demonstration

    Thursday, September 25, 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

  • Evening Program - The Living Dunes

    Thursday, September 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

  • Evening Program - (Sleeping) Bear Aware!

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    In our popular culture, bears are either dangerous creatures or cuddly friends. Come find out why the truth is somewhere in between and what you can do to protect Sleeping Bear's namesake animal. More

  • Evening Program - Whoooo Do You Hear?

    Friday, September 26, 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

  • Reading the Forest

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Take a short hike and learn to see the history, ecology, and possible future in the unique forests of Sleeping Bear Dunes. More

  • What Does "Wilderness" Mean to You?

    Friday, September 26, 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–Songs of Sleeping Bear

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    From loggers to sailors, residents of this area used music much like we do: to have fun, tell stories, and cope with their often harsh lives. Come to learn what this music can tell us about our history and the people who made it. More

  • Glen Haven: Capital of DH Day’s Kingdom

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

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

  • National Public Lands Day - Beach Cleanup

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    Helping hands for America's lands! Celebrate National Public Lands Day by joining us in cleaning up a Sleeping Bear Dunes beach. More

  • Dunes in Motion

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    How did this 110-ft dune and all of its neighbors get here? Where are they going? find out at this fast, fun talk. More

  • History, Mystery and Murder

    Saturday, September 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

  • Who Lives in the Lake?

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    The inland lakes of Sleeping Bear Dunes are home to countless critters. Come learn about who calls our lakes home and see if you can catch a fish! More

  • The Spirit of Sleeping Bear

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

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

  • Evening Program - Story of Sand

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    What are the ecological forces that move sand, and where did all that sand come from? Find the answers and more! More

  • Heroes of the Storm

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

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

Did You Know?

US Life-Saving Service

During the winter of 1870-71, 214 people lost their lives in shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, and congress established the US Life-Saving Service to conduct rescues from shore. This became the US Coast Guard in 1915. Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes to see how these men lived and worked. More...