Our Park Partners
Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes...helping to preserve and restore the natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The Friends work in co-operation with the National Park Service by raising funds through donations and grants and by volunteering time and skills to complete a long list of projects proposed by the park management. Explore their web site at www.friendsofsleepingbear.org to learn more about the organization. They are always looking for more people who share their desire to make Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore even better. You can join from their web site, then come to one of our meetings and meet some new people while enjoying the beauty and history of the Northern Michigan lakeshore.
The Friends meet once each month from April through October. They operate the Adopt-A-Trail program for the park, so if you are interested in helping keep hiking trails in good shape, let them know. Also, the group raises money through grants and donations to fund projects that enhance the quality of our park. The Friends group is a major sponsor of the Port Oneida Fair (first weekend in August), which highlights the cultural heritage of this rural farm land.
Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear is the park's partner group that focuses solely on stabilizing, restoring, rehabilitating for adaptive-use, and interpreting the rich 19th century heritage of human history in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. With their members and donors, PHSB is bringing history alive again!
Over 360 historic resources are standing today due to the success of Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear's early advocacy days in 1998. Preserve's founding was imperative to save these symbols of our past from their fate of demolition. Since that time, Preserve has preserved dozens of structures with contracted or volunteer work projects; created a history center; co-founded the Port Oneida Fair; restored historic fields of invasive species; and contributed close to .5 million dollars in funds and volunteer labor. Come enjoy their interpretive tours, programs, and exhibits; the Port Oneida Picnic, Barn to Barn Trail 5K Run/Walk, and the Port Oneida Fair hosted by the Lakeshore!
There's much more work to do! They would love your help as a Preserve member or volunteer! www.phsb.org
The Manitou Islands Memorial Society helps preserve the history and cultural traditions of the Islands, distributes educational and interpretive materials and programs, keeps records of burials and gravesites of original settlers and others interred on the Islands, promotes the proper care and maintenance of the Islands' historic and cultural assets, and supports the Park Service as volunteers on the Islands.
TART Trails, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to connect the entire Traverse region with world-class trails, bikeways, and pedestrian-friendly streets linking people to the beauty of the region year-round. TART Trails is the preeminent trail authority in northwestern Michigan and is collaborating with the park and other partners on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.
Heading to North or South Manitou Island? Access to the islands is by either private boat or by passenger ferry operated by Manitou Island Transit. The ferry service operates from the Fishtown Dock located in Leland, MI. The ferry operators have been servicing the islands for many generations and the company is still run as a family business.
Eastern National is a private, non-profit organization that provides quality educational products and services to park visitors. A portion of the proceeds are donated back to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to support interpretive and educational programs. They operate the Bookstores at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, The Dune Center, and the Glen Haven General Store.
Did You Know?
The lighthouse on South Manitou Island (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore) was commissioned in 1872 and served Lake Michigan Shipping for over 100 years. You can take a tour of the lighthouse and climb its 117 step circular stairway to a great view of the Manitou Passage. More...