Ice Caves No Longer Safe
The ice formations in Leelanau Township, north of the park, are no longer safe to visit. High winds have fractured the ice, moving it to the west. Huge cracks have formed in the cave arches, making them very unsafe and open water is now visible.
Please consider volunteering your time and talent at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You will enjoy putting your skills to work in this beautiful setting, and you will meet many other fine people who have similar interests.
Contact our volunteer coordinator, Matt Mohrman at 231-326-4729. He will match your interests, skills, and time availability with the wide variety of volunteer projects available.
We are grateful for the generosity and dedication of so many volunteers who contribute their time and skills to making Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore the beautiful, educational destination that it is today. In 2011, 1,300 volunteers and groups donated almost 35,000 hours to park operations and programs. That work is valued at over $750,000 and is the equivalent of more than 16 full-time employees.
We also have an Artist-in-Residence Program. Check it out!
The following list provides a few examples of volunteer activities at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and demonstrates the breadth of volunteer opportunities that our Volunteers In Park (VIP) are involved in:
As our world becomes busier and more populated, we are grateful to people who are willing to share their time and talents in work that helps ensure that these public areas entrusted to our care and held in public trust are available for all to experience and enjoy.
Did You Know?
You can enjoy the warm water of a small inland lake and walk a few steps across the pristine sand dunes to Lake Michigan and experience the refreshing cool waves of the big lake at North Bar Lake in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More...