Field Trips

Ranger-led Programs at Sleeping Bear Dunes

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Students on a ranger-led hike on the Cottonwood Trail.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was created to preserve the outstanding  natural features of this area including 71,000 acres of dunes, beaches, forests, inland lakes and rivers, and glacial phenomena. It also preserves cultural resources that reflect Great Lakes maritime and Michigan agricultural history. 

Sleeping Bear Dunes is an outstanding natural classroom that provides endless educational opportunities. We hope you will use the resources here to plan a trip to the park or to share the information about this beautiful area of Michigan with your students in the classroom.

Having a ranger lead your class through an activity opens the subject up to your students and makes it come alive. Our rangers have a depth of understanding of many topics that would be difficult to develop on your own. The popularity of ranger-guided activities makes it important that you plan your trip and make reservations early to assure that a ranger will be available.

If your school group is planning to come to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you may be eligible for an Education Fee Waiver.  

Whether you plan your own trip entirely, or would like to meet up with a ranger, a variety of opportunities are available to educational groups visiting the park. 

We hope you enjoy your experience at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!


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Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Geology, Glaciers, History, Science and Technology
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