Join Park Rangers for the Second Annual Families United with Nature (FUN) Snow Olympics at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) and let your family spirit shine! Meet at the Visitor Center on M-72 in Empire on February 13 at 2:00 p.m. We will make Olympic flags for each family and then car caravan to the site for our own winter games with snowshoes, snowmen, relays, and more! If our snow deteriorates before then, Park Rangers will lead outdoor nature competitions appropriate for the weather that day. This event is open to all families and is part of the park’s outdoor activity club - FUN. Dress for the weather; layers and waterproof boots are recommended. Reservations are not required, but are recommended by contacting Park Ranger Amie Lipscomb at 231-326-5135, ext. 332, or Amie_Lipscomb@nps.gov.
FUN is an outdoor activity club for families, hosted by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The club provides a fantastic opportunity for families to get outdoors together and try their hand at something new, breathe a little fresh air, and meet other families who enjoy being outside. FUN meets every second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m., with additional special events throughout the year. The next Sunday FUNday will be “Squirrelly for Spring” on March 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Families can join the club by filling out a membership form at any FUN event. Members will receive free journals to document their outdoor activities and have the opportunity to earn rewards as a family for these experiences. Joining FUN is free; however, a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park Entrance Pass will be required for activities taking place within the park. The Entrance Pass costs $10 and is good for a full week, or an Annual Park Entrance Pass may be purchased for only $20. Both passes can be purchased at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. Scholarships are available by request.
For more information, please call the National Lakeshore at 231-326-5134 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/slbe.