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Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134
While people across the country are celebrating National Park Week, April 19 through April 27, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore staff is encouraging the public to join them right here in your own back yard for a free “Brown Bag Bonanza” luncheon series. The “Brown Bag Bonanzas” will take place each weekday (except Wednesday) from noon until 1:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center in Empire, and will feature various park employees telling stories, showing slides, and sharing photos from the different National Park sites at which they have worked. Festivities will culminate on Saturday, with a special Junior Ranger Day, where children of all ages are invited to learn about and explore the Lakeshore, earn a badge, and take the Junior Ranger oath!
“Bring your lunch and settle in as our Rangers recount their first-hand experiences at special places such as Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Castillo de San Marcos, and other treasures of the National Park System,” said Dusty Shultz, Superintendent. “You’ll be amazed at the range of experience we have here at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore,” said Shultz. “Our staff collectively, has worked in over 120 different National Park Service sites around the country.” No park pass is required to participate in the “Brown Bag Bonanzas” and light refreshments will be served.
- Monday, April 21 – Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services Lisa Myers will talk about the wonders of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California.
- Tuesday, April 22 – Chief of Maintenance Lee Jameson will talk about his time at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan.
- Thursday, April 24 – Newly appointed Platte River District Ranger Michael Stansberry will share information about Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska.
- Friday, April 25 – Purchasing Agent, Tina Spengler will talk about Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in Florida.
Finally, on Saturday, April 26, children of all ages are welcome to earn the honor of becoming a Junior Ranger. Come to the Visitor Center in Empire and pick up a free booklet. Follow the special instructions on how to become a Junior Ranger in just one day, by joining in the morning and/or afternoon ranger program and then, at 3:00 p.m., assemble in the Visitor Center for a huge swearing in/badge ceremony. There will be light refreshments served and prizes for all.
Throughout the entire month of April at the Traverse Area District Library in Traverse City, your national parks are highlighted in the two Sight and Sounds cases in the lobby. One case has books, photos, pins, patches, and wildlife from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, while the other has games, memorabilia, brochures, and much more from national park sites all over the United States. Please check them out and get some ideas for your future travels!
For more information about the schedule or other Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore activities, please call the Visitor Center at 231-326-5134.