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May 22, 2017
NPS Seeks Public Comment on SMI
The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for shoreline stabilization at the South Manitou Island Lighthouse complex within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

May 22, 2017
Glen Haven Days 2017
Join park rangers and skilled volunteers for Maritime Living History 101 throughout Glen Haven and the Maritime Museum on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sleeping Bear Dunes.

May 11, 2017
Become a Wilderness Ambassador
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is recruiting up to ten high school students entering grades 9-12 in the 2017-2018 school year to spend a week in the park gaining backcountry skills, enhancing knowledge of environmental stewardship, providing volunteer service, and building friendships – all while sleeping beneath the stars in the National Lakeshore’s designated Wilderness areas.

April 28, 2017
Save the Date for the Port Oneida Fair
Mark your calendar for the 2017 Port Oneida Fair at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) where history comes alive at six historic sites.

April 26, 2017
Severe Weather Training 101 at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Interested in learning more about severe weather, or becoming an official NWS SKYWARN storm spotter? Come to a FREE presentation, open to the public, and lasting about 1 ½ hours by meteorologists from the NWS.

April 20, 2017
Tourism to Sleeping Bear Dunes Creates Over 231 Million Dollars in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,683,554 visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) in 2016 spent $183 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 2,872 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $231 million.

April 13, 2017
Celebrate National Park Week 2017 with Sleeping Bear Dunes
National Park Week, April 15-23, is America's largest celebration of national heritage. It's about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks!

April 12, 2017
Bring Your Students on a Field Trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes this Spring
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is providing outdoor educational field trips in May and June. The National Lakeshore is an outstanding natural classroom that provides endless educational opportunities.

April 07, 2017
Become a Bark Ranger at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is hosting an orientation meeting for anyone interested in volunteering to serve as a Bark Ranger.”

April 05, 2017
Be a Teacher Ranger Teacher
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is recruiting one Teacher-Ranger-Teacher to spend the summer in the park learning about the resource and developing education programs. The application deadline is May 1, 2017.

April 04, 2017
Antique Apple and Pear Tree Pruning Workshop in May 2017
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be hosting its popular annual pruning workshop on Friday, May 5 in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District

March 30, 2017
2017 Summer Star Parties
National Lakeshore will be hosting a series of monthly astronomy programs that run from April through October. Park rangers and members of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) will help you unravel some of the mysteries of the night sky as well as discover more about the daytime sky

February 15, 2017
First Ever Winter Star Party at Sleeping Bear Dunes
The sky is the limit at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Explore the Milky Way, Mars, and Venus with park rangers and astronomers in the Dune Climb parking lot on Saturday, February 25 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

January 10, 2017
Free Entry on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the entrance fee to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be waived on Monday, January 16, 2017.

December 15, 2016
NPS Seeks Comments on Platte River Area Targeted Accessibility Improvement Program Project
The National Park Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore plans to expand accessibility at key points within the Platte River corridor. The project will provide a universal experience for their facilities at the Loon Lake access.

December 09, 2016
Saturday Snowshoe Hikes
Park rangers say “Bring on the snow!” so visitors can begin to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on snowshoes this winter!

December 07, 2016
Sleeping Bear Dunes Hosts Centennial Film Festival
Rangers and staff at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be presenting short films from a number of National Park Service (NPS) sites on December 10 and December 17. This two-day film festival over a couple of consecutive Saturdays will be the final NPS event of the Centennial celebration for 2016.

December 07, 2016
Winners of Kids' Artwork Contest
We've chosen winners of our kids' artwork contest.

November 23, 2016
Sleeping Bear Dunes Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass and Receives Snowshoe Field Trip Grant from National Park Foundation
Sleeping Bear Dunes encourages all fourth graders to visit the park for free this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The National Lakeshore was selected to receive a 2016-2017 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation and the North Face Explore Fund to support the Every Kid in a Park program.

November 16, 2016
Platte River Mouth Restoration and Access Plan Environmental Assessment is Available for Review
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Scott Tucker announced today that the National Park Service (NPS) has made the Platte River Mouth Restoration and Access Plan/Environmental Assessment (EA) available for public review and comment.

November 02, 2016
2016 Veterans Day is Fee-Free at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Superintendent Scott Tucker is pleased to announce that Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016, will be celebrated as a fee-free day for all Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) visitors in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  Come and experience your park during Veterans Day or any day! The National Lakeshore is open year-round. 

November 02, 2016
Researchers Discuss the Recent BioBlitz at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Scientists are always searching for better ways to assess biodiversity in different areas, particularly when trying to find rare species or newly introduced species that may become invasive. Engaging the public to help with this work has proven successful for this type of work, and the recent Blitz the Bear “BioBlitz” at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) is an excellent example of this approach.

October 19, 2016
Saturday Specials at the Sleeping Bear Dunes
Saturday Special programs on October 22 and 29. Sleeping Bear Inn tours and an avian botulism beach walk highlight the next two Saturdays at the National Lakeshore.

October 13, 2016
October Find Your Park After Dark
Celebrate the National Lakeshore’s 46th birthday with the final Star Party of the 2016 Celestial Centennial Summer.

October 06, 2016
Scientists to Discuss Night Skies and Light Pollution
One can experience wonderfully dark night skies in northern Michigan, especially at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). But the quality of those night skies is unfortunately increasingly affected by light pollution. When you hear the word “pollution,” you likely think about dirty air, dirty water, or dirty soil. So how can light be dirty?

October 03, 2016
Antique Apples Program at Sleeping Bear Dunes
It is apple season and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be hosting an Antique-Apple Program on Saturday, October 8, from noon to 4:00 p.m.

September 19, 2016
National Public Lands Day offers Free Entrance and a Volunteer Beach Clean up
On National Public Lands Day, September 24, 2016, Sleeping Bear Dunes will host a beach cleanup from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

September 12, 2016
September 2016 Artist-in-Residence Program
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore welcomes 2016’s September Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Phillip Sterling, a Michigan author currently working and living in Lowell, MI.

September 01, 2016
Help Blitz the Bear at BioBlitz
On Saturday, September 17, visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) can become citizen scientists for the day by joining the park’s quest to showcase the biodiversity of the National Lakeshore through a BioBlitz.

August 30, 2016
InstaMeet in Port Oneida Rural Historic Distric
On Saturday, September 3, 2016, at 4:00 p.m., Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will host a free InstaMeet event to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial.

August 29, 2016
Brook Trout Restoration at Sleeping Bear Dunes
The clear waters of Otter Creek in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) provide a home for native brook trout, but they are not present in high numbers. Research suggests that habitat restoration may be the key to increasing their abundance and distribution in Otter Creek.

August 26, 2016
Rachel B Concert
On Monday, September 5, Traverse City native Rachel B will be sharing her special brand of “empowerment pop” with visitors at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

August 26, 2016
September Find Your Park After Dark
The sky is the limit at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). Explore the Milky Way, Mars, and Saturn with park rangers and astronomers in the Dune Climb parking lot on Saturday, September 3 from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. Experience the late summer night sky in near total darkness.

August 26, 2016
Lukas Krolikowski Concert
On Thursday, September 1, visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore can listen to classical guitarist and composer Lukas Krolikowski at the Platte River Campground Amphitheater.

August 24, 2016
Kids Artwork Contest for 2017 Annual Park Entrance Pass
Sleeping Bear Dunes is conducting an artwork contest to select an image for the front of the park’s 2017 Annual Park Entrance Pass

August 16, 2016
Find Your American Roots with Mark Lavengood Concert
Listen to eclectic bluegrass artist Mark Lavengood from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the D. H. Day Campground amphitheater.

August 15, 2016
Sunset InstaMeet at the Pyramid Point Trail
On Monday, August 22, 2016, at 8:00 p.m., Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will host a free InstaMeet event to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial.

August 15, 2016
Take the BARK Pledge with Piper
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is hosting a BARK Ranger events at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17, at the Platte River Picnic Area adjacent to the Platte River Campground on Lake Michigan Road.

August 11, 2016
FindYourPark at Sleeping Bear Dunes on Centennial Birthday of the NPS
The National Park Service (NPS) invites visitors of all ages to join in the celebration of its 100th birthday. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) has a full day of events from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Founder’s Day, August 25.

August 04, 2016
Sleeping Bear Dunes Brings the NPS Centennial Band to Northern Michigan
In celebration of the National Park Service’s (NPS) 100th anniversary, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) is proud to announce the NPS Centennial Band will perform six shows here in Northern Michigan on their “Find Your Park” tour.

August 04, 2016
Celebrate the Centennial at the Port Oneida Fair
History comes alive at six historic sites during the annual Port Oneida Fair at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore), Friday and Saturday, August 12-13, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This two-day event includes rural history demonstrations, activities and special events each day. The fair will also feature live animals, such as a team of oxen cutting hay.

August 04, 2016
Catch All the Fun at Sleeping Bear Dunes Pokemon Hunts
This Friday and Saturday, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be offering a new ranger-led program called Pokemon Hunt, which will connect “Pokemon Go!” with real-world flora and fauna.

July 29, 2016
Presentation and Book Signing with Stacy L. Daniels
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will host a special presentation and book signing event on August 5, 2016 at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, MI with Stacy L. Daniels, author of the book The Comedy of Crystal Lake.

July 27, 2016
Local Citizens Discuss their Roles as Volunteer Scientists
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will host a panel discussion with several community members from Beulah, Glen Arbor, Honor, Interlochen and Traverse City that volunteer their time as Citizen Scientists for the park.

July 18, 2016
Take the BARK Pledge with Piper from Cherry Capital Airport
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) is hosting the next BARK Ranger event at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the Platte River Picnic Area.

July 15, 2016
Astronomy Fest at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sleeping Bear Dunes will be celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS) with the first ever Astronomy Fest on Saturday, July 23, 2016, from 1:00-11:00 p.m.,

July 15, 2016
Book Signing Event
The National Park Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) is pleased to announce a special book signing with author, Karen Trolenberg, and illustrator, Christopher Smith for their book Flight of Megizzewas. T

July 14, 2016
Sleeping Bear Dunes to Host Naturalization Ceremony
Candidates from numerous countries will become new citizens during a ceremony at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

July 05, 2016
Researcher to Discuss Invasive Dune Plants at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Matthew Reid (University of Louisville) will present a program entitled “Ecological Impacts of Baby's Breath Invasion and Management in Sand Dunes” on July 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center Auditorium in Empire, Michigan.

June 21, 2016
Enjoy Free Find Your Park Summer Concerts at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Beginning June 24, the Find Your Park Concert Series will offer free public concerts throughout the summer at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). The venue will be either the Platte River or D. H. Day Campground Amphitheaters (see individual listings for details). A park pass is required. All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. and will last about an hour.

June 17, 2016
Sleeping Bear Dunes Joins Great Lakes National Parks Centennial Poetry Installation
This summer, unusual nature poems masquerading as official park signs can be found in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the four other Great Lakes national parks at trails, vistas, and beaches as part of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial celebration.

June 15, 2016
Dog Owners Invited to Take the BARK Pledge with Piper the K-9 from Cherry Capital Airport
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is hosting three BARK Ranger events at the Platte River Picnic Area adjacent to the Platte River Campground

June 15, 2016
Find Your Park After Dark Enjoy this Celestial Centennial at Sleeping Bear Dunes
The sky is the limit at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). On Saturday, June 18, the National Lakeshore will host a star party celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service, and 100 years of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

June 10, 2016
Come to the Lakeshore for a Picnic in the Park and Junior Ranger Day
Come celebrate International Picnic Day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with a Picnic in the Park. Make it simple or extravagant; bring a bike, or go on a hike. Invite friends and family, and earn a Junior Ranger badge or patch.

June 06, 2016
Visiting Researchers to Discuss Slavemaking Ants at Sleeping Bear Dunes
A new ant species was recently described, for the first time, by German researchers from specimens collected in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.. This ant exhibits an unusual behavior: it enslaves other ants.

June 06, 2016
Educators Invited to Help Bring Sleeping Bear Dunes into their Classrooms
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is looking for educators who want to partner with the park

June 03, 2016
Celebrate the NPS Centennial at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS) with a series special summer events. There will be free concerts, “star parties” with astronomers, a Research Rendezvous lecture series, a naturalization ceremony, and more.

June 03, 2016
Platte River Mouth Restoration and Access Plan Scoping Report Available
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Acting Superintendent Tom Ulrich announced today that the National Park Service has made the public scoping analysis report for the Platte River Mouth Restoration and Access Plan / Environmental Assessment available for public review.

June 01, 2016
Researchers to Discuss DNA Methods for Monitoring Beach Water Quality
Dr. Murulee Byappanahalli (U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center) and Christopher Otto (National Park Service (NPS)) will present a program entitled “Advancing Monitoring Programs at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) Using DNA Technology” on June 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center Auditorium in Empire, Michigan.

May 17, 2016
Celestial Centennial at Sleeping Bear Dunes
The sky is the limit at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). Join park rangers and astronomers from the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) on Saturday, May 21, 9:00-11:00 p.m., at the Dune Climb.

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