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September 18, 2017
National Public Lands Day 2017
To celebrate National Public Lands Day, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will lead a work-bee on the Sleeping Bear Point Trail from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

September 08, 2017
National Lakeshore September Artist in Residence Presentation
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore welcomes 2017’s September Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Amy Falstrom, an Indiana artist currently working and living in Indianapolis, Indiana.

September 01, 2017
September 2017 Star Party
Join park rangers and astronomers from the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society on Saturday, September 23 in the Dune Climb parking lot and the lawn area at the base of the dune.

August 29, 2017
2018 Kids Artwork Contest for Annual Park Entrance Pass
For the third year, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is conducting an artwork contest to select an image for the front of the park’s Annual Park Entrance Pass.

August 25, 2017
MDNR and Sleeping Bear Dunes Prepared to Dredge Platte River Mouth
The National Park Service has permits in place to allow another year of dredging of the Platte River mouth for the fall salmon run.

August 18, 2017
Fee Free Day August 25, 2017
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will celebrate the 101st birthday of the National Park Service by offering free admission on Friday, August 25. Fees waived include entrance fees and commercial tour fees. Other fees such as reservations, camping, and concession fees are not included.

August 10, 2017
Solar Eclipse Viewing Event
The sky is the limit at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Join park rangers and astronomers from the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society on Monday, August 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Dechow farm in the National Lakeshore’s Port Oneida Rural Historic District to experience the Great American Total Eclipse.

July 28, 2017
Port Oneida Fair Fun at Sleeping Bear Dunes
The 2017 Port Oneida Fair is Friday and Saturday, August 11-12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July 21, 2017
Exploring Science at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Discover how scientific research works at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Join National Park Service staff on Tuesday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center Auditorium in Empire, Michigan.

July 18, 2017
Astronomy Day at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will celebrate its second ever Astronomy Day at the Dune Climb. The event will take place on Saturday, July 29, 2017. All astronomy events are free with a park pass

June 27, 2017
Lakeshore Requests Comments on Fee Increase
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) is requesting public comment on increasing both entrance fees and camping fees beginning January 1, 2018.

June 14, 2017
Junior Ranger Day 101
Explore, Learn, Protect! Kids of all ages are welcome to come and learn at Junior Ranger 101 on June 24 at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!

June 09, 2017
Find Your Park After Dark June 2017 Star Party
The sky is the limit at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Join park rangers and astronomers from the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society on Saturday, June 24 at the Dune Climb parking lot. Two events offer opportunities to focus on the sky: viewing the sun with a solar telescope and viewing distant galaxies and star clusters, as well as the evening planets of Jupiter and Saturn.

June 06, 2017
Lakeshore Restores Route to Shell Lake
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is restoring a 0.8 mile section of National Park Service-owned dirt track in the Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness in the vicinity of Good Harbor.

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.

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