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You own one-third of the land in America - public land where one can hike, bike, climb, hunt, swim, explore, picnic, or just simply relax. National Public Lands Day, September 24, 2016, is an opportunity to enjoy, and give something back to those places we love. In recognition of this special day, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will host a beach cleanup from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. No reservations are needed, simply meet at the visitor center in Empire for a short introduction, and then head out to the beaches with park staff. You will be joining thousands of volunteers across the nation who are taking part in this annual tradition. Dress for the weather, bring water and sunscreen, park rangers will provide all necessary tools and equipment.
Entrance fees at the National Lakeshore will be waived in honor of National Public Lands Day. Plus, all participants in the beach cleanup will earn a Sleeping Bear Dunes water bottle and a coupon for an additional free one-day entrance to public lands any time before September 24, 2017. For example, perhaps you have plans to take that western vacation next year. If so, the voucher earned for volunteer work could be used to obtain free entrance to a national park of your choice.
Anyone planning to spend time in the park beyond September 24 will need to purchase an entrance pass for the remainder of their stay, as the entrance fee is waived for only one day. The fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours, or use of concessions. Park fee collection stations will be open and have Annual Passes as well as Interagency Senior and Access Passes available. For questions, please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010.