Celebrate the 99th Birthday of the National Park Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes

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Date: August 19, 2015

Did you know that all 408 national parks across the country will be celebrating the 99th Birthday of the National Park Service, Tuesday, August 25? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is celebrating by offering free admission on Tuesday, August 25. Fees waived include entrance fees and commercial tour fees. Other fees such as camping and concession fees are not included.

Join in on the birthday fun.
Come to the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center for special ranger-led hourly introductions of why National Parks are “America’s Best Idea.” 

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“The National Park Service’s 99th birthday is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the role of national parks in the American story as we look ahead to celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016,” said Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz. “National parks belong to all Americans and offer something for everyone. These national treasures belong to all of us, and we want everyone–especially the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates–to discover and connect with their national parks. So plan to visit your park, enjoy a ranger-led activity, tour the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, climb the dune at the Dune Climb, go for a bicycle ride along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, or simply enjoy a day at the beach.”

Please note that due to the continuing impacts from the severe storm that struck the area on August 2, the Alligator Hill Trail and Valley View Backcountry Campground remain closed. All other park areas and facilities are open. The National Park Service was created by The Organic Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. Today the National Park System is comprised of 408 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was established in 1970 to preserve the outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena in their natural setting and protect them from developments and uses that would destroy the scenic beauty and natural character of the area, for the benefit, inspiration, education, recreation, and enjoyment of the public.

For more information, please contact the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center at 231-326-4700, ext. 5010.

Last updated: August 20, 2015

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