Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a celebration of the towering dunes and dense forests, vast waterways and small streams, the Anishinaabek and early settlers, maritime villages and rustic lodges, remote wilderness and busy beaches all held within its boundaries and the many stories they tell: that Sleeping Bear Dunes is a National Lakeshore is a salute to the hard work and commitment of many. To commemorate 50 years as a National Lakeshore, we had big plans to host a year-long celebration full of events and in-person activities. Obviously, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the nature of this celebration somewhat, but despite these setbacks the show must go on! We still have plenty of activities and challenges for you to undertake as well as details on how you can help us celebrate virtually. During the upcoming year, we will work to acknowledge the contributions and stories of how Sleeping Bear Dunes came to be–interweaving their stories and histories with the park’s physical grandeur and natural history, and bringing it all to life: the story of Sleeping Bear Dunes is not finished. We are excited to engage with the community as we look forward to the next 50 years. As our birthday approaches, the Lakeshore would like to thank those who have played a pivotal role in making the park what it is today, invite new connections and support to shape its future, and showcase the magnificence of what makes the park so special.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is honoring its first 50 years by sharing a year-long commemoration with its community, thanking those who have played a role in making the park what it has become; inviting new connections, support and goodwill to ensure its future; and showcasing the magnificence that makes the park special. Furthermore, to make up for missed opportunities in 2020, we’re forging ahead in 2021 with a “51 is the new 50” mindset to keep the momentum going.
Goal 1: Events during the anniversary celebration will focus attention on the significance of the 50-year milestone.
Last updated: October 6, 2020