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Be a part of National Park Service tradition and attend a ranger-led program! Explore Sleeping Bear with a ranger on a hike or bike ride, at a campground or Junior Ranger program, and much more! Our seasonally available programs are FREE, cover a wide range of topics, and are fun for all ages.

For more fun events, check out our park partners' event calendars:

Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear events: Horse and Wagon Tours of Port Oneida, Heritage Run, Chicken BBQ, and more.
Friends of Sleeping Bear events: Yoga on the beach, and more.

 

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Junior Ranger Day

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Location: Dune Climb
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Explore, Learn, Protect! Celebrate Junior Ranger Day.

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    Star Party - June 2017

    • Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Location: Dune Climb
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    View the skies with members from the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society and park rangers.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Star Party - June 2017

    • Time: 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    • Location: Dune Climb
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    View the night skies with members of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society and park rangers.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    1 Beach Walk Bird Watch

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Maritime Museum beach
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/25/2017 to 08/06/2017

    Walk the beach, learn new things, be a citizen scientist, and help a ranger collect data for use in an ongoing study of avian botulism within Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    2 History Detectives: Digging up the Past

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    • Location: Cannery, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/25/2017 to 08/13/2017

    Take a hands-on approach to “digging” up the history of Sleeping Bear Dunes!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    3 Pop Can Fishing

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Bass Lake in Benzie County (accessed via Trails End Road, south of Empire)
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/25/2017 to 08/06/2017

    Join in some fishy fun and you’ll learn how to make your own fishing reels, play casting games, and go fishing. For the young and young-at-heart. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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    4 Heroes of the Storm

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/25/2017 to 08/06/2017

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    5 Wilderness Skills

    • Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Sleeping Bear Point Trail, west of Maritime Museu
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/25/2017 to 08/13/2017

    Are you planning to explore the great outdoors this summer? Prepare for your adventures in nature with basic wilderness skills. Sleeping Bear Point Trail, west of Maritime Museum, 1 hour.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Precious Plovers

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    The Park is home to many animals of all kinds, some being endangered species such as the piping plover. The park takes strides to protect these animals and you can help too!

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    Twilight Talk–Wild Places, Sacred Spaces

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    What is Wilderness? Who does it belong to? Why do we bother? Take a journey within to discover what wild places mean to you.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    1 Birding 101

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • Location: Esch Beach
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Every Monday Weekly from 06/26/2017 to 08/07/2017

    If the early bird gets the worm, how early do birders have to get up? We’ll walk, look, and listen along Otter Creek to learn the basics of birding, identify birds, and gain insight into their lives.

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    2 Junior Rangers 101

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    • Location: DH Day Campground log cabin
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Every Monday Weekly from 06/26/2017 to 08/07/2017

    Learn the basics about being a Junior Ranger, and work toward earning your patch. Each program will highlight a different special person, place, or thing Junior Rangers help the park to protect.

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    3 Heroes of the Storm

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Every Monday Weekly from 06/26/2017 to 08/07/2017

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    4 Glen Haven: Stroll Down Memory Lane

    • Time: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    • Location: Cannery, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Every Monday Weekly from 06/26/2017 to 08/07/2017

    Share your curiousity of this once bustling historic village as we peek in its buildings and uncover their stories.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Precious Plovers

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Park is home to many animals of all kinds, some being endangered species such as the piping plover. The park takes strides to protect these animals and you can help too!

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    Twilight Talk–Sleeping Bear 101

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Are you a national park junkie? A Sleeping Bear buff? Come test out your trivia skills with a ranger in a fun, game show-style program!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    1 Paddle the Platte

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Platte River Boat Launch
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 06/27/2017 to 08/08/2017

    Enjoy an easy four-mile paddle down the lower Platte River to discover the wonders of wetland.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    2 Heroes of the Storm

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 06/27/2017 to 08/08/2017

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    3 Photo Fun Hunt

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    • Location: Empire Bluff Trail
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 06/27/2017 to 08/08/2017

    Employ your creativity through a photography scavenger hunt as you learn about the biodiversity of Sleeping Bear Dunes on an interactive hike.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    4 Port Oneida Historical Bike Tour

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Olsen Farm, Port Oneida
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 06/27/2017 to 08/08/2017

    Take a leisurely bike tour past historic barns and fields and hear about the history of the Port Oneida area. Route will be on gravel road

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Rivers of Ice

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Learn about glaciers and the powerful geological forces that created this beautiful and ever-changing landscape.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–The Bear Affair

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Grab some teammates and show off your Sleeping Bear knowledge in a timed trivia activity.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    1 Pop Can Fishing

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Bass Lake accessed via Trails End Road
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/28/2017 to 08/09/2017

    Join in some fishy fun and you’ll learn how to make your own fishing reels, play casting games and go fishing. For the young and young-at-heart.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    2 EarthCaching

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Lake Michigan Overlook #9
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/28/2017 to 08/09/2017

    Using your GPS unit or a smartphone and a set of clues, go on a journey to discover a geological feature of Sleeping Bear.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    3 Heroes of the Storm

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/28/2017 to 08/09/2017

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    4 Pedal the Trail

    • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • Location: Glen Haven General Store
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/28/2017 to 08/09/2017

    Ride the Heritage Trail and learn about the history of Glen Haven, the geologic significance of the park, and much more!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Settlers Strolls on South Manitou

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Enjoy an interactive hike around South Manitou with the early settlers who once called the Island home! Make “stops” along the way to learn more about the rich and diverse history of the Island.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–What's that Scat?!

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Come join and learn how to identify scat of animals found within Sleeping Bear Dunes!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    1 Kelderhouse Tales

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Kelderhouse Farm
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Every Thursday Weekly from 06/29/2017 to 08/10/2017

    Take a bite out of the rich agricultural history of Port Oneida as we explore the Kelderhouse apple orchard, farm and historic schoolhouse! Learn about the park’s efforts to protect these important cultural resources.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    2 Junior Rangers 101

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground log cabin
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Every Thursday Weekly from 06/29/2017 to 08/10/2017

    Learn the basics about being a Junior Ranger, and work toward earning your patch. Each program will also highlight a different special person, place, or thing Junior Rangers help the park to protect.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    3 Heroes of the Storm

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Cannery, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Every Thursday Weekly from 06/29/2017 to 08/10/2017

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    4 Lyle Gun Demonstration

    • Time: 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Cannery, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Every Thursday Weekly from 06/29/2017 to 08/10/2017

    Watch a live, black powder firing of the Lyle Gun, a line-throwing cannon, that was used by the U.S. Lifesaving Service and U.S. Coast Guard for over 75 years to rescue thousands of shipwreck victims.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Birding 101 at Sleeping Bear

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Meet up for a sneak preview of birding on the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail at Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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    Twilight Talk–Starry Nights over Sleeping Bear

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Sleeping Bear Dunes has one of the darkest night skies east of the Mississippi River. Learn more about this beautiful natural resource with a general introduction to astronomy.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    1 History Detectives: Digging up the Past

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
    • Location: Port Oneida
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, June 30, 2017

    Every Friday Weekly from 06/30/2017 to 08/04/2017

    Take a hands-on approach to “digging” up the history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    2 Build a Dune

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    • Location: Cannery Beach, Aloha Platform, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, June 30, 2017

    Every Friday Weekly from 06/30/2017 to 08/04/2017

    Learn how the sand dunes were formed and how they continue to change through hands-on experiments in the sand.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    3 Heroes of the Storm

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, June 30, 2017

    Every Friday Weekly from 06/30/2017 to 07/28/2017

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Starry Nights over Sleeping Bear

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, June 30, 2017

    Sleeping Bear Dunes has one of the darkest night skies east of the Mississippi River. Learn more about this beautiful natural resource with a general introduction to astronomy.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Take the Fright out of the Night

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, June 30, 2017

    Half the park is after dark; don't let unfamiliar sights, sounds, and sensations keep you from enjoying it. Bust myths about owls, bats, and other creepy crawlies so they'll no longer give you the creepy crawlies.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    1 Coffee and Current Events with a Ranger

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Glen Haven General Store
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 07/01/2017 to 08/05/2017

    Come fill your cup with some coffee and have a conversation about the current events within Sleeping Bear Dunes and the National Park Service. Limited amount of coffee and tea will be provided.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    2 Kayak the Crystal

    • Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Head of the Crystal at Fisher Road
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 07/01/2017 to 08/12/2017

    Enjoy an easy six-mile paddle down the Crystal River to discover the history and ecology of this beautiful area.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    3 Secret of the Stones

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Cannery Beach
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 07/01/2017 to 08/05/2017

    Beautiful beach rocks abound on the sandy shores of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Use your keen observation skills to uncover the tales these stones hold.

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    4 Heroes of the Storm

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 07/01/2017 to 08/05/2017

    This re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck rescue is designed for children of all ages.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Storytelling 101

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 AM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Do you enjoy a good story? Have you ever wanted to be a storyteller? Spend an evening with a ranger listening to stories and even creating one of your own. No previous storytelling experience required, and children are welcome!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Take the Fright out of the Night

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Half the park is after dark; don't let unfamiliar sights, sounds, and sensations keep you from enjoying it. Bust myths about owls, bats, and other creepy crawlies so they'll no longer give you the creepy crawlies

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Wild Places, Sacred Spaces

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, July 2, 2017

    What is Wilderness? Who does it belong to? Why do we bother? Take a journey within to discover what wild places mean to you

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Sleeping Bear 101

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, July 3, 2017

    Are you a national park junkie? A Sleeping Bear buff? Come test out your trivia skills with a ranger in a fun, game show-style program!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–What's that Scat?!

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    Come join Ranger Burly in the [campground] and learn how to identify scat of animals in found within Sleeping Bear Dunes!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Birding 101 at Sleeping Bear

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Meet up for a sneak preview of birding on the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail at Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Starry Nights over Sleeping Bear

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, July 7, 2017

    Sleeping Bear Dunes has one of the darkest night skies east of the Mississippi River. Learn more about this beautiful natural resource with a general introduction to astronomy.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Storytelling 101

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 8, 2017

    Do you enjoy a good story? Have you ever wanted to be a storyteller? Spend an evening with a ranger listening to stories and even creating one of your own. No previous storytelling experience required, and children are welcome!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Take the Fright out of the Night

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 8, 2017

    Half the park is after dark; don’t let unfamiliar sights, sounds, and sensations keep you from enjoying it. Bust myths about owls, bats, and other creepy crawlies so they’ll no longer give you the creepy crawlies.

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Last updated: January 27, 2017

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