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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

    1 Heroes of the Storm

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 23, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 07/23/2016 to 08/27/2016

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

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    2 Pop Can Fishing

    • Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Bass Lake in Benzie County (accessed via Trails End Road, south of Empire)
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 23, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 07/09/2016 to 07/23/2016

    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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    Astronomy Fest

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 23, 2016

    Come have astronomical fun in the park!

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    Evening Program–Sleeping Bear's Magnificent Mustelids

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 23, 2016

    From badgers to otters, the weasel family comes in all shapes and sizes. Discover our mustelid residents, and the part they play in our ecosystem.

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    Evening Program–The Lakeshore's Wild SIde

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 23, 2016

    Did you know that Sleeping Bear Dunes has designated wilderness? Join a ranger to discuss the importance of wilderness, some special places for you to enjoy, and find the wild side of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!

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    Twilight Trek

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Windy Moraine Trailhead
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 23, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 07/23/2016 to 08/27/2016

    Have you ever wondered how the forest changes as night begins to fall? Come enter the world of shadows and sunsets and learn about the park’s nocturnal residents

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    1 Kayak the Crystal

    • Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Head of the Crystal at Fisher Road
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 07/24/2016 to 08/28/2016

    Enjoy an easy paddle down the Crystal River to discover the hardships faced by the migratory fish that depend on the river for survival.

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    2 Waking the Bear

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • Location: Platte River Picnic Area
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 07/24/2016 to 08/28/2016

    Bring your thoughts and a cup of your favorite morning beverage! Drop in, hang out with a ranger, and share your ideas about the Lakeshore

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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
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 07/24/2016 to 08/28/2016

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

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    Evening Program–Starry Starry NIght

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    They are the glow of the past, yet they light the way forward in more ways than one. Meet before the sun sets to plan an evening of stargazing. 

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–The Lakeshore's Wild SIde

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Did you know that Sleeping Bear Dunes has designated wilderness? Join a ranger to discuss the importance of wilderness, some special places for you to enjoy, and find the wild side of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    1 The Spoke-n Word (Bike Tour)

    • Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Location: Glen Haven General Store
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly from 07/25/2016 to 08/29/2016

    Experience the wonderful flora, fauna, and scenery along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    2 Post It

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Picnic Mountatin
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly from 07/25/2016 to 08/29/2016

    Help create a fun social media post with one of our interpretive park rangers! Afterwards, the content you created may be published on Sleeping Bear Dunes’ Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube pages!

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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
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly from 07/18/2016 to 09/05/2016

    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

    Evening Program–Apples of our Ancestors

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    While many historic farmhouses stand empty, apple orchards remain. What stories do they tell us?

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    Evening Program–Ghost Stories of the Wilderness

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    There are many stories from the Sleeping Bear wilderness, some of ghosts, some of spirits, and some that are just as scary as a thunder storm on the lake.

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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, July 26, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 07/19/2016 to 08/30/2016

    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 Twilight Trek

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Shauger Hill Trailhead
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 07/26/2016 to 08/30/2016

    Have you ever wondered how the forest changes as night begins to fall? Come enter the world of shadows and sunsets, and learn about the park’s nocturnal residents.

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    Evening Program–Come Fly with Me

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Take a journey above the ground, into the trees and high in the sky where the birds make their home. Make some comparisons, and see if you might be tougher than, say, a black-capped chickadee. Join a ranger for some avian fun in the evening.

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    Evening Program–Habitat Wars

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Turmoil has engulfed the habitats of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Invasive species are spreading across the park disrupting the natural order. But hope is not lost! Come see how you can help bring balance to the forest.

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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
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 07/27/2016 to 08/24/2016

    Enjoy an easy paddle down the Platte River to discover the hardships faced by the migratory fish that depend on the river for survival.

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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, July 27, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 07/27/2016 to 08/24/2016

    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: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 07/27/2016 to 08/24/2016

    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 Bear in Mind

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Log cabin in DH Day Campground
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 07/27/2016 to 08/24/2016

    Sleeping Bear Dunes has been a place of importance for many people, including you! Come share your experiences and help shape the Lakeshore’s future.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    4 Heroes of the Storm

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 07/13/2016 to 08/31/2016

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

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    Evening Program–Century Storm

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Hearing stories of the severe wind storm that raced through Sleeping Bear Dunes last year? Explore the storm’s intensity, local damage, and the process of forest succession.

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    Evening Program–Sentinels of the Shore

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground Amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Step back in time and learn about the lighthouses, shipwrecks, and rich maritime history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    1 BotWatch

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Maritime Museum, beach, Glen Arbor
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 07/28/2016 to 08/18/2016

    If you like walking the beach and learning new things, this is the program for you. Help a ranger collect data that will be used in an ongoing study of avian botulism within Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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    2 The Spoke-n Word (Bike Tour)

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Location: Glen Haven General Store
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 07/28/2016 to 08/18/2016

    Experience the wonderful flora, fauna, and scenery along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Bring your own bicycle, or rent one locally.

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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, July 28, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 07/28/2016 to 08/25/2016

    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, July 28, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 07/28/2016 to 08/25/2016

    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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    Evening Program–Spiders: Your Worst Enemy

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    They're always there--in the corner of your kitchen, under your bed, on your bathroom ceiling. . . . What are they doing there and what nefarious plans will they spin for you? Find out what our eight-legged neighbors are up to tonight!

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    Find Your Park Concert Series: Dana Falconberry

    • Time: 8:00 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Intricately layered and multi-textured, Falconberry’s avant-folk songs are the aural equivalent of the disparate and wondrous landscapes of these United States.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    1 Secret of the Stones

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Location: Cannery Beach
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly from 07/22/2016 to 08/26/2016

    Beautiful beach rocks abound on the sandy shores of Sleeping Bear Dunes. What will the stones reveal to us as we listen to their stories.

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    2 Post It

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Glen Haven General Store
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly from 07/22/2016 to 08/26/2016

    Help create a fun social media post with one of our interpretive park rangers! Afterwards, the content you created may be published on Sleeping Bear Dunes’ Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube page

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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, July 29, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly from 07/15/2016 to 09/02/2016

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

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    4 Twilight Trail Touring (Bike Ride)

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Glen Haven General Store
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly from 07/22/2016 to 08/26/2016

    Take a twilight bike ride on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Explore the Lakeshore on a guided bicycle tour, and witness this golden time of day along with our nocturnal residents slowly emerging from their daytime slumber.

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    Evening Program–Century Storm

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Hearing stories of the severe wind storm that raced through Sleeping Bear Dunes last year? Explore the storm’s intensity, local damage, and the process of forest succession.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Evening Program–Water Those?

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Lake Michigan is under siege, and it needs your help! Explore the aquatic invasive species of Sleeping Bear Dunes and the impacts they have on the ecosystem.

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    1 Pop Can Fishing

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Bass Lake accessed via Trails End Road
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 07/30/2016 to 08/27/2016

    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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    EarthCaching

    • Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive #9 Overlook
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 07/30/2016 to 08/27/2016

    Using your GPS unit or a smartphone and a set of clues, go on a journey to discover a geological feature of Sleeping Bear. Whether you are a novice or experienced cacher, join a ranger on this trek to learn something new!

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    Evening Program–100 Years of the National Park Service

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Delve into the past 100 years of the National Park Service. Discover Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s place in history and uncover how you can help write the next century’s story of preservation.

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    Research Rendezvous Speaker Series - August

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, August 11, 2016

    Volunteers for Science: A Panel Discussion with Citizen Scientists at Sleeping Bear Dunes

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    Port Oneida Fair

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Port Oneida Rural Historic District
    Friday, August 12, 2016

    Everyday from 08/12/2016 to 08/13/2016

    Take a step back in time at the Port Oneida Fair and experience life as it was in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

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    Star Party - August 2016

    • Time: 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    • Location: Thoreson Farm in Port Oneida
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, August 13, 2016

    The Port Oneida Fair celebration continues into the night. View the full moon, Mars, Saturn and Perseid meteors.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Find Your Park Concert Series: Mark Lavengood

    • Time: 8:00 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    One could call Lavengood a renaissance man where that his impact is not felt so heavily and heartily than by those at the places and professions he has spent time.

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