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Rangers having fun in historical USSLS costume
Rangers having fun modeling various USSLS uniforms.
 

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, bike tours, garden programs, Path to Pen programs, driving tours, ROOTStories, pioneer food techniques programs, craft demonstrations, and more.

Friends of Sleeping Bear events: Yoga on the beach, and more.

 

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    No Twilight Talks today

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Campground amphitheaters
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 08/10/2018 to 08/11/2018

    No Twilight Talks this evening. Instead join us for the Port Oneida Fair in Port Oneida 10 am – 4 pm.

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    Port Oneida Fair

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Port Oneida Rural Historic District
    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 08/10/2018 to 08/11/2018

    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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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Star Party - August 2018

    • Time: 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    • Location: Port Oneida
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, August 11, 2018

    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

    __Paddle the Platte

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Location: Platte River Boat Launch
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 08/12/2018 to 09/02/2018

    Enjoy an easy four-mile paddle down the lower Platte River to discover the wonders of wetland. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one locally.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    _Dune Discovery

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground log cabin
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 08/12/2018 to 09/02/2018

    Find out how the dunes of Sleeping Bear were formed and unearth other geologic stories hidden in the sand.

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    Glen Haven Stroll

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Cannery, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 08/12/2018 to 09/02/2018

    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

    Heroes of the Storm

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Everyday from 08/12/2018 to 09/03/2018

    U.S. Life Saving Service crewmen had a dangerous job. Travel back in time and experience the reenactment of a daring shipwreck rescue. Maritime Museum, 30 minutes

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    Twilight Talk @ DH Day Campground

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Everyday from 08/12/2018 to 09/03/2018

    Discover the fascinating aspects of Sleeping Bear Dunes' natural and cultural wonder in a nightly presentation. Inquire at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center or campground bulletin boards for the night's topic.

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    Twilight Talk @ Platte River Campground

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Everyday from 08/12/2018 to 09/03/2018

    Discover the fascinating aspects of Sleeping Bear Dunes' natural and cultural wonder in a nightly presentation. Inquire at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center or campground bulletin boards for the night's topic.

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    Twilight Talk–Mysterious Findings

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Learn how Lake Michigan's ecosystem is truly complex and at the same time fragile. Like invaders from another world, the zebra mussel and round goby have disturbed the natural order.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–What "Wood" You Do?

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    A Choose Your Own Adventure Narrative Do you know how to escape a rip current, tie a bow line knot, navigate without GPS, and Leave No Trace? Test and share your outdoor experience to see how tonight's story ends!  

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    zHSBP Open Gardens for the Family

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center, Charles Olsen farm
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 07/29/2018 to 08/12/2018

    Drop in to explore the Olsen farm vegetable Garden with fun, guided activities for all ages. You might discover what’s growing in season, practice historic planting techniques, go on an insect safari or explore the wild world of soil!

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    zHSBP Bike Tour

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center, Port Oneida
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 07/29/2018 to 08/19/2018

    Explore Port Oneida.

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    zHSBP Traditional Craft Demonstration

    • Time: 1:00 PM
    • Location: Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center, Charles Olsen farm
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 07/29/2018 to 08/12/2018

    Traditional craft demonstration

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    __Pop Can Fishing

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Bass Lake in Benzie County (accessed via Trails End Road, south of Empire)
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, August 13, 2018

    Every Monday Weekly from 08/13/2018 to 09/03/2018

    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

    _Ranger Rendezvous

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground log cabin
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, August 13, 2018

    Every Monday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 08/13/2018 to 09/03/2018

    This family friendly program uses hands-on activities to explore the uniqueness of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Topics vary weekly and may include animals, plants, history, or geology.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–More than Sand

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, August 13, 2018

    Everyone knows Sleeping Bear Dunes has beautiful sand dunes, but what do you know about their history? Come learn about what there was besides sand. PLUS - help make your own post card to send or save in commemorating your visit!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Trees: Wanted, Dead or Alive!

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Monday, August 13, 2018

    Come explore the secret life of trees at Sleeping Bear Dunes! See if you can guess all the different ways animals use trees to survive… even the dead ones!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    _Sleeping Bear Legend

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Platte River Picnic Area
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 08/14/2018 to 08/28/2018

    Hear the legend of how the park’s iconic features were named and discover more about the local people who call this place home.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Connect with Wilderness

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    Expand your boundaries and understanding of what wilderness is and the important role it plays in public lands.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Trees: Wanted, Dead or Alive!

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    Come explore the secret life of trees at Sleeping Bear Dunes! See if you can guess all the different ways animals use trees to survive…even the dead ones!

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    _Birding Blitz

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • Location: Esch Road
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 08/15/2018 to 08/29/2018

    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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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Furry Fiends

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Discover some of the animals that call Sleeping Bear Dunes home and find out about their adaptations that help them to survive. Learn what you can do to keep these locals wild.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Wild Places, Sacred Spaces

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Connect with the past and the original inhabitants of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as we explore the relationship between culture and language.

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    zHSBP Auto Tour

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center, Charles Olsen farm
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 07/25/2018 to 08/15/2018

    Visit and learn the history of historic buildings in Port Oneida or the Ken-Tuck-U-Inn and Boekeloo cabin.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Beach Walk

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Maritime Museum beach
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Every Thursday Weekly from 08/16/2018 to 08/30/2018

    Help a ranger collect data for the park's ongoing research about the wildlife that call Lake Michigan home.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Lyle Gun Demonstration

    • Time: 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Maritime Museum, Glen Haven
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Every Thursday Weekly from 08/16/2018 to 08/30/2018

    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

    Pedal with a Ranger

    • Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    • Location: Dune Climb SBHT trailhead
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Every Thursday Weekly from 08/16/2018 to 08/30/2018

    Join a ranger for a guided pedal along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Frequent stops will be made to investigate exciting topics along the route.

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    Twilight Talk–Furry Fiends

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Discover some of the animals that call Sleeping Bear Dunes home and find out about their adaptations that help them to survive. Learn what you can do to keep these locals wild.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Wrecks and Rescues of the Manitou Passage

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Join the crew of a vessel that once sailed the Manitou Passage. We'll travel through time to discover why this strectch of water is known for causing shipwrecks.

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    zHSBP Bike Tour

    • Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center, Charles Olsen farm
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Every Thursday Weekly from 07/26/2018 to 08/16/2018

    Explore Port Oneida.

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    __Port Oneida Walk

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center, Charles Olsen farm
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly from 08/17/2018 to 08/31/2018

    Step into the shoes of 19th century homesteaders and connect to the hardships and delights of farm life.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Twilight Talk–Furry Fiends

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: DH Day Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Discover some of the animals that call Sleeping Bear Dunes home and find out about their adaptations that help them to survive. Learn what you can do to keep these locals wild.

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    Twilight Talk–Sleeping Bear Rocks

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Location: Platte River Campground amphitheater
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Uncover the glacial phenomena of Sleeping Bear Dunes and how it is ever-changing.

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    zHSBP Path to Pen: Guided Writing Tour

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center, Charles Olsen farm
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Hike around the farms, woods and fields of the lovely Port Oneida historic area with interpretive artist, Nancy McKay and botanist, Elise DeBuysser for a guided writing tour of selected sites in the Port Oneida Historic District.

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    __Manitou Passage Beach Walk

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Sleeping Bear Point Trailhead
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Every Saturday Weekly from 08/18/2018 to 09/01/2018

    Hike to a dune crest on Sleeping Bear Point to catch a glimpse of the Manitou Islands and Manitou Passage. Find out how the unique geologic past of the area shaped the lives of those who first lived on this shore of Lake Michigan

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    Star Party - September 2018

    • Time: 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    • Location: Dune Climb
    • Fees: Park pass required
    Saturday, September 8, 2018

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

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