As Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore celebrates the 50th anniversary of the park’s establishment in 1970, we must remember our story is not finished. Throughout 2020 and 2021, we will look to how the past 50 years will shape the next 50. One key piece of the celebration is acknowledging how we have gotten to where we are today. These ventures would not have been possible without the passion and commitment from innumerable employees and partners throughout the years, not to mention the sacrifices of former landowners within the current boundaries of the park. The challenging task of preserving and protecting the Lakeshore’s resources could not be done without the dedication, creativity, and a little sweat from the countless staff, volunteers and visitors. Every opportunity a visitor has to connect with the park is an opportunity to ensure the story here is being told. Because of the foundation of the last 50 years, our visitors find value in their visit far beyond the dunes and beaches. They can walk in the footsteps of previous generations and connect with the rich history of this place. Our story becomes their story - It is not finished, we are only beginning!
-Scott Tucker, Superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Last updated: September 23, 2020