Sleeping Bear Dune Events: Free Summer Programs at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes Events: Get to know the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as well as a Park Ranger at the variety of free educational programs and events offered this summer at Sleeping Bear Dunes, beginning June 10 and ending September 3, 2012. Each evening, there will be two programs to chose from, one held at the Platte River Campground Amphitheater, and one at the D.H. Day Campground Amphitheater. Program topics include early local farm life, star gazing, wildlife, shipwrecks, and guided bike tours, and each begins at 8:00 p.m. Best of all, the program attendance is not limited to those staying at the campground- they are open and free to everyone who loves Northern Michigan.   

In addition to the 8:00 p.m. programs, the summer schedule will include the popular “Heroes of the Storm” program every day at 3:00 p.m. at the Maritime Museum in Glen Haven. Park Rangers recruit the assistance of young audience members to serve as U.S. Life Saving Service surfmen to recreate a shipwreck rescue on land.  They haul lines and use replicas of historic equipment in an effort to save Raggedy Ann and Andy from their sinking vessel.

There will also be late morning and afternoon hikes with Park Rangers to see first-hand the Sleeping Bear Dunes natural and historic features.  These hikes provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy the park while learning about its resources from a knowledgeable guide.

Article ManagerPark Ranger-guided bicycle tours will also continue this year.  Enjoy riding the backroads south of Empire while learning about the invasive species that impact this special landscape.  Starting on June 21, the first ever Park Ranger-led bike programs begin on the new Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb.

Programs will not take place on August 10-11 because all staff will be at the Port Oneida Fair; a celebration of rural life, skills and crafts.  Mark your calendars to attend the Fair, the park’s largest special event of the summer!

To attend these programs and events, meet at the location indicated in the program description. Make sure you have purchased your summer Park Entrance Pass and have prominently displayed it in your vehicle! Make group reservations or ask questions by calling 231.326.5135 and visiting nps.gov/slbe. Program information is  available on the National Lakeshore’s Facebook page at facebook.com/sbdnl and Twitter feed at twitter.com/#!/ SleepingBearNPS.

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