Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes is paying for bus transportation costs for school groups to attend Ranger-led snowshoe hikes in the forests of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Students are learning about snowshoes and search for animal tracks in the fresh snow as they explore the winter wonderland of our Park! The Friends received a grant of $4,500 from the National Park Foundation – and with your help, has raised an additional $1,000 through a fundraising challenge sponsored by the Outdoor Industry Associaiton to pay for the transportation costs of over 1,000 students from 19 different school groups.
Pre- and Post-visit activities have been developed to help build background knowledge and create excitement for the hike, extend learning, and give students the opportunity to be creative and connect learning to the real world. The lesson during the hike will allow students to explore concepts in winter ecology and snow science in a hands-on, experimental format.
The programs began at the end of January and run through early March.