Events

Adopt-A-Beach, BARK Ranger, Adopt-A-River, and Adopt-A-Trail Spring Training Meeting

Event Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the DH Day Log Cabin along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Park in Glen Haven and walk the trail to the cabin.

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be hosting a training meeting for Adopt-A-Beach, BARK Ranger, Adopt-A-River, and Adopt-A-Trail volunteers. If you have been volunteering for years or you’d like to give it a try, please plan to attend this meeting.

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Where: DH Day Campground Log Cabin (along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail). You can park at the back of the campground or in Glen Haven and walk or ride your bike to the Log Cabin.

Adopt-A-Beach

Adopt-A-Beach Volunteer at Bookeloo Beach

Want to walk a beautiful, pristine Lake Michigan beach at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore AND help us keep those beaches safe and clean? Adopt-A-Beach and we will provide tools and training. We report the litter we pick up to the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Our volunteers picked up and reported over a ton of litter in 2017! More information

BARK Ranger

BARK Rangers monitor a Lake Michigan beach, often with their dog to educate Park visitors with dogs about the importance of keeping their pet on a leash and taking the pet only in approved areas. One of the main objectives is to minimize the interaction of the endangered Piping Plover shore bird with dogs. The presence of dogs or people near Plover nesting sites has a negative impact on the ability of the birds to successfully nest, hatch, and fledge their babies.

Adopt-A- River

Get out the kayak or canoe and paddle the Lower Platte River or Crystal River. Visit with other paddlers, pick up litter, and report any hazardous conditions. You can do this on your own schedule. We need more volunteers on Park rivers to make sure we have a safe, clean, and fun environment for our visitors to enjoy! More information

Adopt-A-Trail

If you are looking for a way to help keep our rustic hiking trails safe and beautiful while enjoying a relaxing walk, we need you! Many of our volunteers are families or groups of friends who enjoy walking trails together. It’s simple, easy, and fun.

Adopt-A-Trail Volunteers

The Adopt-A-Trail program has been in operation for 20 years at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Over a hundred miles of trails are patrolled each year by volunteers. In 2017 alone, volunteers logged over 1,500 hours on patrols, fixed countless minor maintenance situations themselves, and reported dozens more major maintenance issues to the Park. A simple reporting system on our web site allows our volunteer crew to keep track of their hours and report any large maintenance issues – like down trees or erosion problems – directly to Park staff. Click Here for more information about our Adopt-A-Trail program.

If you would like to volunteer, but are unable to attend one of the training meetings, or if you need more information about the programs, contact Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes by e-mail: info@friendsofsleepingbear.org.

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Crystal River Clean-up

Event Date: Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Crystal River Outfitters in Glen Arbor

Crystal River Clean-up

Help us clean up the Crystal River to kick off the paddling season! Bring your canoe or kayak – or use one from Crystal River Outfitters. The park rangers will provide volunteer training and Forest Health Specialist, Nicole Schafer, will discuss tree diseases that we want volunteers to be on the look-out for during the paddle. The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Volunteer Coordinator will provide information about the Friends and other volunteer opportunities.  Gerald and Sue Wilgus of the Traverse Area Paddle Club and the Benzie Kayak Group will provide kayak and cleanup training and then the cleanup will begin. Questions? Contact us.

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Platte River Clean-up

Event Date: Wednesday, June 13 @ 10 AM at the Platte River Picnic Area on Lake Michigan Road under the Pavilion.

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes - On the RiverHelp us clean up the Lower Platte River to kick off the paddling season! Bring your canoe or kayak. The park rangers will provide volunteer training and Forest Health Specialist, Nicole Schafer, will discuss tree diseases that we want volunteers to be on the look-out for during the paddle. The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Volunteer Coordinator will provide information about the Friends and other volunteer opportunities. Lois Goldstein and John Heiam of the Traverse Area Paddle Club and will provide kayak and cleanup training and then the cleanup will begin. Questions? Contact us.

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Platte River Clean-up: Traverse Area Paddle Club

Event Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 9:30 AM at the Platte River Picnic Area Boat Launch on Lake Michigan Road and M-22.

The Traverse Area Paddle Club will be conducting a river clean-up event on the Platte River. Volunteers are invited to join. To register and for more information, click here.


Musical Program – The Good Old Boys & Beach Bards

Come listen to the story of the “Bear” told through songs and stories!

Event Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Location: Platte River Campground Amphitheater

Cost: The program is FREE. Donations will be accepted. A Park Pass is required.


Musical Program – Tom Colin

Experience traditional Americana, old time, and Civil War Era music performed on hammered dulcimer, button accordion, banjo, harmonica, and more. Tom has performed on NPR, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and at international folk festivals.

Event Date: Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Location: Platte River Campground Amphitheater

Cost: The program is FREE. Donations will be accepted. A Park Pass is required.


Dune Dash: 4-mile Run/Walk

Event Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the Dune Climb

Join us for the Seventh Annual Dune Dash 4-mile run/walk on Saturday, August 18th. The race course showcases the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Starting and finishing at the base of the Dune Climb, runners follows the paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail past rolling dunes and beautiful forests to the turn around point at historic Glen Haven. Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the most beautiful scenic runs in Michigan.

All proceeds from this event will go to the continued construction and maintenance of Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

Dune Dash Poster 2018

Click here for more details and to register.


Musical Program – Jeff Brown

Sing a long with Jeff as he plays favorites from the 60s and 70s.

Event Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Location: Platte River Campground Amphitheater

Cost: The program is FREE. Donations will be accepted. A Park Pass is required.

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