There are many ways for you to put your skills and resources to work at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It all depends on what you enjoy. There are volunteer events that may last only a few hours, and there are long-term projects that may require several months to complete but gives you the flexibility to fit it into your schedule.
If you are interested in registering as a volunteer for the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes, fill out our Volunteer Registration form and we will contact you to discuss possible volunteer opportunities that will match your interests and schedule. All of our volunteers are registered volunteers with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The 2017 Volunteer Handbook is a resource for all volunteers.
If you are visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore while on vacation and want to spend some of your vacation time as a volunteer doing a service project for the park, send us an e-mail to arrange a time, place, and project.
Friends Volunteers – Click Here to enter volunteer hours and data.
The Friends maintain the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. There are two levels of volunteer opportunities with the SBHT: Trail Crew (heavy maintenance) and Trail Ambassador (light maintenance, report heavy maintenance issues, and assist Trail users by answering questions and providing information). If you want to help with the trail, contact the Trail Ambassador Coordinator.
The Friends also maintain all of the 13 rustic hiking trails on the mainland. Trails range in length from 1.5 to over 6 miles. The longer trails are divided into over 20 shorter loops, so there is a choice of distance to fit your time and physical ability. Similar to the Ambassadors, the rustic trail crew does light maintenance, reports heavy maintenance issues and greets and assists trail users with information and questions. If you want to help on the rustic trails, contact the Adopt-A-Trail Manager. To see more about the program, see the Adopt-A-Trail Information Page.
The Friends also coordinate the Adopt-A-Beach, and Adopt-A-River programs. It’s easy, fun, and you can make a difference in the environment and visitor experience at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by joining one of these programs. Click for a list of the Volunteer Opportunities.
Join Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and receive our Newsletter and frequent updates on projects and events. Meet other people who, like yourself, want to make a positive difference in preserving the natural beauty and cultural history of the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. Even if you don’t join as an official member, you can receive our e-mail updates.