Several old orchards exist in historic areas of the park – especially in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. For several years, the National Park Service has conducted pruning workshops to teach members of the public how to care for old apple and pear trees like these. In 2011 some of the workshop attendees offered to “adopt” an orchard to keep the trees pruned and grass mowed to help keep these orchards alive, so we started the Adopt-An-Orchard program. We have just a few orchards adopted, and we are looking for more volunteers. If you would like to help us maintain one of these historic orchards, contact Kerry Kelly. You will have to attend at least one Pruning Workshop at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to obtain the required training.