From the Chairman’s Message in the 2021 Annual Newsletter: During this pandemic year, people sought escape from their stress and isolation by getting out in nature, setting visitation records at Sleeping Bear. This made the work of the Friends especially important. With over 700 members including 250 active volunteers, we partner with the National Lakeshore to help ensure that visitor experiences are good ones and to protect this special place.

In very simple terms, we do two things – recruit volunteers and raise money. Volunteers extend the capability of the park staff. Money helps pay for tools, materials, and services. Without your support in these two ways, we could accomplish nothing. With your support, we can accomplish a great deal. Fortunately, FY 2021 was a strong year for the Friends – many dedicated volunteers, highest-ever revenues, and a record of excellent service to the Lakeshore.

As an all-volunteer organization, we are able to keep costs low, so we can put more money into things that directly improve the Lakeshore and the enjoyment of visitors. 

In FY2021…

728 current members

$74,730 donated by individual members

256 individuals volunteered 12,014  hours

25,000 PSAR visitor contacts

55 track chair users hosted

Over 280 participants in Yoga-on-the-Beach

1,199 pounds of trash picked up from beaches

13 beaches patrolled

29 hiking  trail sections (about 85 miles) monitored

20 miles of Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail maintained

1,000 acres mowed

Read the full Annual Newsletter


The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is Protecting resources and heightening visitor experiences in partnership with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Consider donating to the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes to support Park Priority Projects and foster the development of new trails and areas to enjoy within the Lakeshore.