What a summer! We are very grateful to all who have visited the lakeshore thus far. Our track chair program has been up and running full speed, volunteers have been riding the trails and running the blacksmith shop, and visitors have felt things returning back to the new “normal.”  The following newsletter contains important information about another book signing event, our annual meeting “Save the Date” and a wonderful story from a Track Chair Hike.  We hope you enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Next Photo Book Signing August 8th

A big thank you to those who attended the book launch event at Cherry Republic on July 11th including Kim Koehler, photographer of the cover photo for Picture-Perfect Sleeping Bear, with the 4 young ladies featured on the cover.  If you missed the opportunity to purchase the crowd-sourced book and have these stars sign your copy of the book, you can meet them along with other Picture-Perfect writers and photographers at the following 

    • Glen Arbor Market on August 3, 9-1,
    • Cottage Book Shop on August 8, 12-2,   
    • Suttons Bay Market on August 14, 9-1

Picture-Perfect Sleeping Bear is a collection of stories and photos showcasing the history and memories of time spent in the Sleeping Bear area.  The book was created by Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. It can also be purchased directly at www.sleepingbearbooks.org.

Did you get your photo highlighted in the book? We would love to see where your photo is – tag us on Social Media (Facebook @FriendsoftheDunes or Instagram @friendofslbe) and use #friendofsleepingbear to be featured.
Or email your photos with names and any extra info to comms@friendsofsleepingbear.org

Save the Date for the Friends Annual Meeting.

Join us on Sunday, August 29th to hear the Chairman’s statement and introductions, program summaries, financial summary, Park information, the election of new members to Board of Directors, and Friends business.
The new book, Picture-Perfect Sleeping Bear will be offered for sale, and park anniversary logo items will be displayed.

Date: Sunday, August 29, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm till approximately 4:00
Location: Empire Township Hall in Empire
(10088 West Front Street, Empire, MI)
Food: Ice cream donated by Cherry Republic  


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been called “The most beautiful place in America” and it needs your help. Our 700+ member organization helps ensure that the more than a million and a half people who visit the dunes each year have a great experience, while helping to protect this precious resource. We are looking for a person with information technology skills.  This person would be responsible for identification and implementation of appropriate software and/or hardware solutions for various organizational needs. Responsible for software/ hardware installation and development of maintenance plans. They would ensure access of documents to appropriate staff and conduct training as needed.

For more information about the needs for this position, review the job description here: IT Systems Manager. 
Interested in more details about this job, please email sec2@friendsofsleepingbear.org

This is a volunteer position as are all positions within the Friends.
Experience in or proficiency with MS Office, Google Drive, and G-Suite. 

A Huge THANKS to everyone who participated in our river clean-ups this summer. We appreciate your efforts, which are so important to the National Park and Friends of Sleeping Bear. In July Volunteers attended to the Platte, and in June, we had a group help on the Crystal River.

If you are interested in learning how you can join in the volunteering fun all-year-round check out: https://friendsofsleepingbear.org/volunteer/


We are so excited that the Friends are able to facilitate the Track Chair program again this year, and we love hearing from hike participants.

“My husband’s family has a cottage on little Glen and we planned to get together for the 4th of July. This would be my first time at the cottage as a wheelchair user, and when I found out [about your Track Chair Program] I was so excited!

Hiking is one of the things I miss since becoming a full-time wheelchair user.

The hike was a true hike – rough terrain, rocks, roots, and a wonderful view.

I didn’t feel ‘cheapened’ by my disability. I just felt like I went on an amazing hike. The track chair is so awesome that my able-bodied sister really wanted to drive it! “

– Cheryl

Learn more about our Track Chair Program at www.trackchair.org

The M22 Challenge is looking for volunteers to help with the race on September 18th.

Those interested in volunteering for the event can find more information by visiting www.m22challenge.com Please use the following link to sign up for this year’s event. https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MI/Empire/M22Challenge

​​Event Coordinator, Matt Myers Sr. will be available every Tuesday from 6-7 pm at the M22 Store Downtown Traverse City to or email to events@m22.com

Bear Logo Merch_FOSBD_SunsetThere is Still Time… Get 50th anniversary Bear Logo Merch This Summer. 

The sale will continue through the next couple of weeks, so if you have been waiting to get your hands on some hoodies, tees, and everyday goodies like the tote bag with the colorful bear logo (or get some more for others who love the Dunes) you better act fast. 

Help us celebrate the park’s 50th by adoring your Sleeping Bear Dunes merchandise. As a proud partner of the National Park Service; you are supporting the National Lakeshore through Friends supported Park Projects. 

Head to the sales site to learn more about this round of products. 

There are only a few more Yoga on the Beach classes at the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum left this summer.

Join us through Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 3rd at 10 am for this all-level, all-ages class with Amy from Yoga on the Beach NMI.

Learn more on the Yoga on the Beach Program Page of our website: https://friendsofsleepingbear.org/programs/yoga-on-the-beach/




The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to several pairs of nesting piping plovers. During this nesting, small birds will begin appearing until August. At this time, these endangered birds must be given extra protection. Visitors may notice certain areas will be cordoned off and dog leashing rules strictly observed.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918, helped the bird population recover from over-hunting, but they continued to see a decline as water recreation increased. In 1986 the Federal Endangered Species Act added the species to their list, with only thirty-two pairs tracked in the entire Great Lakes population in 1996.

Today there are seventy-five to eighty pairs in the Great Lakes region. As recently as 2017, there were 41 of them calling SLBE home. The photo to the left shows the Park’s great care and dedication to these chicks, including raising one from an abandoned nest and releasing it to the same location where it was found. Read the Park’s story on their social media and view an article all about plovers on our Blog.  

#puremichigantrails: NEW Video About Sleeping Bear Heritage trail

Did you know in 2019 the Sleeping Bear Heritage trail qualified as a Pure Michigan Trail? Pure Michigan recently released a short video highlighting the trail as well as featuring Tom Ulrich the Deputy Superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. 

You can watch the short video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1cdjhV52zU



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