Events

Summer Volunteer Training

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Hosts Volunteer Training Sessions through Zoom.
Join the annual Friends volunteer training zoom session for registered Friends members. Presenters will include speakers from the Park Interpretive and Law Enforcement divisions as well as Chairpersons for different volunteer positions. Park staff will address questions about volunteering in the Park during COVID restrictions.
 
Adopt-A-Beach and Adopt-A-River Orientation: Thursday, June 4 at 2:00 pm.
 
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Ambassadors, Adopt-a-Trail, and Trail Crew Orientation, Thursday, June 4th at 4:00 pm.
 
Watch your email for a zoom invitation and instructions, coming soon!
 
Anyone who is not a current Friends member can join through the Friends website: https://friendsofsleepingbear.org
 
For more information, email Merry Peterson at mlpeterso46@gmail.com 
 
We are still seeking a few special Friends with specific talents and good organizational skills who want to join our team: Membership Record Manager and Fund Development Director positions are currently open. 
For more information, visit our previous post: https://friendsofsleepingbear.org/administrative-positions-open/


March Movies – POSTPONED

March, 16th, 2020: Due to federal recommendations to not hold any events with more than 10 people, the Spring Beak Escape – National Park Movie Festival will be postponed until further notice. 

In a continuation of the Sleeping Bear 50th Anniversary activities, the Park will be hosting a “Spring Break Escape ~ National Parks Film Festival” at the Park Visitor Center during March. These films will highlight other National Parks, come for the entire time or pop in when you can. Seating is limited to 100 people at a time due to the size of the theater in the Visitor Center.

Come enjoy some movies highlighting other great Nations Parks across the U.S., including well-known Grand Canyon, scorching Death Valley, sunny Gulf Island, remote Glacier Bay, and Sleeping Bear Dunes’ newest BFF, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, who is also celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The National Lakeshore has 14 fascinating park films to share and is planning at least one special event each month in 2020.
Some healthy snacks will be provided and Friends Volunteers will be on-site to answer questions about some of our programs. 

Time: 12:30 to 3:30
Location: the Phillip A. Heart Visitors Center, Empire MI
Dates:  Will update upon further notification. 


Get Out and Hike Day – POSTPONED

Get Out and Hike Day was previously scheduled for Saturday, April 25th. We are now working on adapting this event to be moved to another date to be announced as soon as the park and volunteers can continue normal activity. 

We would like to celebrate Earth Day by helping the park understand spring needs for clean-up and repairs on the beaches and trails around the Sleeping Bear Lakeshore.
There are 12 trails that need to be walked around the park as well as understanding any damage to beach access points because of the high water we have experienced this winter. 

This is an all-ages event and a great way to learn more about how the Friends partner with the National Park. We will need about 30 volunteers for the day and tasks can be accomplished in groups. 
No need to RSVP ahead of time, please come to the Park Visitor Center in Empire for location assignment between 8:30-10 am. 

Date: TBD 
Location: Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
Time: TBD
Participants should wear sturdy shoes and dress according to the weather forecasted.  Handouts, pens/pencils, and instructions on how to report damage will be provided.

For questions or more information, please feel free to contact our Adopt-a-Trail Coordinator: Tracy Barrilleaux, tebarrilleaux@gmail.com or at: 760-505-6743


Moonlit Snowshoe and Ski Event

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore continues its 50th anniversary activities with a snowshoe and/or cross-country ski on Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Join park rangers and volunteers from the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and experience the park after dark as you snowshoe or ski along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail under the full moon.
Bring your sense of adventure, enjoy a trail lit by luminaries, warm up by the fire, and engage with our knowledgeable rangers and volunteers. The event is free with a park pass.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own cross-country skis and/or snowshoes for the SBHT event. Snowshoes will be loaned on a first-come, first-served basis. Park rangers will provide information along the route. Luminaries and a full moon will light the trail, however, visitors are encouraged to bring a flashlight or headlamp and wear layers.

 

Date: Saturday, February 8th

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Meet at the Dune Climb Parking Lot

There is no advanced registration needed.
Feel free to explore the trail at your own pace, there will be Rangers and Friend’s Volunteers along the candle-lit path and an open fire back at the Dune Climb to warm you up after your adventures. 

https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/calendar.htm


Chili Dinner Fundraiser

Join us to Snowshoe in the park, then warm up with some Chili provided by Cherry Republic!

Saturday, January 25th at 2 pm, meet us at Cherry Republic Public House in Glen Arbor for a casual snowshoe stroll in the National Park lead by our very own, Kerry Kelly. As we celebrate 50 years of the park, this will be a great way to explore some of the winter wonders the area has to offer. 

After the snowshoe hike, warm up with a FREE chili dinner provided by Cherry Republic in their Glen Arbor Public House starting. 

 

Location: Cherry Republic Public House, 5109, S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Date: Saturday, January 25th
Time: Snowshoe hike will start around 2 pm from Cherry Republic
FREE Chilli Dinner from 2 PM- 5 PM 

Donations to the Friends are welcome and 10% of sales in the Public House during the event will be donated back to the Friends. 

If you do not have snowshoes of your own, some will be available to rent at Crystal River Outfitters in Glen Arbor.
$18 per person and includes snowshoes & poles.
You can reserve and pay online by visiting: https://fareharbor.com/crystalriveroutfitters 
(Click the Winter Equipment Rentals link) or Call (231) 334-4420 for more information. 

Pick up your equipment at Coastal 6324 W Western Ave Glen Arbor. 
Equipment must be returned by 5 pm. 
Walk-in rentals are also available too!


Hibernation Celebration

There’s a park party and you are invited. The National Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary activities start with a kick-off celebration at the Dune Climb on Saturday, January 18th. Join park rangers and volunteers from the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Historic Sleeping Bear for a “Hibernation Celebration” full of fun winter activities. Build a snow sculpture, sled down the dunes (remember to BYOS (Bring Your Own Sled), try snowball target practice, borrow snowshoes to enjoy the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, sip hot chocolate by a fire, and MORE.

There will be a warming station with craft activities in the Dune Center. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Stop by anytime from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to join in the celebration.

The event is free with a park pass. You can purchase a commemorative anniversary park pass in the Visitor Center for $45 which is good for the entire year!

Location: Dune Climb; 6748 S Dune Hwy, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Date: Saturday, January 18 2020.
Time: Activities will start at 10:00 a.m. and go until to 4:00 p.m.
Expect to be outside for about two hours. 

Participants enjoying hot cocoa and roasting marshmallows in view of sledding the dune climb.

Friends gathered around an open fire at the Hibernation Celebration.


Winter Snowshoe Hikes

The National Park will be holding weekly Ranger-led Snowshoe hikes in the park.

There will be two hikes each Saturday, one for beginners called the Snowshoe Saunter and one for more experienced snowshoe hikers called the Snowshoe Trek.

Reservations are required but snowshoes are not and will be loaned at no charge to participants. For more information and learn more about the events on the park’s website: https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/ranger-led-snowshoe-hikes.htm and to make a reservation for a hike, Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010.

 

Weekly Snowshoe Hikes

Date: Saturdays 

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire


Book Release Party Sunday December 8th at 3pm

Come Celebrate with us at our Book Release Party at Cherry Republic Glen Arbor! 

 


Come meet the historians, photographers, and writers who created The Life of the Sleeping Bear and the story that chronicles the journey of our Park and community.
This is a FREE Event with delicious treats, including cherry pie donated by Cherry Republic.

Enter a drawing for a Cherry Republic $30 gift card with each book purchased at the event! The drawing will take place at 3:30 after a short program.

Sunday from 3-5 pm, Cherry Republic will offer a 15% discount on any products shipped from the store if you include a book purchased during the Book Celebration event. Send cherry goodies and a copy of the book to those on your holiday shopping list. Flat-rate shipping is $9.95 per shipping location.

Event Information: 

Location: Cherry Republic Public House
Address: 6026 A, 5109, S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Time: 3-5 pm

To learn more about the book and pre-order a copy of your own, visit the book page here


Come visit us as the Traverse City Holiday Book Festival

The Life of the Sleeping Bear will be sold at the Traverse City Holiday Book Festival, and visit with Santa while you shop at the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes booth! This book will make a great holiday gift for anyone who enjoys spending time around the Sleeping Bear Dunes. 

 

Event: Traverse City Holiday Book Festival
Location: The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Date: Sunday, December 15 
Time: 12-4 pm

To learn more about the book, visit: https://friendsofsleepingbear.org/sleeping-bear-book/

 


Book on sale at Empire Artisan Market

Come take a look at our book, The Life of the Sleeping Bear, and support the Friends.

We will have the book available for sale at the Empire Artisan Marketplace for one day only!

Event: Empire Artisan Marketplace
Address: Empire Township Hall located at 10088 W. Front Street, Empire, MI 49630.
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 
Time: 10 am – 4 pm. 


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