Table Event October 10th

Friends Information Tent & Book Sale

Join us at Cherry Republic on Sunday, October 10th for an Information Table where we will also have Picture Perfect Sleeping Bear on site for sale. 

Picture-Perfect Sleeping Bear is that special holiday gift that brings back memories of times spent in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. Through a delightful collection of photographs and short stories, Picture- Perfect Sleeping Bear showcases the beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes country, which has enchanted people for centuries. Hundreds of pictures and personal memories submitted by visitors and residents of the area tell the story. It shows the area as it was when settlers came here to lumber and farm. And, it explores how Sleeping Bear Dunes has been preserved, protected, and enjoyed since the National Lakeshore was established 50 years ago.

The event will be held at Cherry Republic, Glen Arbor. 
Where: 5109, S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
When: October 10, 2021
From Noon – 2 PM

The book can be purchased for $29.95 (plus tax) at the event. Unable to attend? Purchase at local bookstores or directly from For more information, email

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. Net proceeds from the book project will be used for park projects.

Bike the Heritage Trail

For several years, Jerry Pearson has led informal hikes and bikes on the Heritage Trail. There is no charge, and it’s a nice way to socialize and enjoy the trail with others. Jerry Pearson invites you to the fourth annual “Bike the Heritage” on Saturday, September 25th.

  • Gather at Good Harbor Bay at the end of Bohemian Road at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Go at your own pace, as far as you like.
  • Conclude the 24-mile ride (for the hardy) at Empire Beach.
  • Celebrate and socialize with lunch at Shipwreck Cafe. 

Great way to gather, socialize and enjoy the Heritage trail. All are welcome to join the entire ride or any portion!

We hope to see you there.

Picture Perfect Sleeping Bear Book Event September 5th

The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes will be selling Picture-Perfect Sleeping Bear, Sunday, September 5th, from 12-2 pm at Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor at a pop-up tent set up between the winery and retail store. This colorful, engaging book makes a great holiday gift.
With 128 pages of full-color photos with short historical and memorable stories submitted by locals and visitors to our area.
Event: Life of the Sleeping Bear Pop-up Sale. 
When: Sunday, September 5th
Time: from 12-2 pm
Where: The Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor
6026 A, 5109, S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI

PSAR Training Event

Join the Preventative Search and Rescue Volunteers and Park Staff to learn about new park initiatives. 

The Park (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore) will be holding an event in Glen Haven near the Cannery this coming Saturday, July 31 from 11-2 pm. 
The Park service will be showcasing their emergency equipment, including a UTV (all-terrain vehicle used for rescues), Coyote inflatable boat, and the newest addition, EMILY. 

EMILY (pictured) is a water-borne drone that is used to provide emergency floatation for someone who has either floated too far from shore or has been taken out by a riptide. There will be demonstrations of EMILY and some guests may be able to actually operate it. The purpose of this training is for the Glen Lake Fire Department, NPS, and PSAR to be able to train with this new asset.

The NPS Mobile Visitor Center will also be there to talk about the Great Lakes ecosystem and will have a  display of a water safety video.
Since the PSAR program was started in 2016, the number of actual Search and Rescue has dropped from 31 to only 9 last year.  The number of safety and medical-related calls has dropped from 56 to 9 last year.  These drop-in calls for service have saved area first responders hundreds of hours.  A fact not measured in these statistics is that tens of thousands of people have had a safer and more memorable experience at Sleeping Bear.  
To learn more about the Preventative Search and Rescue program and apply to volunteer, visit our PSAR program page


A link is to an article published last fall on the success of the PSAR program can be found on the Leelanau Ticker:

Book Signing Event August 8th

Join us and meet other Picture-Perfect writers and photographers at the Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor, August 8th, from 12-2 pm. 

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

2021 Annual Meeting

This Year’s Annual Meeting will now be VIRTUAL 

We enjoyed seeing many familiar faces (virtually) during our Annual Meeting which took place on Sunday, August 29th Below are the synopsis of the Chairman’s statement and introductions, program summaries, financial summary, Park information, the election of new members to Board of Directors, and Friends business. 

Annual Meeting 2021 Project Review

Friends’ membership is comprised of people who have donated their time or money to the Friends this year or last.

Board Member Candidate Profiles: 

Lynn Aleksov

Kerry Kelly 

Steve Horne 

Laura Ann Johnson 

Laurie Pope

Friends Participate in Panel on Power of Parks for Health Roundtable

Friends Laurie Pope, Co-chair of the Accessibility Committee, and Jeanne Esch, Trach Chair Program Volunteer will be participating in a National Park Service Roundtable with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) on Thursday, July 22 6:30-8:00 pm EDT.

The panel will discuss present and historical barriers to outdoor access and examine an accessibility project from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, to highlight strategies and opportunities to improve access to all types of parks and public lands for the Disability community.

Register for the event here:

July 4th on the Lakeshore

Catch us at the 4th of July Parade in Glen Arbor. 

The National Lakeshore and the Friends will be walking in the Glen Arbor 4th of July parade. 
The Friends will be walking and carrying our banner, wearing your orange vests and possibly some new 50th Anniversary Logo Wear. We will also be driving the Trackchair along the way. We will have some small goodies we are giving away too.

If you’d like to participate please send an email for the details.


Fourth of July 

Enjoying the 4th of July in Northern Michigan is a tradition for many.  Please keep in mind fireworks, firecrackers or any other pyrotechnic items are not allowed in Sleeping Bear Dunes.  Law Enforcement rangers can write tickets for setting off fireworks. Fireworks can spark wildfires, disrupt other visitors and wildlife and they leave trash behind plus the loud noises disrupt the wildlife. 


Picture Perfect Sleeping Bear Book Release Party

The Book YOU helped Create is here! Picture-Perfect Sleeping Bear contains a delightful collection of photographs and stories submitted by locals and visitors to the Sleeping Bear Dunes Area.

Pre-order Picture-Perfect Sleeping Bear today and you can select the option to pick up your pre-paid copy at the book signing party at Cherry Republic, Glen Arbor, July 11th, 2-4 pm.

Look for the Friends of Sleeping Bear tent outside between the retail store and winery. Order books online for a speedy pick-up at the event. It’s a great opportunity to have many photo and story contributors sign your books! Books can also be purchased on the day of the event.

You’ll have a chance to chat with some of the writers and photographers whose stories and photos are published in the book. To find out more, go to

Pre-ordering is now available. Learn more on the Book Page!

Adopt-A-River clean-up events 2021

We’ve scheduled our first Adopt-a-River cleanups this year for the Crystal River and Lower Platte rivers in June.
We’ll start with a very brief welcome/orientation followed by the cleanup at the kayak launch site and then the river. We’ll have “grabbers” and volunteer vests for your use and kayaks will be provided.

Please bring a mask, which is required for transportation to the launch site/from the endpoint. It is also recommended that you have coverings for your feet, as you never know what’s under the water should you tip over.
A light lunch will be provided following the cleanup

If you would like to participate, send an email to 
Crystal River 
Date: Thursday, June 10th 
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Location: Meet at Crystal River Outfitters, 6249 River Rd in Glen Arbor.
Lower Platte 
Date: Thursday, July 15th 
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Location: Meet at the Park Launch Site at the corner of Lake Michigan Rd. and M-22. 
The event will end at Lake Township Park.
The Riverside Canoe Livery and National Park will help with transport needs.

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