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

50th Bear Logo Sale Summer

We are so excited to announce another sale of merchandise with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 50th Anniversary Logo. This round of items were chosen for summer activities on the lake as well as items that you will love to show your appreciation for the Lakeshore.

Go to our Logo Merchandise Product page to learn about all the items available this time around and find the link to our sales site. 

unisex fit zip up hoodie in military green with Sleeping Bear Dunes 50th Bear Logo on the back. Blue zip hoodie showing Friends Logo on the Front.
Sport Tech Tees with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 50th Bear Logo. Long Sleeve tee on a man, short sleeve tee on a woman.

2021 Volunteer Training

The Annual Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes training happened on June 5th, 2 pm.  

The training includes a general orientation that is applicable for all volunteers, both experienced and new. This training is a once-a-year chance for volunteers to hear the latest park news from park staff. It will include updates from the park superintendent, park rangers, and the park volunteer coordinator. COVID protocols in the park will be an important part of this general training. 

The Training Session is now available on Youtube

Feel free to email any further questions to the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Training Team

So Many Ways to Celebrate 50

We are Celebrating the Park’s 50 Years this week! 

Celebrate 50 with us – the Park and the Friends! Here are a few ideas for you:

  1. Pierce Stocking Drive at home
    Did you know that the Life of the Sleeping Bear Book was created from the wonderful educational signs created for all the points on the Pierce Stocking Drive? Order your copy of the Life of the Sleeping Bear today! 
  2. Learning at Home
    Learning from home or looking for supplemental activities while your family stays at home this winter, with Exploring the Sleeping Bear, your whole family can learn more about the history of the National Lakeshore and what shaped the area we love. 
    Order the booklet today!
  3. Virtual Visit
    Did you know there are many ways to visit the park, virtually? Through our iMap, the Sleeping Bear NL Youtube Channel, or the National Park Service Learning site. Learn more about how you can visit virtually here!
  4. Get your Limited Edition Merchandise
    We are excited to bring the Parks 50th Anniversary Logo to Limited Edition Merchandise! Now you can proudly showcase your favorite place on earth and support Park projects with your purchase. View our Bear Logo Merchandise Store.
  5. Celebrate with the Park!
    The Park is beyond excited to celebrate this momentous Birthday and have created many ways you can join in on the fun – in the park or at home. Learn how you can join in with 50th Anniversary Celebration Activities on the Park’s Website.  


Merchandise Sale Announcement

We are excited to announce the sale of the 50th Anniversary Bear Logo Merchandise!

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has granted the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes the use of the park’s 50th Anniversary logo for fundraising efforts.

We are beginning the sale of 50th Anniversary Bear Logo merchandise with a limited edition run of items for everyone in the family. Featuring a hoodie, crew neck sweater, and long sleeves for the colder months, as well as classic tee shirts with female-specific sizes, kids, toddlers, and even a onesie!
All profits will be used to support projects in the National Lakeshore.
Feel free to email questions to logo@friendsofsleepingbear.org


Exploring Sleeping Bear

Announcing a new release to accompany the Life of the Sleeping Bear Book, the Friends have created Exploring Sleeping Bear: An Educational Guide for Use with The Life of the Sleeping Bear. 

This NEW 24 page booklet includes grade level suggestions, educational standards, recommended websites and hands-on activities to help guide exploration through 11 themed units including Glaciers and the Lakes, The First People, Dark Skies, Boats of the Manitou Passage, and Black Bears. If you are looking for ways to jump start a successful year of learning with educational activities that are fun for the whole family that you can implement from your own home and neighborhood  – get your copy of the Life of the Sleeping Bear and Booklet.

Purchase the book and booklet together on the Life of the Sleeping Bear website for $33.90, plus shipping and handling. 



2020 Donations to the Friends


Many individuals 70 1/2 years old or older may donate up to $100,000 each year to charitable organizations directly from their IRA, without that donation being counted as taxable income when it is withdrawn, whether or not they itemize their tax deductions.

In March, lawmakers approved the CARES Act, which allows some Americans to deduct up to $300 in charitable donations from their taxable income when they file their 2020 tax returns in 2021, whether or not they itemize their tax deductions.

If you wish to claim your donation to the Friends as a tax deduction, you should consult your tax, legal, and/or accounting advisors beforehand.



2020 Annual Meeting

We hope to see you DIGITAL for this year’s Annual Meeting on August 26 at 7:00 PM.

This year the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Annual Meeting will convene on Wednesday, August 26 at 7 PM. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, one can access the meeting via the web, call-in, or Zoom app. The meeting will be recorded for those not able to attend online.

Email Secretary@FriendsofSleepingBear.org for a link to the video file.

All members of the Friends are encouraged to participate live online
Membership: Anyone who has donated time or money to the Friends in our current or previous fiscal year (Oct-Sept) is a member.


Cherrish Michigan

Cherry Republic has launched its Cherrish Michigan Campaign in which $1 from the purchase of select products will go back to an environmental-focused non-profit in the area. 

The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes has been chosen as one of the organizations the Cherrish Michigan Campaign will support! 
This means that for every sale of their CONFISCATED FRUIT MIX, $1 will come back to the Friends. 

Learn more about the program on the Cherry Republic blog.

Trails Reopen

Beginning Friday, May 22, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will begin to increase recreational access to the park and reopen access to: 

  • Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail;
  • all park hiking trails and trailheads;
  • picnic areas;
  • parking areas;
  • boat launches;
  • Dune Climb; and
  • vault toilets.

Click the links to learn more about the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT) or visit our Trail Page to learn about all of the trails in the park or view our Hiking Trail Brochure.

The Friends have been hard at work this week in partnership with the park to get trails ready for visitors to return! 

Trail Etiquette:

  • Stay to the RIGHT, alert others when passing on their left.
  • Please give six-feet of social distance to other groups on the trail.
  • No gathering of groups larger than 10 persons or with those outside of your household.
  • DO NOT block the trail when stopped – move to the side.
  • Cyclists ride single file when other users are present.
  • Please wear a helmet for your safety.
  • Dispose of all trash and animal waste in trash receptacles.
  • Stay on the trail, respect plants and wildlife.
  • Respect Private Property – Stay on the Trail.

One of the many Friends programs creates booklets supplied to the Visitor Center for a donation. These booklets can also be downloaded from our site on our Booklets page. We encourage you to donate to our organization to continue to provide valuable maintenance and programs to the park this year. 

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