During this difficult time as the US and world works to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Friends of Sleeping Bear want to do whatever we can to support the efforts advised by the CDC, state, and national government agencies.
As our mission is to “Protect resources and heighten visitor experiences in partnership with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.”, we want to ensure the safety of our members, supporters, and the community.
The Friends is an all-volunteer organization and we often accomplish administration tasks remotely. Meetings, training sessions, and other group gatherings are being suspended and we will move forward with online meetings and audioconferences so that essential business can continue.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is open and maintaining operations based on information from the CDC, state governments, and local health authorities. Check out the National Park Service website for the most up-to-date information on your national parks.
UPDATE: As of March 16, the Park’s Philip A. Hart Visitor Center has been closed to the public.
Follow these links below to download Sleeping Bear Dunes mobile app for both Apple and Android.
Our participation in National Lakeshore events will be determined by the guidance of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore management.
UPDATE: As of March 23, all non-essential Park staff will be working from home. For the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, this means that only Law Enforcement and select facilities staff. Please plan ahead and use extra caution as emergency services may be delayed and take away valuable resources from our local health system.
ALL bathrooms and campgrounds will also be closed to ensure the safety of Park guests, employees, and volunteers.
We understand that spending time outdoors is a great way to pass this time of uncertainty while keeping active and healthy. Therefore, we will continue to promote safe visitation to the park. If you plan to visit the lakeshore, be prepared to walk on trails that can still be icy and snow-covered in some areas. Be kind on the trails and pass each other using the recommended 6-foot social boundary.
Friends of Sleeping Bear Executive Committee