Earth Day 2021

Earth day reminds us to pause and reflect on the important role our natural world plays in our lives.
What are some ways you can protect natural resources while visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes?

  • Carry a reusable water bottle.
  • Carry out your waste.
  •  Pick up litter when you come across it.
  •  Take only pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

Learn more about how you can Recreate responsibly on the Park’s Website.

And, we always encourage more Friends to join us when they can by donating their time by volunteering with community favorite programs like Adopt-a-Trail, Adopt-a-Beach, Adopt-a-River, and our Trail Ambassadors program, or donating funds to a specific project or the Park’s General Fund

Together we can protect the resources found within the Park. Let’s make earth day, every day!

Spring Merchandise Sale Feedback

The Friends are working on a Spring/Summer sale of 50th Anniversary Merchandise! 

During this sale, we are looking forward to offering more colors and styles of items. There are so many wonderful things to choose from – so we need your help to understand what our dedicated volunteers and friends would like to see. 

Thank You to all who have supported the sale in the fall helping to bring over $40,000 to Park programs. 

Sign-up to our monthly newsletter or follow our social media for the latest updates on the next sale!

Click the images below to see some examples.


Color Options for question 2: 

Merch Feedback
1. Did you purchase any 50th Anniversary Merchandise in the Fall from the Friends? *
2. Which colors would you prefer? *
3. Which items would you like to see with the 50th Logo? (Choose as many as you like)

2021 Volunteer Training

Bears are out, birds are returning, and it’s time for our annual Spring Training. Please save the date for the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Annual Spring training. Whether you are a new Friends volunteer or a returning veteran, there will be plenty of news including up-to-date COVID restrictions, Park news from Superintendent Scott Tucker, and information from other key Park staff including Rangers, Interpretation, and Natural Resources. This is also your chance to get questions answered by the Park experts. This year’s training will be conducted through Zoom again this year. Watch for more information in FOSBD Facebook posts, your email, and the FOSBD website. The general session will be recorded for those unable to attend on the 5th. We look forward to Zooming with you on June 5th.
Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Training Team
Annual Spring Training
When: June 5th,
2 pm General information; 3 pm short breakout session for specific volunteer groups
Where: Zoom (Link will be provided closer to the training date)

Kettles in Spring

“After reading the recent Mike Terrell article [in the Record Eagle] about Kettles, my wife and I visited for the first time today. We really enjoyed ourselves and want to express our appreciation to all those involved in creating the excellent trail system. The land has wonderful features and catching it today with all of the spring flowers was special. Having the foresight to preserve it and now make it available for use are remarkable accomplishments.” – David Murphy 







To hike the Kettles Trail, view the Trailhead Page as well as you can find out more about all of the back-country trails within the Lakeshore on our Trails Page.

To learn more about how the Kettles are formed, the Sleeping Bear Dunes NPS website has a wonderful overview of the geological impact on this area. 

This trail would have not been made possible without our volunteers. To learn more about the building of the Kettles Trail, visit our Kettles Program Page. We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help, sign up to volunteer today! 

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