Events

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Ambassador – Spring Training Meeting

Event Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the DH Day Log Cabin in the DH Day Campground

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be hosting a Spring Training meeting for Trail Ambassador volunteers on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Where: DH Day Log Cabin in DH Day Campground.
Please park at Glen Haven and ride your bike or walk the trail to the cabin.

If you are looking for a way to help keep the trail beautiful and meet a lot of nice people, while enjoying a relaxing walk or bike ride, you’ll want to learn more about the Trail Ambassador program. Many of our volunteers are families or groups of friends who enjoy biking or walking the trail together. It’s simple, easy, and fun.

Orientation and training will begin at 1:00 PM. Our Trail Ambassadors ride or walk the trail, so they can be available to assist trail users and answer questions. Ambassadors are also our eyes and ears on the trail. They report any trail problems to our Trail Crew.

Come and learn about the new section of trail built last year and plans for building the next section to CR-651. We will also provide more information about programs on the trail like our “Catch ’em doing something RIGHT” program. We will talk about safety issues and trail rules. Meet the new Superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes!

Now that the trail is getting longer, we can use even more Ambassadors, so encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to come to this meeting and join up! Trail Ambassadors receive an annual pass to the National Lakeshore.

Trail Ambassador volunteers commit to being on the trail at least twice each month during the spring, summer, and fall, but most of our volunteers are on the trail several times a week. Ambassadors are a resource for our visitors by being available to answer questions and give directions. They also report problems with the trail like erosion or down trees to the Trail Crew, a group of Trail Ambassadors who do maintenance work on the trail and groom it for skiing in the winter. Visitors have told us that they like having our Trail Ambassadors on the trail. It adds a sense of safety and friendliness that other trails don’t have. Click here to learn more about the role of the Trail Ambassador.

If you would like to become a Trail Ambassador, but are unable to attend the meeting, contact Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes, at info@friendsofsleepingbear.org or call 231-631-4244.

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Adopt-A-Beach, Adopt-A-River, and Adopt-A-Trail Spring Training Meeting

Event Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the DH Day Log Cabin along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Park in Glen Haven and walk the trail to the cabin.

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will be hosting a training meeting for Adopt-A-Beach, Adopt-A-River, and Adopt-A-Trail volunteers. If you have been volunteering for years or you’d like to give it a try, please plan to attend this meeting.

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Where: DH Day Campground Log Cabin (along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail). You can park at the back of the campground or in Glen Haven and walk or ride your bike to the Log Cabin.

Adopt-A-Beach

Adopt-A-Beach Volunteer at Bookeloo Beach

Want to walk a beautiful, pristine Lake Michigan beach at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore AND help us keep those beaches safe and clean? Adopt-A-Beach and we will provide tools and training. We report the litter we pick up to the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Our volunteers picked up and reported over a ton of litter in 2016!

Adopt-A- River

Get out the kayak or canoe and paddle the Lower Platte River or Crystal River. Visit with other paddlers, pick up litter, and report any hazardous conditions. You can do this on your own schedule. We need more volunteers on Park rivers to make sure we have a safe, clean, and fun environment for our visitors to enjoy!

Adopt-A-Trail

If you are looking for a way to help keep our rustic hiking trails safe and beautiful while enjoying a relaxing walk, we need you! Many of our volunteers are families or groups of friends who enjoy walking trails together. It’s simple, easy, and fun.

Adopt-A-Trail Volunteers

The Adopt-A-Trail program has been in operation for 20 years at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Over a hundred miles of trails are patrolled each year by volunteers. In 2016 alone, volunteers logged over 1,500 hours on patrols, fixed countless minor maintenance situations themselves, and reported dozens more major maintenance issues to the Park. A simple reporting system on our web site allows our volunteer crew to keep track of their hours and report any large maintenance issues – like down trees or erosion problems – directly to Park staff. Click Here for more information about our Adopt-A-Trail program.

If you would like to volunteer, but are unable to attend one of the training meetings, or if you need more information about the programs, contact Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes by e-mail: info@friendsofsleepingbear.org.

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Musical Program – The Good Old Boys & Beach Bards

Event Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Location: Platte River Campground Amphitheater

Cost: The program is FREE. Donations will be accepted. A Park Pass is required.


Musical Program – Jeff Brown

Event Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Location: Platte River Campground Amphitheater

Cost: The program is FREE. Donations will be accepted. A Park Pass is required.

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