Events

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Ambassador – Spring Training Meeting

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: at the DH Day Log Cabin in DH Day Campground. Please park at Glen Haven and ride your bike or walk the trail to the log cabin. Parking is limited in the campground.

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.

Boardwalk on Westman Rd.

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. 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. 

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.

If you would like to become a Trail Ambassador, but are unable to attend the meeting, fill out our Volunteer Registration Form and mark Heritage Trail Ambassador. One of our Volunteer Coordinators will contact you for training.

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Adopt-A-Beach & Adopt-A-Trail & BARK Ranger Spring Training Meeting

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: at the DH Day Log Cabin in DH Day Campground. Please park at Glen Haven and ride your bike or walk the trail to the log cabin. Parking is limited in the campground.

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be hosting a training meeting for Adopt-A-Beach and Adopt-A-Trail volunteers. This training session is for NEW VOLUNTEERS.

Adopt-A-Beach Volunteer at Bookeloo Beach

Adopt-A-Beach volunteers walk our beautiful Lake Michigan beaches, collect litter and trash, and report what they find. This information is provided to the Alliance for the Great Lakes to be included in their database. Volunteers also report any safety issues to Park Maintenance. Our volunteers also assist Park visitors by answering questions while on their beach patrol.

Adopt-A-Trail volunteers hike their designated trail, remove small obstacles like down branches. They report any down trees or significant erosion issues to Park management.  One of the things trail volunteers enjoy most is interacting with other hikers, answering questions about the Park and the surrounding area.

Adopt-A-Trail Volunteers

If you would like to become a volunteer, but are unable to attend the meeting, fill out our Volunteer Registration Form and mark Heritage Trail Ambassador. One of our Volunteer Coordinators will contact you for training.

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National Trails Day – Kettles Trail Project

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019

Time:  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Place: Kettles Trailhead. From the visitor center go E. on M72, turn left on Fritz Rd, turn left on Baatz rd, trail-head is on the right.  

We have been building a new hiking trail in this undeveloped part of the Park since 2018, and we expect to finish this year. We will be working on trail tread and erosion control as well as removing small brush. You may bring your own tools, but the Park staff will provide hand tools. Bring a water bottle and a snack. Wear long pants, gloves, hiking shoes, etc. Dress for the weather and use sunscreen. 

It’s not often that a National Park builds a new hiking trail. You will be part of the team that creates this trail, which will be here for hikers and school groups to enjoy for many years to come!


Crystal River Clean-up

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Crystal River Outfitters in Glen Arbor
6249 River Rd, Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes is sponsoring a River Clean-up for the Crystal River. Bring your kayak or canoe, paddles, and Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) – or use equipment provided by Crystal River Outfitters. There will be a sign-up table and a couple of short presentations by NPS Rangers, a Forestry Specialist, and a pair of River Clean-up specialists (Gerald and Sue Wilgus).

If you enjoy this activity, we would encourage you to join our Adopt-A-River program where you can paddle the Crystal or Platte Rivers and help us keep the rivers clean and safe all summer long!

 


Lower Platte River Clean-up

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Canoe Parking Lot at the corner of M-22 and Lake Michigan Rd

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes is sponsoring a River Clean-up for the Lower Platte River. Bring your kayak or canoe, paddles, and Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) – or use equipment provided by the Riverside canoe livery. There will be a sign-up table and a couple of short presentations by NPS Rangers, a Forestry Specialist, and a pair of River Clean-up specialists (Gerald and Sue Wilgus).

If you enjoy this activity, we would encourage you to join our Adopt-A-River program where you can paddle the Crystal or Platte Rivers and help us keep the rivers clean and safe all summer long!

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