There’s a park party and you are invited. The National Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary activities start with a kick-off celebration at the Dune Climb on Saturday, January 18th. Join park rangers and volunteers from the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Historic Sleeping Bear for a “Hibernation Celebration” full of fun winter activities. Build a snow sculpture, sled down the dunes (remember to BYOS (Bring Your Own Sled), try snowball target practice, borrow snowshoes to enjoy the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, sip hot chocolate by a fire, and MORE.

There will be a warming station with craft activities in the Dune Center. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Stop by anytime from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to join in the celebration.

The event is free with a park pass. You can purchase a commemorative anniversary park pass in the Visitor Center for $45 which is good for the entire year!

Location: Dune Climb; 6748 S Dune Hwy, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Date: Saturday, January 18 2020.
Time: Activities will start at 10:00 a.m. and go until to 4:00 p.m.
Expect to be outside for about two hours. 

Participants enjoying hot cocoa and roasting marshmallows in view of sledding the dune climb.

Friends gathered around an open fire at the Hibernation Celebration.