Meet your Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Intern, Emma Lobodzinski!

From mid-May to mid-August, Emma Lobodzinski is working with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as an Education Intern. Hailing from Bay City, MI, Emma is completing her education at Saginaw Valley State University majoring in Geography and minoring in Criminal Justice. For the summer, she is leading school groups, educating at pop-up events and hosting Evening Programs within DH Day and/or Platte River Campgrounds in her role as Education Intern with the Park. Emma’s professional goal is to work as a Law Enforcement Ranger for the National Park Service. 

This opportunity has gifted her with many positive visitor interactions that she says she won’t soon forget. For a view of the Park that you can’t find anywhere else, Emma recommends exploring Pyramid Point, which is her favorite spot within the Lakeshore. 

The work that the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes does and the donations we receive help fund two intern positions with the Park each summer. These positions lead and organize the BARK Ranger program volunteers, which has been successful in helping protect Piping Plovers, and also lead in the area of Education and/or Integrated Pest Management within the campgrounds. The money the Friends raise pays for the intern’s stipend for twelve weeks and also for their housing while in the area. 

For more information on how you can donate to the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes to support and partner with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, visit our website here.

Article by Kristy Tompkins