The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes has agreed with Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to “Adopt” a portion of M-109 from Glen Haven to a little south of the Dune Climb. This is a section of highway used by about 1.8 million people each year who visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

 While our visitors are usually very good about not littering, there is always some trash that finds its way to the roadside. As part of our mission to care for the resources within the Park, we will do our best to keep this road free of litter.


MDOT organizes volunteer groups like ours to clean the roadways 3 times each year – Spring, Summer, and Fall. Here are the dates for 2021:

May 2-9
July 17-25
September 25 – October 3

Peter Van Nort coordinates our Adopt-a-Highway Program.

Interested in participating on this year’s crew?

  1. Read the full Adopt-a-highway Volunteer Description.
  2. Please fill-out a Volunteer Registration Form to get started.
  3.  One of our Volunteer Coordinators will get in touch with you and help you select a river segment and help you through the process of getting signed up and obtain the materials you will need including an Annual Pass to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
  4. The Volunteer Coordinator will help you sign up as a Volunteer-in-Park (VIP) at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. If you are already a VIP, we will add this job to your existing VIP profile. 

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