Prior to 2017, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore conducted more than 60 search and rescue missions each year. Most of these occur at the Dune Climb and at the Lake Michigan Overlook stop on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. This project provides a trained volunteer to educate visitors about the safety issues they may face at these two popular spots in the park. Volunteers and Park staff will be available to give advice on appropriate planning, protective clothing, and more helpful information to park visitors.
In addition to volunteers, the Friends also creates, installs, and repairs critical safety and visitation signage through the Park. You fan support these efforts by donating to the Friends.
PSAR Volunteer Duties
Volunteers and Park staff will be stationed at the Dune Climb and Pierce Stocking Drive Lake Michigan Overlook during peak use times.
Since beginning this program in 2017, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has reduced 911 calls dramatically (8 calls in 2019 vs. 60 calls in 2017). Part of this reduction is due to this program in part due to increased public education and improved signage.
We are looking for outgoing volunteers who have a love and knowledge of the Park. There is a role for everybody. Please review the PSAR Job Description and contact either Jesse Lewit PSAR Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Kohl National Park Service-PSAR email@example.com
PSAR Volunteers, NPS Staff, and the Glen Lake Fire Department will be learning about a new tool – a robotic rescue system called Emily – learn more at https://www.emilyrobot.com/
To learn more about becoming a PSAR Volunteer:
Volunteers must report their time and observations every day in the PSAR Patrol Log.