Walk in the Park

Join us on the trails for one or more of our 8 weeks of walking – where history and nature merge! Walk for your well-being, enjoying this beautiful park with others while learning about our heritage and the natural resources in the area you will be walking. Walks are on the paved or small crushed stone Heritage Trail, beautiful natural trails, and a few country backroads in Port Oneida. Bring walking shoes and water bottles. Everyone is welcome, so bring a friend, or meet a neighbor!

HERITAGE WALKERS – Historic Sleeping Bear has partnered with local walking guru Pete Edwards of SKIWALKING.COM and the American Nordic Walking System to bring his knowledge and enthusiasm of walking and the natural areas. He will loan Nordic ski walking poles to anyone who wants to try them and enjoy the benefits! Bonus: Get fit for the Port Oneida Run/Walk, August 3rd. Each time you walk, your name will be entered into a drawing on August 1st to get a free registration for the run/walk.

WALK IN THE PARK – Friends of Sleeping Bear have partnered with a state-wide program called Walk Michigan focused on increasing physical activity to help obtain healthy weights, reduce chronic medical conditions as well as improve mental health and reduce stress. Bonus: Pedometers will be provided.

This program is part of a state-wide program called Walk Michigan. Parks and trails play a key role in increasing physical activity, which helps prevent obesity and reduce the incidence of chronic medical conditions. It has also been shown to improve mental health and reduce stress.

Program Dates: July 9 through August 29, 2019. The program lasts 8 weeks with volunteer-led walks are offered on 2 days per week but participants can do individual walks on their own schedule. 

Volunteer-led Walks: These walks are about 60 minutes long and each week the walk will be conducted in a different part of the Park. Walks are 10 AM on Tuesday and Thursday.

Equipment or Materials Needed: We provide a small pedometer and a Participant Workbook and record sheet. No other special equipment is needed. 

Participant Duties: We ask participants to keep track of the time and number of steps they walk each day of the program. 

Participant Rewards: Better health, making new friends, learning about Sleeping Bear Dunes, and participants who complete the program are entered into a drawing for a set of trekking poles.


Week 1
Tuesday, July 9 = SBHT Glen Haven North – meet at Glen Haven General Store
Thursday, July 11 = Port Oneida East – Meet at Olsen Farm/Port Oneida Heritage Center

Week 2
Tuesday, July 16 = SBHT Glen Haven South – meet at Glen Haven General Store
Thursday, July 18 = Treat Farm – meet at park gate at Stormer Road

Week 3
Tuesday, July 23 = SBHT Pierce Stocking Drive South – meet at the lower parking lot at the Scenic Drive
Thursday, July 25 = Port Oneida West – meet at Port Oneida Heritage Center

Week 4
Tuesday, July 30 = SBHT Voice Road and Bar Lake Road North
Thursday, August 1 = Basch Road East – meet at M-22 and Basch Road

Week 5
Tuesday, August 6 = SBHT Dune Climb South – Meet at the Dune Climb – north end of parking lot
Thursday, August 8 = Bay View Trail Farm Loop – meet at Port Oneida Heritage Center

Week 6
Tuesday, August 13 = SBHT Dune Climb North – Meet at the Dune Climb north end of parking lot
Thursday, August 15 = Good Harbor Bay Loop – Meet at the Good Harbor Trailhead off of Bohemian Road.

Week 7
Tuesday, August 20 = SBHT Pierce Stocking Drive North – Meet at the lower parking lot of the Scenic Drive
Thursday August 22 = Otter Creek Loop – Meet at the Otter Creek trailhead at the end of Esch Road

Week 8
Tuesday, August 27 = SBHT Glen Arbor – Meet at Forest Haven Road where the trail comes into Glen Arbor
Thursday, August 29 = SBHT Voice Road South – Meet at the Trailhead on Voice Road and Bar Lake Road

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