Walk in the Park

Our Walk in the Park program is a FREE Volunteer-led walking program that encourages members of the community and Park visitors to get some moderate physical activity, learn more about the history and natural resources in the area you will be walking. Hikes will be led by Kerry Kelly or one of the other volunteers at Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Most of the hikes will be on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, which is a paved trail for easy walking.

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
Thursday, July 11 = SBHT Glen Haven South

Week 2
Tuesday, July 16 = SBHT Dune Climb North
Thursday, July 18 = SBHT Dune Climb South

Week 3
Tuesday, July 23 = SBHT Pierce Stocking Drive North
Thursday, July 25 = SBHT Pierce Stocking Drive South

Week 4
Tuesday, July 30 = SBHT Voice Road and Bar Lake Road North
Thursday, August 1 = Treat Farm

Week 5
Tuesday, August 6 = SBHT Bay View Trailhead on Thoreson Road to South
Thursday, August 8 = Bay View Trail at Thoreson Road – High Trail

Week 6
Tuesday, August 13 = SBHT Port Oneida Road South
Thursday, August 15 = Bay View Farm Loop

Week 7
Tuesday, August 20 = SBHT Port Oneida Road North
Thursday August 22 = SBHT Basch Road South

Week 8
Tuesday, August 27 = SBHT Basch Road North
Thursday, August 29 = SBHT Bohemian Road South

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