This page contains tools and information for volunteers supporting Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes.
If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please visit our Volunteer Page.
Update September 7, 2021
Individuals over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in the following locations:
Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.
Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals must comply with all orders regarding masks issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The best thing you can do is simply to carry a mask with you and put it on indoors or anywhere it gets crowded outdoors!
A note from Park Superintendent, Scott Tucker:
Areas that you may experience where 6′ social distancing can not be maintained and those who are NOT vaccinated SHOULD wear masks: Pierce Stocking Drive outlooks, specifically the observation deck at the #9 outlook, at the top of the Empire Bluff or Pyramid Point trail outlook where the trail is only wide enough for one person to pass another, and some of the trailheads.
Please be respectful when passing others on the trail.
Museum buildings and Historic sites will remain closed until further notice.
Per Coast Guard regulation, ALL PASSANGERS must wear a face covering on the Manitu Transit Ferry.
Events with over 50 participants – Any NPS-initiated (to include Partner-initiated) events (meaning anything we schedule), meetings, and conferences that would involve 50+ people must be approved by the Secretary of the Interior’s office.
For Volunteers – The National Park is still outlining Vaccination guidelines for partners. The Friends will continue to hold meetings Digitally and keep in-person activities to small groups when necessary.
Statement from the NPS Website: As the National Park Service monitors and responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health to use the latest science to guide our decision making. Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated (less than 2 weeks past your final dose) must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands.
Current NPS Guidelines can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm
For Friends Volunteers:
All of our volunteers are registered as volunteers with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Volunteers who need an annual pass to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to do their volunteer work, and should request one at the Visitor Center after reporting volunteer hours for at least one month.
The 2020 VIP Handbook is a resource for all volunteers.
The FOSBD Org Chart lists who is responsible for each task under the organization’s main functions and is a good tool to help get to know more about the Friend’s. Learn more about all Friends activities and view the Org Chart here: https://friendsofsleepingbear.org/about-us/org-chart/
Click on the appropriate link below to report your hours and comments:
Propose a fundraising or informational event. Click the link and fill out the form and your idea will be sent to other staff or board members, who can assist you with the event. If approvals are required, this form will initiate the approval process.
Propose a new program (like Adopt-A-Beach or Ambassador program). All new programs for Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes must be approved by the Board of Directors. This form will send your idea and background information to the right people to work through the approval process.
We want your experience to be fun and rewarding. A great way to enhance your involvement with the Friends is when you make real connections with other like-minded folks who share your love and devotion to your National Lakeshore.
Our closed group on Facebook is exclusively for FOSBD volunteers. You can go there and share all kinds of things of interest with fellow volunteers. Make new friends, learn new skills, ask questions or give advice, share your experiences, and post your pictures!
We encourage all our volunteers to join and participate! Click on the image above or use this link to go to the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Volunteer Group and JOIN!