Current Volunteers and Staff

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

COVID-19 Response

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:  

  1. All common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented, or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to, Lakeshore visitor centers administrative offices, lodges, gift shops, and restaurants.  
  2.  All outdoor areas, when others are present and physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained.  

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.

Vaccination Status Attestation – The NPS is required to have any person participating in an official business capacity at any park meeting/conference/activity of any size attest to their vaccination status and show negative test results as applicable. This does not apply to general recreational visitors. The form/process for this will come in a subsequent communication.

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:

Guidance for volunteer activities: 
  1. Your safety is our number one priority. If you are not comfortable with any aspect of your volunteer activity, don’t do it – if you have concerns/suggestions contact your supervisor, and/or me. 
  2. If you do not feel well, DO NOT come to work. The National Park wants all Staff and Volunteers to be healthy. 
  3. If you come across a visitor who is making you feel uncomfortable, or “within your personal bubble” please feel free to walk away and the Park is happy to answer any further questions that may come from that visitor. 
  4. Staff and volunteers will not be enforcing, or even educating, visitors on social distancing or mask-wearing. Just be a good example, model good behavior, and keep yourself safe. I have attached an NPS graphic with tips on distancing, please look that over carefully and follow the listed precautions — I know it’s easy to blow past anything that says wash your hands, but there is some good info on visitor interactions. We are strongly encouraging you to wear a mask whenever interacting with people, and/or when a 6′ distance can not be maintained. Example: If you are an Adopt.a.Trail volunteer – no need to wear a mask while hiking alone, but if a visitor approaches you to ask a question, we recommend you slip on your mask. 
  5. Some volunteers may be within the CDC identified “at-risk” population. If you are in this category do not feel compelled or pressured to begin volunteering. We are allowing staff in this category wide latitude to take leave as needed. Anyone with concerns, or apprehension about resuming volunteer activities, please delay your return as needed. 
  6. Recommend you stay well informed on the current status of park facilities prior to heading out to volunteer. Then you will be aware of what is available for you, as well as being able to answer visitors questions. Available resources…read through the Plan Your Visit page on the Park website and our social media

For Friends Volunteers: 

  • Our administrative processes are already online and can be done remotely. Members should use these capabilities to avoid the need to get together.
  • Meetings and training sessions should be moved to ZOOM conferences or audio call. 
  • Our participation in National Lakeshore events will be determined by the particular guidance provided by SLBE management.
  • In all cases, members should determine for themselves whether or not to participate in Friends activities, and these decisions must be respected. No individual should feel expected or pressured to do anything with which he or she is not comfortable.

Volunteer Resources

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.

Emergency Contacts 

General Questions: 
Matt Mohrman, 231-326-4729
Jerry Peterson, 248-561-5056
Leelanau County Emergency Management 231-256-8800
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Crew (Maintenance Issues)
Steve Young, 231-409-3637
Kerry Kelly, 231-631-4244
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Ambassadors
Mary Peterson, 248-762-8977
Kerry Kelly, 231-631-4244
Adopt-A-Beach Volunteers
Mary Peterson, 248-762-8977

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:

Click to view the current Org Chart.

Current Friends Volunteers Report Volunteer Hours and Information

Click on the appropriate link below to report your hours and comments:

If you observe a safety concern please visit the SAFETY REPORT page to fill out a report.

Do you have a suggestion for a New Event or Program?

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.

Join our Volunteer Group on Facebook! 

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! 

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