On Saturday, September 17, visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
(National Lakeshore) can become citizen scientists for the day by joining the park’s quest to
showcase the biodiversity of the National Lakeshore through a BioBlitz. The BioBlitz is a time for
scientists, students, teachers, families, and park visitors to team up to identify as many organisms as
Interested visitors should sign up ahead of time to choose a hike with an expert, allowing them to
learn about the intriguing plant and animal species they might find. All hikers will meet at the Dune
Climb parking lot at their assigned time.
Sign-up details are available at
https://ceruleancenter.org/bioblitz. Visitors may also use the iNaturalist smartphone app to explore
the National Lakeshore on their own.
The Lakeshore’s event is called “Blitz the Bear,” and marks the launch of the Great Lakes Bioblitz,
an initiative led by the National Lakeshore’s partner, the Cerulean Center, to study biodiversity in the
Great Lakes region. Space is limited, so interested parties should register early to secure a spot.
Citizen scientists and environmental stewards of all ages are needed.
Blitz the Bear is free with a park pass. Passes may be purchased at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center
in Empire, or at the Dune Climb fee booth. Passes cost $15 per vehicle for seven days, or $30 for an
For a complete listing of park events, visit https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.
Visitors are also encouraged to share their adventures at FindYourPark.com and on social media
using hashtags #FindYourPark and #sleepingbearnps. For questions or concerns regarding these
events, please call 231-326- 4700, ext. 5005.
For more in-depth information about the National Lakeshore, please go to www.nps.gov/slbe. Also,
check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sbdnl, Twitter site at
www.twitter.com/sleepingbearnps, and Instagram at www.instagram.com/sleepingbearnps.
Contact: Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, 231-326- 4700, ext. 5010
Secondary Contact: Lisa Griebel, [email protected], 231-326- 4726