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  1. Kick off event: Hibernation Celebration

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    “50 year anniversary of the Sleeping Bear Dunes” Kick-off Event: Hibernation Celebration 

    There’s a park party and you are invited. 

    The National Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary activities start with a kick-off celebration on Saturday, January 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dune Climb. Join park rangers and volunteers from the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Historic Sleeping Bear for a “Hibernation Celebration” full of fun winter activities. Build a snow sculpture, sled down the dunes (remember to BYOS (Bring Your Own Sled)), try snowball target practice, borrow snowshoes to enjoy the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, sip hot chocolate by a fire, and MORE. There will be a warming station with craft activities in the Dune Center. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes will be offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Stop by anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to join in the celebration. The event is free with a park pass.


    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is commemorating its first 50 years by sharing a year-long celebration in 2020. During this year, the National Lakeshore hopes to thank those who have played a pivotal role in making the park what it is today, invite new connections and support to shape its future, and showcase the magnificence of what makes the park so special.

    As the new year approaches, there is a lot in store from the release of the National Lakeshore’s first mobile app to monthly special events, incredible social media content, and a 50th anniversary park pass, just to name a few. The National Lakeshore is planning a year of honoring the past, celebrating today, and planning for the future.

    “The story of Sleeping Bear Dunes is not finished. We are excited to engage with the community as we look forward to the next 50 years,” said superintendent Scott Tucker. 

    Mobile App

    Planning a trip to the National Lakeshore and need some help? The National Lakeshore has released its first mobile app. Visit this website https://apps.apple.com/app/id1488513204 and download it for free today. The app is currently available for download to Apple devices, with an Android version coming soon. Discover new information about popular sites, find park services, see new photos while learning more about favorite historic places, and explore little known natural features. This app has all you need to visit the National Lakeshore and discover all of its hidden treasures right from your phone.

    Park Pass

    Purchase a commemorative 50th anniversary park pass for only $45. Starting on Friday, December 20, stop by the park’s Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire to get your very own 50th anniversary pass. They also make great gifts. Every year, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore sells more than 11,000 annual park entrance passes. With a regular seven-day entrance pass ringing up for $25, the annual pass pays for itself in only two visits! Passes are valid for 12 months and provide free entry for the holder and occupants in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle. If entry is by foot, bicycle, or organized group not part of a commercial tour, the pass admits the pass holder and three adults (16 years of age or older). Children under 16 have free admission to the National Lakeshore. 

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is gearing up to have a great year in 2020. Check out their calendar of events to discover anniversary programs and activities happening each month at https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/calendar.htm and follow the National Lakeshore on social media.

    Stay tuned as more events are announced and for ways that you can join in the commemoration. From time capsules, to social media engagement, to panel discussions about the creation of the National Lakeshore, there will be something for everyone. For more in-depth information about Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, please visit www.nps.gov/slbe

  2. Sleeping Bear Gateways Community Conference

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    Sleeping Bear Gateway Council (SBGC) is sponsoring a workshop/conference about the National Park Gateway Community to discuss the issues and opportunities surrounding Gateway Communities on Sept. 24 and 25, 2019. This workshop is open to Businesses, Municipal leaders and Community members.

     
    Destry Jarvis is the guest speaker. Mr. Jarvis has 46 years working on natural and cultural resources management, public land management practices, and national park and gateway community issues and strategies.
     

    FACTS:

    •2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. •1.7 million visitors enjoyed the Sleeping Bear National Park in 2017. •The 50 millionth visitor was logged into the park headquarters in August 2019. 
     

    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

    September 24, 2019 – Glen Arbor Township Hall- Workshop schedule

    9:30 – 11:00 – Business owners and Entrepreneurs 

    12:30 – 2:00 – Workshop – Board

    3:30 – 5:00 –    Municipal, Non-profits, and Resident

    September 25, 2019 – Frankfort Garden Theater

    9:30 – 11:00 – Municipal, Non Profits, and Residents Workshop 

    12:30 – 2:00 – Workshop- Board

    3:30 – 5:00-   Business owners and Entrepreneurs


    The mission of the Sleeping Bear Gateway Council is as follows:

    “In anticipation of continued rapid growth of residents and visitors to the Sleeping Bear Dunes Area, we seek to work with local communities, stakeholders, and the National Park Service in preserving the unique character and natural resources of the area for the benefit of its citizens, visitors, economy and environment.” 

    We would also like to encourage you to attend one of the workshops and also support our group by becoming a member of SBGC or by becoming a Workshop sponsor. Please contact president Mike Rlvard at (617)838-1272 or email Judy Cheney: [email protected]

  3. Facts about the Sleeping Bear Dunes

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    • 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

    • 1.7 million visitors enjoyed the Sleeping Bear National Park in 2017.

    • The 50 millionth visitor was logged into the park headquarters in August 2019.

    Image from Empire Bluff Trail, Photo credit to Emily Rose for The New York Times, image from article posted on Sept 4th 2019, Sahara-Level Sand Dunes, Mediterranean-Blue Water: Welcome to Michigan”

  4. Horse and Wagon Tour

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    Clip Clop Back in Time

    Experience the Port Oneida Historic District the way they did in the late 1800 to early 1900s –  by horse and wagon!  We’ll travel in the footsteps of the early pioneers down the back roads of Port Oneida where you’ll learn about the history of this significant agricultural community with rolling hills and 18 farmsteads.

    Bring your family and friends for an activity that is relaxing, educational and memorable.  Or, make it a romantic end to your perfect day before dinner.

    Schedule

    Tues. 4:30 & Thurs. 3:00 and 4:30

    Starting Thursday, July 2 through Sept. 3

    If you would like to pay for an entire wagon on a date please contact us. Weekends are not typically available.

    Tours are approximately 1.25 hr

    Donation:  $20 per adult;  $12 per child 4-12   Children 3 and under on laps are free

    Reservations required – please call 231-334-6103.

    PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!  Register before 11 am the day of the ride to ensure we have enough people. Wagon holds 12 people. We need a minimum of 8 reservations to conduct the tour. Private rental rides can be arranged – call for details. Late registration may be available.

    Park and meet at the Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center at the Charles Olsen farm 15 minutes before the tour begins.

    Rates and Schedule subject to change. Reservations are held with credit card. Pay in cash or check on arrival. No refund for no-shows. Credit card will be charged for no-shows.

  5. Horse and Wagon Tours

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    Clip Clop Back in Time

    Experience the Port Oneida Historic District the way they did in the late 1800 to early 1900s –  by horse and wagon!  We’ll travel in the footsteps of the early pioneers down the back roads of Port Oneida where you’ll learn about the history of this significant agricultural community with rolling hills and 18 farmsteads.

    Bring your family and friends for an activity that is relaxing, educational and memorable.  Or, make it a romantic end to your perfect day before dinner.

    Schedule

    Tues. 4:30 & Thurs. 3:00 and 4:30

    Starting Thursday, July 2 through Sept. 3

    If you would like to pay for an entire wagon on a date please contact us. Weekends are not typically available.

    Tours are approximately 1.25 hr

    Donation:  $20 per adult;  $12 per child 4-12   Children 3 and under on laps are free

    Reservations required – please call 231-334-6103.

    PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!  Register before 11 am the day of the ride to ensure we have enough people. Wagon holds 12 people. We need a minimum of 8 reservations to conduct the tour. Private rental rides can be arranged – call for details. Late registration may be available.

    Park and meet at the Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center at the Charles Olsen farm 15 minutes before the tour begins.

    Rates and Schedule subject to change. Reservations are held with credit card. Pay in cash or check on arrival. No refund for no-shows. Credit card will be charged for no-shows.

  6. Horse and Wagon Tours

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    Clip Clop Back in Time

    Experience the Port Oneida Historic District the way they did in the late 1800 to early 1900s –  by horse and wagon!  We’ll travel in the footsteps of the early pioneers down the back roads of Port Oneida where you’ll learn about the history of this significant agricultural community with rolling hills and 18 farmsteads.

    Bring your family and friends for an activity that is relaxing, educational and memorable.  Or, make it a romantic end to your perfect day before dinner.

    Schedule

    Tues. 4:30 & Thurs. 3:00 and 4:30

    Starting Thursday, July 2 through Sept. 3

    If you would like to pay for an entire wagon on a date please contact us. Weekends are not typically available.

    Tours are approximately 1.25 hr

    Donation:  $20 per adult;  $12 per child 4-12   Children 3 and under on laps are free

    Reservations required – please call 231-334-6103.

    PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!  Register before 11 am the day of the ride to ensure we have enough people. Wagon holds 12 people. We need a minimum of 8 reservations to conduct the tour. Private rental rides can be arranged – call for details. Late registration may be available.

    Park and meet at the Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center at the Charles Olsen farm 15 minutes before the tour begins.

    Rates and Schedule subject to change. Reservations are held with credit card. Pay in cash or check on arrival. No refund for no-shows. Credit card will be charged for no-shows.

  7. Horse and Wagon Tours

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    Clip Clop Back in Time

    Experience the Port Oneida Historic District the way they did in the late 1800 to early 1900s –  by horse and wagon!  We’ll travel in the footsteps of the early pioneers down the back roads of Port Oneida where you’ll learn about the history of this significant agricultural community with rolling hills and 18 farmsteads.

    Bring your family and friends for an activity that is relaxing, educational and memorable.  Or, make it a romantic end to your perfect day before dinner.

    Schedule

    Tues. 4:30 & Thurs. 3:00 and 4:30

    Starting Thursday, July 2 through Sept. 3

    If you would like to pay for an entire wagon on a date please contact us. Weekends are not typically available.

    Tours are approximately 1.25 hr

    Donation:  $20 per adult;  $12 per child 4-12   Children 3 and under on laps are free

    Reservations required – please call 231-334-6103.

    PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!  Register before 11 am the day of the ride to ensure we have enough people. Wagon holds 12 people. We need a minimum of 8 reservations to conduct the tour. Private rental rides can be arranged – call for details. Late registration may be available.

    Park and meet at the Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center at the Charles Olsen farm 15 minutes before the tour begins.

    Rates and Schedule subject to change. Reservations are held with credit card. Pay in cash or check on arrival. No refund for no-shows. Credit card will be charged for no-shows.

  8. Horse and Wagon Tours

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    Clip Clop Back in Time

    Experience the Port Oneida Historic District the way they did in the late 1800 to early 1900s –  by horse and wagon!  We’ll travel in the footsteps of the early pioneers down the back roads of Port Oneida where you’ll learn about the history of this significant agricultural community with rolling hills and 18 farmsteads.

    Bring your family and friends for an activity that is relaxing, educational and memorable.  Or, make it a romantic end to your perfect day before dinner.

    Schedule

    Tues. 4:30 & Thurs. 3:00 and 4:30

    Starting Thursday, July 2 through Sept. 3

    If you would like to pay for an entire wagon on a date please contact us. Weekends are not typically available.

    Tours are approximately 1.25 hr

    Donation:  $20 per adult;  $12 per child 4-12   Children 3 and under on laps are free

    Reservations required – please call 231-334-6103.

    PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!  Register before 11 am the day of the ride to ensure we have enough people. Wagon holds 12 people. We need a minimum of 8 reservations to conduct the tour. Private rental rides can be arranged – call for details. Late registration may be available.

    Park and meet at the Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center at the Charles Olsen farm 15 minutes before the tour begins.

    Rates and Schedule subject to change. Reservations are held with credit card. Pay in cash or check on arrival. No refund for no-shows. Credit card will be charged for no-shows.

  9. Mornings in the Garden 9:30 – 11 am

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    Join our Master Gardeners at the Olsen Farm during their morning tending, to learn about heirloom plants, companion planting, and more in our vegetable and perennial gardens.  You can even dig in and get your hands dirty to help them if you like! For all ages. Kids can discover what’s growing in season, practice historic planting techniques, go on an insect safari or explore the wild world of soil!

    Mondays, June 24 – August 19

  10. Find Your Park

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    With more than 400 park sites in the U.S., yours is probably closer than you think. Most Americans have one within 100 miles of their home.

    Today, there are a total of 417 park sites across all 50 states and 5 U.S. territories, including monuments, preserves, lakeshores and seashores.

    That’s 85 million acres of land and waters, 18,000 miles of trails and over 11,000 miles of shoreline to hike, bike, fish, swim or just relax and enjoy the view.

     

    We’re pleased in Leelanau County to call the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore our “Home Park.” With the “Find Your Park” campaign, it’s easier than ever to seek recreation and exploration across the States. 

    For over 50 years, the National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service, has been protecting and preserving America’s most magnificent and meaningful places for people all over the world to enjoy and experience.

    “National parks should be accessible to all people, so they can relate to them in their own ways. These places offer something for everyone.”

    ~Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation


    The above text in part from LLBean about the Find Your Park Campaign. 9/5/18 

    Photos courtesy of graphic designer, Raquel Jackson and avid hiker and photographer, Charlotte Davis. ®


    Looking for more? 

    Nestled between Lake Michigan, the National Lakeshore and the Glen Lakes, Glen Arbor is the perfect destination to find your park! Use our site glenlakechamber.com to plan your trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

    Trails & Scenic Outlooks

    Beaches & Boating

    Seasonal Activities

    Kids & Family

    Upcoming Events

    Dining • Shopping • The Arts

    Places to Stay

    To find parks near you, go to findyourpark.com

    To explore the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore online, visit: nps.gov/slbe/index.htm

  11. Barn Restoration Workshop in Port Oneida

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    At Burfiend Barn in Port Oneida

    | Event Date: June 18 – 20, 2015

    Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

    The park will again be hosting our successful barn restoration workshop June 18-20th at the John Burfiend Barn located on Port Oneida Road, four (4) miles north of Glen Arbor, Michigan on M-22. This year marks the 19th year of the partnership between the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in developing this series of “hands-on” workshops. The park and the Michigan Barn Preservation Network are providing the skilled labor to put on this workshop.

    The workshop will address “Barn Floor, Siding, Post, Ramp, Window and Door Repair and Construction.” The John Burfiend Barn was the site of the first park and Michigan Barn Preservation Network workshop in 1997. The course will include 1) basics about structural and load analysis for post placement and repair, 2) repair of floors and walkways, 3) wood ramp installation, 5) large and pedestrian door repair, construction and installation, 6) wood window repair, 7) exterior siding repair and installation, and 8) tool safety while completing the task presented. This workshop is again able to provide a unique experience for all participants.

    The course is set up so participants receive “hands on” training of all techniques. The workshop begins on site at 9:00 a.m. each day. There is no cost to participants. Tools and materials will be provided. Participants should wear boots, gloves, and bring a sack lunch for each day that they attend. Participants can sign up for any number of days.

    Workers are not required to be skilled in the building trades, though experience will be helpful and appreciated. The purpose of the workshop is to teach the techniques and train owners and those interested how to do restoration work on timber and frame structures, including concrete and stonework. Past workshop attendees have ranged in age from 7 to 75 with each contributing their own unique skills to the project.

    Campsites will be provided for those volunteers who wish to camp for those days they are signed up for the workshop. Please indicate on the form, by email, or when you call to sign up. Interested parties should contact the park historical architect, Kimberly Mann (231)326-4771, to sign up for the workshop. To sign up by email: [email protected]