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  1. Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes

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    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning something new this winter for their free ranger-led snowshoe hikes! Whether you are an experienced snowshoer or have never tried snowshoeing, the National Lakeshore invites you to join a ranger-led snowshoe hike to explore the park.

    There will be two hikes each Saturday, one for beginners called the “Snowshoe Saunter” and one for more experienced snowshoe hikers called the “Snowshoe Trek.” Each hike starts at 1:00 p.m. with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. These Saturday snowshoe hikes begin on January 4 and continue each Saturday through March 14. Reservations are required. Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations. When making your reservation, be sure to specify if you would like to join the “Snowshoe Saunter” or “Snowshoe Trek.”

    If there is not enough snow, winter hikes will be offered. Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants that do not have their own. The National Lakeshore has traditional and modern snowshoes available. These hikes are free, but participants do need a park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required whether participants borrow snowshoes from the National Lakeshore or have their own. To cancel a reservation, please call the National Lakeshore so visitors on the waiting list can be contacted to participate in the hike. Snowshoe hikes are fun for all ages. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide an introduction and basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day.

    Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside for about two hours. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable. Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for one and a half miles at the most.

    The “Snowshoe Saunter” will allow for more time to put on the snowshoes and to practice using them, and will go at a slow pace with multiple stops along the way. It will be a leisurely exploration through the National Lakeshore’s cool spots.

    The “Snowshoe Trek” will be slightly faster-paced and the terrain might be a little more rugged. There will still be interpretive stops along the hike to discover the park’s resources. Both of these hikes will involve exploration and adventure.

  2. Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes

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    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning something new this winter for their free ranger-led snowshoe hikes! Whether you are an experienced snowshoer or have never tried snowshoeing, the National Lakeshore invites you to join a ranger-led snowshoe hike to explore the park.

    There will be two hikes each Saturday, one for beginners called the “Snowshoe Saunter” and one for more experienced snowshoe hikers called the “Snowshoe Trek.” Each hike starts at 1:00 p.m. with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. These Saturday snowshoe hikes begin on January 4 and continue each Saturday through March 14. Reservations are required. Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations. When making your reservation, be sure to specify if you would like to join the “Snowshoe Saunter” or “Snowshoe Trek.”

    If there is not enough snow, winter hikes will be offered. Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants that do not have their own. The National Lakeshore has traditional and modern snowshoes available. These hikes are free, but participants do need a park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required whether participants borrow snowshoes from the National Lakeshore or have their own. To cancel a reservation, please call the National Lakeshore so visitors on the waiting list can be contacted to participate in the hike. Snowshoe hikes are fun for all ages. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide an introduction and basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day.

    Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside for about two hours. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable. Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for one and a half miles at the most.

    The “Snowshoe Saunter” will allow for more time to put on the snowshoes and to practice using them, and will go at a slow pace with multiple stops along the way. It will be a leisurely exploration through the National Lakeshore’s cool spots.

    The “Snowshoe Trek” will be slightly faster-paced and the terrain might be a little more rugged. There will still be interpretive stops along the hike to discover the park’s resources. Both of these hikes will involve exploration and adventure.

  3. Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes

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    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning something new this winter for their free ranger-led snowshoe hikes! Whether you are an experienced snowshoer or have never tried snowshoeing, the National Lakeshore invites you to join a ranger-led snowshoe hike to explore the park.

    There will be two hikes each Saturday, one for beginners called the “Snowshoe Saunter” and one for more experienced snowshoe hikers called the “Snowshoe Trek.” Each hike starts at 1:00 p.m. with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. These Saturday snowshoe hikes begin on January 4 and continue each Saturday through March 14. Reservations are required. Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations. When making your reservation, be sure to specify if you would like to join the “Snowshoe Saunter” or “Snowshoe Trek.”

    If there is not enough snow, winter hikes will be offered. Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants that do not have their own. The National Lakeshore has traditional and modern snowshoes available. These hikes are free, but participants do need a park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required whether participants borrow snowshoes from the National Lakeshore or have their own. To cancel a reservation, please call the National Lakeshore so visitors on the waiting list can be contacted to participate in the hike. Snowshoe hikes are fun for all ages. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide an introduction and basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day.

    Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside for about two hours. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable. Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for one and a half miles at the most.

    The “Snowshoe Saunter” will allow for more time to put on the snowshoes and to practice using them, and will go at a slow pace with multiple stops along the way. It will be a leisurely exploration through the National Lakeshore’s cool spots.

    The “Snowshoe Trek” will be slightly faster-paced and the terrain might be a little more rugged. There will still be interpretive stops along the hike to discover the park’s resources. Both of these hikes will involve exploration and adventure.

  4. Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes

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    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning something new this winter for their free ranger-led snowshoe hikes! Whether you are an experienced snowshoer or have never tried snowshoeing, the National Lakeshore invites you to join a ranger-led snowshoe hike to explore the park.

    There will be two hikes each Saturday, one for beginners called the “Snowshoe Saunter” and one for more experienced snowshoe hikers called the “Snowshoe Trek.” Each hike starts at 1:00 p.m. with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. These Saturday snowshoe hikes begin on January 4 and continue each Saturday through March 14. Reservations are required. Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations. When making your reservation, be sure to specify if you would like to join the “Snowshoe Saunter” or “Snowshoe Trek.”

    If there is not enough snow, winter hikes will be offered. Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants that do not have their own. The National Lakeshore has traditional and modern snowshoes available. These hikes are free, but participants do need a park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required whether participants borrow snowshoes from the National Lakeshore or have their own. To cancel a reservation, please call the National Lakeshore so visitors on the waiting list can be contacted to participate in the hike. Snowshoe hikes are fun for all ages. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide an introduction and basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day.

    Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside for about two hours. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable. Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for one and a half miles at the most.

    The “Snowshoe Saunter” will allow for more time to put on the snowshoes and to practice using them, and will go at a slow pace with multiple stops along the way. It will be a leisurely exploration through the National Lakeshore’s cool spots.

    The “Snowshoe Trek” will be slightly faster-paced and the terrain might be a little more rugged. There will still be interpretive stops along the hike to discover the park’s resources. Both of these hikes will involve exploration and adventure.

  5. Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes

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    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning something new this winter for their free ranger-led snowshoe hikes! Whether you are an experienced snowshoer or have never tried snowshoeing, the National Lakeshore invites you to join a ranger-led snowshoe hike to explore the park.

    There will be two hikes each Saturday, one for beginners called the “Snowshoe Saunter” and one for more experienced snowshoe hikers called the “Snowshoe Trek.” Each hike starts at 1:00 p.m. with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. These Saturday snowshoe hikes begin on January 4 and continue each Saturday through March 14. Reservations are required. Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations. When making your reservation, be sure to specify if you would like to join the “Snowshoe Saunter” or “Snowshoe Trek.”

    If there is not enough snow, winter hikes will be offered. Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants that do not have their own. The National Lakeshore has traditional and modern snowshoes available. These hikes are free, but participants do need a park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required whether participants borrow snowshoes from the National Lakeshore or have their own. To cancel a reservation, please call the National Lakeshore so visitors on the waiting list can be contacted to participate in the hike. Snowshoe hikes are fun for all ages. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide an introduction and basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day.

    Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside for about two hours. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable. Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for one and a half miles at the most.

    The “Snowshoe Saunter” will allow for more time to put on the snowshoes and to practice using them, and will go at a slow pace with multiple stops along the way. It will be a leisurely exploration through the National Lakeshore’s cool spots.

    The “Snowshoe Trek” will be slightly faster-paced and the terrain might be a little more rugged. There will still be interpretive stops along the hike to discover the park’s resources. Both of these hikes will involve exploration and adventure.

  6. Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes

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    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning something new this winter for their free ranger-led snowshoe hikes! Whether you are an experienced snowshoer or have never tried snowshoeing, the National Lakeshore invites you to join a ranger-led snowshoe hike to explore the park.

    There will be two hikes each Saturday, one for beginners called the “Snowshoe Saunter” and one for more experienced snowshoe hikers called the “Snowshoe Trek.” Each hike starts at 1:00 p.m. with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. These Saturday snowshoe hikes begin on January 4 and continue each Saturday through March 14. Reservations are required. Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations. When making your reservation, be sure to specify if you would like to join the “Snowshoe Saunter” or “Snowshoe Trek.”

    If there is not enough snow, winter hikes will be offered. Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants that do not have their own. The National Lakeshore has traditional and modern snowshoes available. These hikes are free, but participants do need a park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required whether participants borrow snowshoes from the National Lakeshore or have their own. To cancel a reservation, please call the National Lakeshore so visitors on the waiting list can be contacted to participate in the hike. Snowshoe hikes are fun for all ages. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide an introduction and basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day.

    Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside for about two hours. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable. Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for one and a half miles at the most.

    The “Snowshoe Saunter” will allow for more time to put on the snowshoes and to practice using them, and will go at a slow pace with multiple stops along the way. It will be a leisurely exploration through the National Lakeshore’s cool spots.

    The “Snowshoe Trek” will be slightly faster-paced and the terrain might be a little more rugged. There will still be interpretive stops along the hike to discover the park’s resources. Both of these hikes will involve exploration and adventure.

  7. Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes

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    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning something new this winter for their free ranger-led snowshoe hikes! Whether you are an experienced snowshoer or have never tried snowshoeing, the National Lakeshore invites you to join a ranger-led snowshoe hike to explore the park.

    There will be two hikes each Saturday, one for beginners called the “Snowshoe Saunter” and one for more experienced snowshoe hikers called the “Snowshoe Trek.” Each hike starts at 1:00 p.m. with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. These Saturday snowshoe hikes begin on January 4 and continue each Saturday through March 14. Reservations are required. Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations. When making your reservation, be sure to specify if you would like to join the “Snowshoe Saunter” or “Snowshoe Trek.”

    If there is not enough snow, winter hikes will be offered. Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants that do not have their own. The National Lakeshore has traditional and modern snowshoes available. These hikes are free, but participants do need a park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required whether participants borrow snowshoes from the National Lakeshore or have their own. To cancel a reservation, please call the National Lakeshore so visitors on the waiting list can be contacted to participate in the hike. Snowshoe hikes are fun for all ages. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide an introduction and basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day.

    Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside for about two hours. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable. Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for one and a half miles at the most.

    The “Snowshoe Saunter” will allow for more time to put on the snowshoes and to practice using them, and will go at a slow pace with multiple stops along the way. It will be a leisurely exploration through the National Lakeshore’s cool spots.

    The “Snowshoe Trek” will be slightly faster-paced and the terrain might be a little more rugged. There will still be interpretive stops along the hike to discover the park’s resources. Both of these hikes will involve exploration and adventure.

  8. Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes

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    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning something new this winter for their free ranger-led snowshoe hikes! Whether you are an experienced snowshoer or have never tried snowshoeing, the National Lakeshore invites you to join a ranger-led snowshoe hike to explore the park.

    There will be two hikes each Saturday, one for beginners called the “Snowshoe Saunter” and one for more experienced snowshoe hikers called the “Snowshoe Trek.” Each hike starts at 1:00 p.m. with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. These Saturday snowshoe hikes begin on January 4 and continue each Saturday through March 14. Reservations are required. Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations. When making your reservation, be sure to specify if you would like to join the “Snowshoe Saunter” or “Snowshoe Trek.”

    If there is not enough snow, winter hikes will be offered. Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants that do not have their own. The National Lakeshore has traditional and modern snowshoes available. These hikes are free, but participants do need a park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required whether participants borrow snowshoes from the National Lakeshore or have their own. To cancel a reservation, please call the National Lakeshore so visitors on the waiting list can be contacted to participate in the hike. Snowshoe hikes are fun for all ages. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide an introduction and basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day.

    Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside for about two hours. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable. Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for one and a half miles at the most.

    The “Snowshoe Saunter” will allow for more time to put on the snowshoes and to practice using them, and will go at a slow pace with multiple stops along the way. It will be a leisurely exploration through the National Lakeshore’s cool spots.

    The “Snowshoe Trek” will be slightly faster-paced and the terrain might be a little more rugged. There will still be interpretive stops along the hike to discover the park’s resources. Both of these hikes will involve exploration and adventure.

  9. Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes

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    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning something new this winter for their free ranger-led snowshoe hikes! Whether you are an experienced snowshoer or have never tried snowshoeing, the National Lakeshore invites you to join a ranger-led snowshoe hike to explore the park.

    There will be two hikes each Saturday, one for beginners called the “Snowshoe Saunter” and one for more experienced snowshoe hikers called the “Snowshoe Trek.” Each hike starts at 1:00 p.m. with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. These Saturday snowshoe hikes begin on January 4 and continue each Saturday through March 14. Reservations are required. Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations. When making your reservation, be sure to specify if you would like to join the “Snowshoe Saunter” or “Snowshoe Trek.”

    If there is not enough snow, winter hikes will be offered. Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants that do not have their own. The National Lakeshore has traditional and modern snowshoes available. These hikes are free, but participants do need a park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required whether participants borrow snowshoes from the National Lakeshore or have their own. To cancel a reservation, please call the National Lakeshore so visitors on the waiting list can be contacted to participate in the hike. Snowshoe hikes are fun for all ages. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide an introduction and basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day.

    Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside for about two hours. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable. Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for one and a half miles at the most.

    The “Snowshoe Saunter” will allow for more time to put on the snowshoes and to practice using them, and will go at a slow pace with multiple stops along the way. It will be a leisurely exploration through the National Lakeshore’s cool spots.

    The “Snowshoe Trek” will be slightly faster-paced and the terrain might be a little more rugged. There will still be interpretive stops along the hike to discover the park’s resources. Both of these hikes will involve exploration and adventure.

  10. 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

  11. Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes

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    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning something new this winter for their free ranger-led snowshoe hikes! Whether you are an experienced snowshoer or have never tried snowshoeing, the National Lakeshore invites you to join a ranger-led snowshoe hike to explore the park.

    There will be two hikes each Saturday, one for beginners called the “Snowshoe Saunter” and one for more experienced snowshoe hikers called the “Snowshoe Trek.” Each hike starts at 1:00 p.m. with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. These Saturday snowshoe hikes begin on January 4 and continue each Saturday through March 14. Reservations are required. Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations. When making your reservation, be sure to specify if you would like to join the “Snowshoe Saunter” or “Snowshoe Trek.”

    If there is not enough snow, winter hikes will be offered. Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants that do not have their own. The National Lakeshore has traditional and modern snowshoes available. These hikes are free, but participants do need a park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required whether participants borrow snowshoes from the National Lakeshore or have their own. To cancel a reservation, please call the National Lakeshore so visitors on the waiting list can be contacted to participate in the hike. Snowshoe hikes are fun for all ages. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide an introduction and basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day.

    Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside for about two hours. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable. Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for one and a half miles at the most.

    The “Snowshoe Saunter” will allow for more time to put on the snowshoes and to practice using them, and will go at a slow pace with multiple stops along the way. It will be a leisurely exploration through the National Lakeshore’s cool spots.

    The “Snowshoe Trek” will be slightly faster-paced and the terrain might be a little more rugged. There will still be interpretive stops along the hike to discover the park’s resources. Both of these hikes will involve exploration and adventure.

  12. NEW Kettles trail opens in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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    Posted October 21st, 2019 | Copied and re-shared here from an Editor post on the Glen Arbor Sun

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes invited the public to help celebrate the opening of the Kettles Trail during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, Oct 20. The celebration took place at the trailhead on West Baatz Road near its intersection with South Fritz Road, west of Leelanau County Road 669. The Friends provided light refreshments. Guided hikes of the trail were offered following the ribbon cutting.

    photo from Friends of Sleeping Bear

    This trail is the first visitor amenity in the “Bow Lakes” area of the park. Congress added the Bow Lakes area to the National Lakeshore in 1982 specifically because of its geological features, especially the “kettle” topography. Superintendent Scott Tucker noted, “It is fitting that we are opening the Kettles Trail on what is literally the eve of the National Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary year. The Kettles Trail will provide visitor access to some of the best examples of the ‘ancient glacial phenomena’ that Congress cited when it established the park on October 21, 1970.” 

    Work on the Kettles Trail involved crews from the National Park Service, Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes, the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps of Traverse City, AmeriCorps YouthWork, and numerous individual volunteers.

    The new trail is three miles long, and the first 1,000 feet leading to an overlook are fully accessible via a compacted stone surface. The remainder of the trail is compacted earth and accesses steep hills, ponds, and bogs of the kettle topography. The rest of the footpath offers moderate hiking and advanced cross-country skiing this coming winter.

    Click here for a detailed map on how to get there. Use of trails and access to the park in the lakeshore requires a park pass. Learn more from nps.gov on the Hiking Trails within the park and what to expect. 

  13. 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]

  14. 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”

  15. HISTORIC SLEEPING BEAR ANNUAL MEETING AND APPRECIATION DINNER

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    It’s time to celebrate all that our members and volunteers have done to preserve the heritage within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore this year! Enjoy dinner, awards, friendship, and an update of Historic Sleeping Bear’s accomplishments and future plans. If you’re not a member or volunteer please join us with a $10 donation at the door. Come learn about what we do as a park partner!

    DETAILS

    Dinner and table settings provided. Side dishes welcome but not necessary. Please RSVP by 5 pm, Thursday, Sept. 5

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Port Oneida Run/Walk 5K, 10, Kid’s Dash

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    Choose your race between the Farmers Flat and Fast 5K, Homesteaders Hardcore 5K, and Tiller’s 10K!  Are you hard-core enough for the hills?!

    Each course winds through the beautiful scenery of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s Port Oneida Rural Historic District 3 miles north of Glen Arbor. With its historic farms and barns, Port Oneida is hailed as “one of the most prized historic landscapes in the country”!

  24. 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.

  25. 4th of July Parade in Glen Arbor

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    Glen Arbor 4th of July Parade

    Head on down to Glen Arbor and shop/dine – most places are open for at least half the day for visitors. Grab a spot and enjoy the big 4th of July Parade downtown Glen Arbor, beginning at 12pm. The parade leaves from Glen Haven making its way through to the North/East end of town. This year’s parade Marshal is Jim Fowler and the Glen Arbor Park Commission.

    If you’re a boater, you can join in on the boat parade 4th of July evening on the Glen Lake beginning at 4pm in front of the Yacht Club.

    Participate…

    Everyone is welcome and “anything goes!” 

    Want to participate in the parade? Cyclists (kids and families) and Walkers can join in the parade starting at the Christian Science Church. Cars and Floats participating in the parade, please meet at Glen Haven to line up 45 min prior to the parade start time. The parade begins at Noon. 

    Want a front row seat? Volunteer! We always need as many parade volunteers as possible. Bring your own broom to help walk with the parade and sweep the candy back towards the crowd, to keep kids off the street and safe.

    Enjoy the area…

    Most shops and restaurants are open part of the day for you! Please make sure to come to town early to park and enjoy shopping the lovely retailers and art galleries. Whether you’ll end up back where you’re staying or head back home, there’s a beach or lake or trail for you to enjoy some outdoor recreation the remainder of the holiday.

    More to celebrate on the 4th…

    >>Flag Raising Ceremony | Old Settlers Park @ 10am 

    >>Boat Parade | On the Glen Lakes @4pm 

    >>Pancake Breakfast | Sunday, July 7th at the Town Hall


    Parade photos courtesy of Raquel Jackson

    #4thofJuly #glenarbor #parade #thingstodo #summertime #glenlake

  26. In The Press – Sleeping Bear Dunes among 7 Best Beaches in the Midwest

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    March, 2019

    It’s no surprise to us that the Sleeping Bear Dunes was featured in an article on “7 Best Beaches in the Midwest”  by Tripstodiscover.com

    Check out the article online here.

    Photo by Raquel Jackson, Rockwell Art & Design. ® All Rights Reserved.


    MORE, IN THE PRESS…

    September 4, 2019

    Sahara-Level Sand Dunes, Mediterranean-Blue Water: Welcome to Michigan

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the Midwest’s most delightful surprises. Read the article posted by By 

    Emily Rose Bennett for The New York Times.

    • Sleeping Bear Point, part of our local National Park was included on National Geographic’s 2017 list of 21 Best Beaches in the World.” 

    • In 2016, the road M-22 that loops around Leelanau Peninsula was voted “the best autumn scenic drive in the US” by USA Today’s 10 Best

    M-22_Best-fall-autumn-scenic-drive_color-tour_USA_pure-leelanau

    • Watch our video on YouTube promoting travel to Glen Arbor for your Leelanau fall color tours.


    “No matter the season, the Glen Lake area is a perfect outdoor getaway.”

    Step away from the hustle and get refreshed in the natural beauty around Glen Arbor. Find a new trail to hike, a new view from a hilltop, shop the great stores, buy a piece of local art; Try a new item on the menu, get a new book to read. Take in the beaches, woods, meadows, hilltops, dunes, and aqua-colored lake water.


    NAVIGATE

    Discover the variety of  Things to Do

    Shop, Dine and Stay | Browse area businesses in our Business Directory

    Special Offers & Rates page

    Last Minute Cancellations 

    Upcoming local Events

    Area Jobs

  27. DH Day Campground: Sleeping Bear Dunes makes changes to improve

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    Camping reservations at D. H. Day Campground in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore open up on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Also on Monday morning, additional campsites at Platte River Campground will open for reservation, including all campsites in loop 2, additional campsites in loop 4, and walk-to sites. All reservations must be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777

    The decision to convert 100% of campsites at D. H. Day and Platte River Campgrounds to reservation was announced by Superintendent Scott Tucker more than a year ago. The change will address the overnight waiting lines that typically crowded the campground entrances each night during the summer and will allow visitors to better plan their camping stays at the National Lakeshore.

    Campers should also note that reservations will be accepted right up to the day-of-camping (same day reservations), so the opportunity to obtain last minute campsites will still be available.

    Camping reservations will be required for arrival dates of May 1 through October 14. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, campers are limited to 14 nights in a specific campground.

    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.

    www.nps.gov/slbe

    About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit the National Park Service at www.nps.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter at www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube at www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice

    campsite photo from leelanau.com

  28. After the storm: How are the Woods doing?

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    Nearly four years after an historic wind storm devastated great swaths of Leelanau County woodlands, the Glen Arbor Arts Center takes a look at how the woods are doing these days with Julia Gehring, a biologist with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on Thursday, March 28, 10:30 am at the GAAC, 6031 S. Lake Street, Glen Arbor.

    The program is offered as part of the GAAC’s “Wood, Woods, Wooden” exhibition, and is free to attend.

    In August 2015, a straight-line storm with winds clocked at up to 100 mph swept through Glen Arbor and other parts of Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties. In minutes, the storm destroyed homes, and flattened acres of mature trees in the Sleeping Bear Dunes. This remarkable event set in motion a variety of natural processes that are inherently dynamic, but happen slowly and are sometimes missed.

    In this conversational program, Gehring will talk with GAAC Gallery Manager Sarah Bearup-Neal about the process of regeneration and recovery in the woods. What has changed? How have the native residents – birds, mammals, insects and other biota – fared and adapted to the changes in their habitats? And how does the SBDNL assess the potential for forest fire with so much downed wood?

    The GAAC exhibition “Wood, Woods, Wooden” is a juried show of 2D and 3D work by 29 visual artists from throughout Northern Michigan and the state. The exhibition runs March 8 – April 11. The GAAC is open Monday-Friday from 9 am – 3 pm; and noon – 4 pm on Sunday.

  29. 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

  30. Port Oneida Rural and Cultural Fair 2018

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    Friday and Saturday, August 10 & 11,

    Port Oneida Rural and Cultural Fair

    from 10:00 am – 4 pm

    History comes to life at six historic farmsteads and the Port Oneida Schoolhouse in Port Oneida. Presented by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in partnership with Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. Event is free, Park pass required. 

    Learn more. If you would like to demonstrate a traditional skill or craft, or volunteer at the event, please contact us at [email protected]

  31. Evenings in the Garden: Bouquet Making

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    August 9, Thursday 

    Evenings in the Garden: Bouquet Making    

    7:00 -8:15 pm

    Part of our Harvest Series of classes designed for budding floral enthusiasts. Enjoy the art of maintaining, harvesting and designing seasonal blooms and exploring what being in the garden means to you. Enjoy “golden hour” in this beautiful setting as you connect and create in Hattie’s historic garden.

    Donation: $10 per person or $15 per family.

  32. Let’s Visit the Neighbors! Port Oneida Bike Tour    

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    August 9, Thursday  

    Let’s Visit the Neighbors! Port Oneida Bike Tour    

    at 9:30 am

    Experience what it was like to drop in on neighbors in and around historic Port Oneida to catch up on all the news! As you travel by bicycles on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, a gravel road and paved Port Oneida road, you’ll enjoy interpretive visits with neighbors all along the way.

    You will visit five historic farms and a historic school on this four-mile ride. Please bring water and wear a helmet! The ride will be held weather permitting. Admission: Free; donations accepted.

    Located at: Port Oneida Rural Historic District, 3164 W. Harbor Highway, Maple City, MI 49664

  33. Let’s Visit the Neighbors! Port Oneida Bike Tour

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    August 5, Sunday   

    Let’s Visit the Neighbors! Port Oneida Bike Tour 2     

    from 2-4 pm

    Experience what it was like to drop in on neighbors in and around historic Port Oneida to catch up on all the news! As you travel by bicycles on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, a gravel road and paved Port Oneida road, you’ll enjoy interpretive visits with neighbors all along the way.

    You will visit five historic farms and a historic school on this four-mile ride. Please bring water and wear a helmet! The ride will be held weather permitting. Admission: Free; donations accepted

    Located at: Port Oneida Rural Historic District, 3164 W. Harbor Highway, Maple City, MI 49664

  34. Open Gardens : Olsen Farm

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    August 5     Sunday       Open Gardens for the Family  11-2   

    Drop in to explore the Olsen farm vegetable Garden with fun, guided activities for all ages. You might discover what’s growing in season, practice historic planting techniques, go on an insect safari or explore the wild world of soil!

  35. 9th Annual Port Oneida Run/Walk Fundraiser,

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    Run to Preserve Historic Buildings and Landscapes in Sleeping Bear Dunes.

    Saturday, August 4, 2018

    Race Organizer: Historic Sleeping Bear Preservation, official nonprofit partner of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

    Choose your Race: Farmers Flat and Fast 5K, Homesteader’s Hardcore 5K, and Tiller’s 10K. Kid’s Schoolhouse Dash. Walkers welcome. Proud to be a part of Traverse City Track Club’s Grand Prix Series.

    Courses wind through beautiful scenery of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s Port Oneida Rural Historic District. With its historic farms and barns, the district is hailed as “one of the most prized historic landscapes in the country”. Afterward, take a swim on the beautiful beaches just down the road.

    Enjoy chip timing, station hydration, unique awards and great edibles! This is a fun community event that draws serious runners, AND those casual runners, walkers and families. Enjoy the park – Families can find a place on the lawn to spread a blanket and enjoy the food and post-run celebration

    Location: Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center at the historic Olsen Farm, 3164 Harbor Way (M-22) Glen Arbor, 3 miles north of Glen Arbor, Michigan.

    Packet Pick-up: 7-8:15 am. and walk-in registration

    Register: $30 by August 1 st. $35 after that. Walk-ons welcome. Click to register: Port OneidaRegistration. Register by July 12th to be guaranteed a T-Shirt.

    For more information: www.phsb.org or call 231-334-6103

     

  36. Star Party June 14 from 9 to 11

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    The sky is the limit at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Join park rangers and astronomers from the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) on Saturday, July 14 at the Dune Climb parking lot. On that date, two events will offer you opportunities to focus on the sky. The first event is from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will allow visitors to safely view our closest star, the sun, using a solar telescope. The second event will be from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Feel free to hike up the dunes at the Dune Climb during the event, watch a sunset at 9:29 p.m., and rejoin the rangers and astronomers in the parking lot at the base of the dunes.

    Take advantage of the very young moon to relax under the stars, view distant celestial objects, observe Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. Mars will make its appearance around 11:00 p.m. 
     
    Each event will feature drop-in stations for you to visit at your leisure. Be sure to stop by the ranger greeter table in the parking lot at the Dune Climb for more information about the stations and their locations. Visit with Friends of Sleeping Bear! We will have a table next to the NPS table.
     
    At the Dune Climb, please park in the row furthest from the dunes with your headlights facing M-109. Overflow parking, within easy walking distance to the Dune Climb, is in the Great Lakes Picnic Area. The picnic area entrance is located just south of the entrance to the Dune Climb. Follow the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from the parking area to the Dune Climb. Volunteers will be assisting with parking at both locations.
     
    All sky programs offered by the National Lakeshore are free. Participants need only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun. Programs will be cancelled if the sky is not visible due to weather conditions. The decision to cancel is usually made two hours in advance. Please call 231-326-4700, ext. 5005, for a voicemail message with the decision. 
     
    For all evening astronomy events, bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car and bug spray, if needed. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars, beach chairs, and blankets for a more comfortable experience, and water is always recommended for National Park Service (NPS) programs. Park rangers and GTAS staff will wear red glow necklaces or bracelets at the events. For more information about the GTAS, go to http://www.gtastro.org
     
    This event is the perfect opportunity to “Find Your Park” in the stars. Starry night skies and natural darkness are important components of the special places the NPS protects. National parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness and provide an excellent opportunity to experience this endangered resource. 

  37. Star Party July 14 from 4-6pm

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    The sky is the limit at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Join park rangers and astronomers from the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) on Saturday, July 14 at the Dune Climb parking lot. On that date, two events will offer you opportunities to focus on the sky. The first event is from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will allow visitors to safely view our closest star, the sun, using a solar telescope. The second event will be from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Feel free to hike up the dunes at the Dune Climb during the event, watch a sunset at 9:29 p.m., and rejoin the rangers and astronomers in the parking lot at the base of the dunes.

    Take advantage of the very young moon to relax under the stars, view distant celestial objects, observe Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. Mars will make its appearance around 11:00 p.m. 
     
    Each event will feature drop-in stations for you to visit at your leisure. Be sure to stop by the ranger greeter table in the parking lot at the Dune Climb for more information about the stations and their locations. Visit with Friends of Sleeping Bear! We will have a table next to the NPS table.
     
    At the Dune Climb, please park in the row furthest from the dunes with your headlights facing M-109. Overflow parking, within easy walking distance to the Dune Climb, is in the Great Lakes Picnic Area. The picnic area entrance is located just south of the entrance to the Dune Climb. Follow the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from the parking area to the Dune Climb. Volunteers will be assisting with parking at both locations.
     
    All sky programs offered by the National Lakeshore are free. Participants need only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun. Programs will be cancelled if the sky is not visible due to weather conditions. The decision to cancel is usually made two hours in advance. Please call 231-326-4700, ext. 5005, for a voicemail message with the decision. 
     
    For all evening astronomy events, bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car and bug spray, if needed. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars, beach chairs, and blankets for a more comfortable experience, and water is always recommended for National Park Service (NPS) programs. Park rangers and GTAS staff will wear red glow necklaces or bracelets at the events. For more information about the GTAS, go to http://www.gtastro.org
     
    This event is the perfect opportunity to “Find Your Park” in the stars. Starry night skies and natural darkness are important components of the special places the NPS protects. National parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness and provide an excellent opportunity to experience this endangered resource. 

  38. Dune Climb Concert | Manitou Music Festival

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    Jazz North will rock the Sleeping Bear Dunes with its special blend of jazz and funk at the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s annual Dune Climb concert on Sunday, July 8, 7 p.m. The concert is free, but a National Park pass is required.

    Jazz North is a “little” big band comprising the best of acoustic and electric jams of all genre. The horn section gels with the rhythm section to perform everything from funk to swing to rhythm and blues, from Latin to bebop, and R&B and rock. Throw in plenty of fresh original arrangements of jazz and funk standards, and you’ve got a mix that’s delightful for listening and dancing.

    The concert at the Dune Climb is presented annually by the Glen Arbor Arts Center. Because of the unique venue and incomparable music it routinely draws a large audience. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a pre-concert picnic. For more information please go to: GlenArborArt.org

  39. Celebrate Historic Sleeping Bear

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    Historic Sleeping Bear (formerly named Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear) is celebrating their 20th Anniversary as a partner of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The non-profit group will host, “Celebrate Historic Sleeping Bear!” – a 2-day event starting Friday evening June 29th with the showing of the documentary film, “The Barn Raisers “at 7 pm in the barn at the Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center/Olsen Farm. The film highlights barns of the Midwest and includes some from Leelanau County and was filmed by award-winning producers.

    On Saturday, June 30th a full day of activities are planned at the farm from 10 am – 4:30 pm. There will be scheduled bus tours of Port Oneida at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:30; an art show and sale focused on historic buildings in the Park; demonstrations of old-time crafts and skills including rope making, historic cooking, wood stamping, basket weaving, butter churning and many children’s games and crafts. Try your hand at putting together a model timber frame structure, or help stitch our Historic Sleeping Bear quilt; go on a history hunt; watch a preservation project in action; enjoy the goats. The National Park Service and others will speak briefly at 12:15 followed by free cake; storytelling with Beach Bard’s Norm Wheeler from 11:15 – 1; “The North Carolines”, an Americana and Roots band will perform from 1-3 pm. And a 3 pm prize drawing. Betty’s HotDish Food Truck will be on-site for it all.

    The celebration will culminate with our inaugural barn dance at 7 pm on Saturday with live caller and music. For details contact 334-6103 or visit www.phsb.org


    Historic Sleeping Bear partners with the National Park to preserve and interpret the historic structures, landscapes, and heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. For details, please visit www.phsb.org

  40. TIN CAN TOURISTS “SHADOW OF THE BEAR RALLY”

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     Original “Tiny Homes” On Tour in Empire, Michigan

     AT INDIGO BLUFFS RESORT  – SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

     The Tin Can Tourists Open House is open to the public on Saturday September 16th, from 12 noon to 3pm. 

    The open house is FREE. 

    Indigo Bluffs Resort is located 3 miles east of Empire on M-72 

     The Empire gathering represents a return to the club’s Northern Michigan roots. Founded in 1919 in Florida, winter gatherings were held there while summer gatherings were regularly held in Michigan in Traverse City (where the Civic Center is now), and occasionally Manistee (Orchard Beach State Park.)

    Approximately 40 vintage trailers and coaches ranging in age from the 1930’s to the 1980’s can be toured during this one-day event. It’s well worth the drive to see these “original tiny homes” and meet the people who have lovingly restored them to their former glory. But be forewarned, you may leave this event with a firm urge to downsize to your own stylish vintage camper!

  41. 4th of July

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    Celebrate Independence

    Independence Day gets celebrated usually beginning the day before the 4th with some free, local live music, followed by things to do for everyone. On the “Old School House” lawn – bring your chairs/blankets. From 7 – 8pm, on July 3rd, the Northport Band plays live. FREE to attend, Donations to the Band welcomed. 

    On the 4th:

    The Flag raising ceremony takes place at 10am in Old Settlers Park (located on the corner of Dunns Farm Road and Burdickville Road – CR 616). Organized by Glen Lake Women’s Club, the ceremony begins at 10 am with Invocation by Pastor Logsten of Empire United Methodist followed by Boy Scout Troop 105 presenting the Flag Raising paired with patriotic songs performed by Summer Singers. Key Note: Laurel Jeris / Glen Lake Woman’s Club: Daughters of Liberty – Roles of Women during the American Revolutionary War. Cookies and lemonade for everyone and Children to receive US Flags! 

    Head on down to Glen Arbor and shop/dine – most places are open for at least half the day for visitors. Grab a spot and enjoy the big Parade downtown Glen Arbor beginning at 12pm. Parade leaves from Glen Haven then makes it’s way through to the North/East end of town.

    If you’re a boater, you can join in on the boat parade 4th of July evening on Glen Lake beginning at 4pm in front of the Yacht Club.

    To Participate in the Parade…

    Want a front row seat at the parade? Volunteer! We always need as many parade volunteers as possible.

    Volunteers can pick up a parade t-shirt at Art’s Tavern the week prior to the 4th. Bring your own broom to help walk with the parade and sweep the candy back towards the crowd, to keep kids off the street and safe.

    Want to participate in the parade? Everyone is welcome! Bikers (kids and families) and Walkers can join in the parade starting at the Christian Science Church. Cars and Floats participating in the parade, please meet at Glen Haven to line up 45 min prior to the parade start time. The parade begins at Noon.

    Adventure and beauty awaits

    There’s tons of things to do, in and around the Glen Arbor area. From Dining and Shopping, to the arts; Beaches & Boating and a variety of outdoor recreation; to specific places to visit that are great for kids & families. Visit our “Things to Do” page to get started on your Pure Leelanau adventure.

    Visit the National Park ~ Discover a new hike, trail, scenic drive or outlook or ride.

    Visit our Events page to see what other businesses and community organizations are up to.

    Events in the Glen Lake area

    Things to do in Glen Arbor | List + Links…


    Share your pics with us

    Make sure and snap a pic of your #4thofJuly images and share them with us on Instagram!

    Mention @visitglenarbor in your image captions, and also tag these now trending:  

    #findyourpark #getoutside #sleepingbeardunes #GlenArbor #4thofJuly #summer #vacation #GlenLake #takeahike

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  42. Best beaches in the world

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    In the press…

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been catching PR across the nation for years now, although we still want to protect and keep this secluded gem in the Leelanau Peninsula a secret. Despite our feelings, we’re glad to share it with the world, especially because visitors to our area help make our small businesses thrive!

    Sleeping Bear Point was included in the dune walkers category in National Geographic’s list of picks for “21 Best Beaches in the World.”

    About the trail & beach

    See the official park map

    The Sleeping Bear Point Trail is a 2.8 mile loop through the sand dunes with great views of Lake Michigan and South Manitou Island. There is a 0.5 mile spur hike from the trailhead to the Lake Michigan beach. It is less strenuous than the hike from the Dune Climb to Lake Michigan.


    Quick Links

    Discover other Trails & Scenic Outlooks 

    Seasonal Activities 

    Things to Do around Glen Arbor and the Sleeping Bear Dunes 

  43. Pumpkin Fest 2016

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    Join us for the Inaugural pet family friendly Pumpkin Fest on October 22nd from 1-6pm!

    This celebration of fall will take place downtown Glen Arbor all afternoon, giving participants time to carve their artistic creations, enjoy family friendly activities and contests, followed by a Pumpkin lighting at dusk and a community Dinner.

    From 1-6pm Pumpkins will be provided to carve your masterpieces ~ Free and Open to Children of all ages 🙂 Pumpkins will be placed along M22 and there will be a Grand Lighting at 6:30.

    The fun begins with a Costume Parade for Kids and Pets at 1:30pm. From 2 to 5 There will be live music performed by Jack Pine. There will be lots of  fun, family-friendly activities such as face painting by The Painted Lady from 2-4pm, games & prizes at 2, and again at 4, with a pie eating contest at 3pm. The pumpkins will be lit just before sunset at 6:30pm for the event grand finale. Need refreshments?  There will be a  Beer Garden outside  Art’s Tavern.

    While you’re in town, make sure to shop at our small businesses and eat at the local establishments. Also happening the same day at Anderson’s Market in Glen Arbor is their annual Harvest Fest, right on site. With food and wine tastings, face painting and a brat cookout, there’s plenty of reasons to be in Glen Arbor October 22nd!

    Pumpkin Carving is FREE to participate ~ Open to kids of all ages. Donations Accepted. The Community Dinner is $10 for Adults and $5 for Kids 12 and Under.

    > Join & Share the Event on Facebook

    > Follow @visitglenarbor on Instagram


    #fall #event #familyfriendly #pumpkinfest #glenarbor #pureleelanau #shopsmall #eatlocal #thingstodo #harvest #Oktoberfest #livemusic

    Interested in Volunteering or being a Sponsor?

    Please email Linette right away [email protected]

    Event Sponsors

    Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce

    Glen Arbor B&B

    Cottage Books 

    Northwoods Hardware

  44. Trick or Treating in Glen Arbor

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    Join us on Sunday October 30th 2016, just before Halloween, from 12-4pm for a fun afternoon of trick or treating in downtown Glen Arbor! Dress up in your Halloween finest and bring the whole family for treats from all participating businesses. This is a wonderful event, open to the public, and free for all to enjoy!

    Beyond trick or treating, it’s a great time of year to shop off-season sales, get some locally sourced holiday gifts and dine at a variety of eateries.

    Enjoy plenty of family-friendly recreation from a simple hike in the National Park, take a bike ride on the new section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, play at the Glen Arbor community park, or take a relaxing scenic drive.

    Event photos provided by Bob Ashmun © Ashmun Portrait Art ~ Thank you. Please contact for permission to use.


    #halloween #trickortreat #glenarbor #fall #familyfriendly #thingstodo

  45. Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids Run

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    Yes, this is the 10th Birthday for the Glen Arbor Women’s Club “Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids’ Run.”
    Join us for the celebration on Tuesday, July 26th, at 9:00 a.m. in front of Cherry Republic on Lake St. in Glen Arbor, Michigan.  This is a favorite event for both local residents and visitors.  The 5K is open to everyone.  You can run or walk so our young runners and our seniors can both take part.  We’ve made it a family affair with our 1/2 Mile Kids’ Run for the little ones.  The children get to run with the Bear and take home a ribbon along with coupons for an ice cream cone from Riverfront Ice Cream and a game of miniature golf provided by Dale’s Putt-Putt.  So bring the whole family and enjoy a great morning!
    The main focus of this event is to earn money for scholarships for our great high school seniors.  This year we gave out six scholarships each for $2000.00.  They were awarded to Rowan James Brady, Anne Marie Dunklow, Chris Lodge, Garrett Schaub, Seneca Stairs and Jolene Therrien.  Congratulations Seniors!  The Glen Arbor Women’s Club is extremely proud to have given out over $100,000.00 in scholarship money during these 10 years.
    Be sure to arrive early and join us at 8:40 a.m. for a warm-up for our runners and walkers by Lorie Lenhard, from Lorie’s Pilates located in the Village Sampler.  Local entertainer Pat Niemesto from the group New Third Coast and Cherry Republic’s own Lexi Galla will start the run with the National Anthem.  Our Mascot, Running Bear, will be on hand to cheer on all the runners and charm the children.  He loves his photo shots!
    our winner in 2015, Zach Ripley crossing the finish line

    our winner in 2015, Zach Ripley crossing the finish line

    The 5K begins at 9:00 a.m. and the Kids’ Run will follow at 9:05 a.m.  The run will leave from the corner of Lake and State Streets.  After the run,  join the “Celebration!”  The 1st and 2nd place winners of 10 age categories as well as the male and female over-all best winners will be announced.  They will all receive metals and prizes from Cherry Republic and Crystal River Outfitters and the Cyclery.  We will have lots of great food and a raffle drawing for over fifty prizes for everyone entered in the 5K.  You must be present to win.
    Come out and wish Running Bear a Happy 10th Birthday!  The cost is $15 for the 5K Run/Walk ($18, the day of the run) and $5 for the Kids’ Run.
    You can register online at www.runningbearrun.com, register early on Monday, July 25th at the Glen Arbor Town Hall from 10 – 4, or Tuesday morning from 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. before the start of the Run.   Early registered runners can also pick up their bibs at the Town Hall on Monday.  T-shirts will be available for purchase there as well.
    Be sure to come out and join the fun!  We know you can run faster than the BEAR!!
  46. Escape to Glen Lake | Art poster Series

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    We’re running a series of posters, developed by our 2016 Chamber Marketing Committee.

    Thank you (Angela Brown of LVR, Brook of La Becasse, Jamie Jewell of the Homestead, Bob Ashmun of Ashmun Portrait Art, and Jeff Gietzen of Northwoods Hardware) for our many brainstorm sessions held at LVR around the conference table over Angela’s cookies. The group collectively dreamt up this concept as a way to promote the places to see and many things to do that uniquely represent our greater Glen Lake area that includes Glen Arbor, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, Burdickville, The Narrows, and even stretching to Maple City. After the concept was completed, the poster design/layout was done by Raquel of Rockwell Art & Design. The campaign is also being used as a part of print ads and online promotion, in the GL Chamber’s advertising efforts.

    Photographic images are still being collected, taken or submitted for future poster designs in the series. Feel free to email us your high resolution images and you may get your photo selected to be a part of this poster series! Each photo will be “stylized” using a graphic design technique, to give the image a “painted” retro feel.

    Below is one of the first released in the new poster series, titled “Independence Day” to represent the 4th of July celebrations, highlighting the parade in Glen Arbor. This photo was provided by a local, Don Miller.

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    The series is designed to capture the many things about the Glen Lake area that make it special for residents and visitors alike. The things that make us literally “Escape” when we take in the natural beauty around Glen Lake. The posters will capture the essence of both “Points of Interest” that you must go to or see when you’re here and also the many “Things to Do” that highlight the variety of recreation. The top priorities on our list include •Hiking/Trails •Fall Colors/Wine Tour/Scenic Drives •Pierce Stocking •Heritage Trail •4th of July •Winter Recreation and •Summer Time. And there’s more on the list too.

    The Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the first two 18×24″ Art Posters have been printed and are available. They are also available through Jeff Gietzen at Northwoods Hardware for pick up and distribution. The posters can be displayed inside and out – we’ll have exterior building acrylic holders to show off the image on the outside of your shop or home, so you may change out the poster with the next one, year round. They may also be displayed in your own frame/holder on an interior wall or window, as an art piece to proudly represent the area. Rolled up posters in sleeves will also be sold in retail. The retail price will be $15.

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    Posters for sale at…

    Northwoods Home & Gift

    The Cottage Book Shop

    Escape to Glen Lake_Vintage style Art Posters for Sale_by Rockwell Design for Glen Lake Chamber copy


    Contact Us

    Contact Jeff or Raquel if you’d like to display these art pieces on the interior or exterior of your business and/or sell the poster at a location. Extras will be kept at Northwoods Hardware. We will wholesale them to any interested member or party!

    Raquel | [email protected]  Jeff | [email protected]


    Photo Request

    Images desired:
    1. The ultimate Fall Color/Recreation image either touring colors along M-22 or another Iconic scenic drive
    2. The Heritage Trail/Biking in our area. Faces not the focus, but someone or a group/family using the trail. 
    3. Snowshoeing or Cross Country skiing. Must include something in the image that identify’s it as our area, and doesn’t look like it could be just anywhere. 

    To submit: 
    1. Your images must be a high resolution (300 dpi) jpg, and be in Portrait (Vertical) Orientation
    2. Email your images and name to credit to Raquel Jackson: [email protected]
    If selected, your name will be included in print on the poster. 

  47. 4th of July around Glen Lake

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    Celebrate Independence

    Independence Day gets celebrated usually beginning the day before the 4th with some free, local live music, followed by things to do for everyone. On the “Old School House” lawn – bring your chairs/blankets. From 7 – 8pm, on July 3rd, the Northport Band plays live. FREE to attend, Donations to the Band welcomed.  View Event

    On the 4th – the Flag raising ceremony at Old Settlers Park at 10am sharp, to the Parade downtown Glen Arbor beginning at 12pm in Glen Haven then making it’s way through to the North/East end of town. If you’re a boater, you can join in on the boat parade 4th of July evening on Glen Lake beginning at 4pm in front of the Yacht Club.

    To Participate in the Parade…

    Want a front row seat at the parade? Volunteer! We always need as many parade volunteers as possible.

    Volunteers can pick up a parade t-shirt at Art’s Tavern the week prior to the 4th. Bring your own broom to help walk with the parade and sweep the candy back towards the crowd, to keep kids off the street and safe.

    Want to participate in the parade? Everyone is welcome! Bikers (kids and families) and Walkers can join in the parade starting at the Christian Science Church. Cars and Floats participating in the parade, please meet at Glen Haven to line up 45 min prior to the parade start time. The parade begins at Noon.

    Adventure and beauty awaits

    There’s tons of things to do, in and around the Glen Arbor area. From Dining and Shopping, to the arts; Beaches & Boating and a variety of outdoor recreation; to specific places to visit that are great for kids & families. Visit our “Things to Do” page to get started on your Pure Leelanau adventure.

    Visit the National Park ~ Discover a new hike, trail, scenic drive or outlook or ride.

    Visit our Events page to see what other businesses and community organizations are up to.

    Events in the Glen Lake area

    Things to do in Glen Arbor | List + Links…

    4th of July_Glen Arbor_full band parade_Boonedocks float

     

    Make sure and snap a pic of your #4thofJuly images and share them with us on Instagram!

    Mention @visitglenarbor in your image captions, and also tag these now trending:  

    #findyourpark #getoutside #sleepingbeardunes #GlenArbor #4thofJuly

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  48. Barn Restoration Workshop | June 13-18, 2016

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    Barn Restoration Workshop – June 13-18
    The park will again be hosting our barn restoration workshop June 13-18th 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 20th 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 repairing “Barn Floors and Hewn Building Sills and Floor Joists”.  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 floors and sills, 2) repair of rough sawn floor boards, floor joist and, 3) repair and installation of hewn sills, 4) exterior siding repair, and 5) 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]

  49. Noteworthy things to CELEBRATE in 2016 around Glen Arbor

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    Glen Arbor, it’s residents and business owners all look forward to Memorial Day weekend, where most of all the seasonal shops are open for the season by this weekend. It’s usually nice weather and is a great kick-off to the summer. There’s been some nice changes in town you can look for when you visit, and some noteworthy things to celebrate in the community! Join us and and #findyourpark at the Sleeping Bear Dunes ~ we might be bias, but it’s our favorite National Park 🙂

    The Heritage Trail is undergoing another completion of a new section being added this season: from Port Oneida Historical District, NE along M-22, ending at Bohemian Rd. in Maple City.

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    • The National Park Service celebrates it’s 100 year Anniversary! Check out Sleeping Bear Dunes Centennial Initiative, and get involved. #findyourpark #sleepingbeardunes

    Glen Craft Marina has been in business for 70 years!!! Wow! When it comes to the Glen Lakes and boating, they know what they’re doing! 

    Northwoods Hardware opened a new sister store this year, Northwoods Home & Gift, offering “Home accessories, Thoughtful gifts and Unexpected surprises.” Visit northwoodshardware.com for more on what’s new around Northwoods. 

    Synchronicity Gallery will celebrate it’s 20th year in business. It will undergo a re-brand this year, gallery openings during the summer, staying open later for after dinner summer shopping, and a few other fun updates! Like and follow them on Facebook year-round for artistic inspiration. 

    • The Good Harbor Grill opens for its 25th season on May 21 ~ Congratulation Ann & Brendan! 

    Leelanau Coffee Roasters celebrates their 20th year of business! 

    Momentum apparel shop has new owners ~ stop in to say Hi and Welcome, and see their get some Glen Arbor and Lake Michigan garb. 

    Century 21 Northland / Northland Vacation Rentals has moved across town into a new space, located at: 6391 W. Western Avenue, Glen Arbor

    The Sylvan Inn and the Gersenson’s other property, The Lakeshore Inn, both underwent renovations and updates this winter/spring, open and ready for the summer season. Visit www.sylvaninn.com for more. 

    Serbin Real Estate will be moving to the west end of town and is renovating the building before moving in. Stop in and say hi to Rob Serbin and his real estate team once they get into the new location, at: 6675 W Western Ave., Glen Arbor. Visit serbinrealestate.com to search their listings and the MLS. 

    Follow the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce on Instagram for more beautiful local images, year round. @visitglenarbor 


    Let us know about other local noteworthy things to celebrate by emailing us[email protected]

    Photo, courtesy of Sleeping Bear Dunes NPS

  50. Escape to Glen Lake: In the Spring

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    Plan a Spring trip! Escape to Glen Lake for a #springtour in #leelanauExperience #puremichigan #cherryblossoms.

    Things to do in the area...

    Browse our Business Directory for B&B’s, Resorts, Vacation Rentals, Dining, Shopping and more! 

    #glenarbor #glenlake #sleepingbeardunes

     

    Other things to do around Glen Lake in the Spring:

    • Participate in Glen Lake Restaurant Week. Enjoy everything from French Fries to French Cuisine. Restaurant Week happens annually, the week before Mothers Day. This year it happens from April 29 – May 7. MORE about the event | Browse “Dining & Specialty Foods.”

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    • Wine Tastings around the county. You can taste the local wines any time of year, but the annual Spring Sip and Savor event held by the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail happens April 30th to May 1st. View event listing 

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    • Hunt for rocks along the beach. While it might not be warm enough to bust out the swimsuit, you can still say hi to Lake Michigan. After all, it’s right out our back door. Take Totou for a walk too. You can always find a dog-friendly beach to take a hike on near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Just make sure to pick up and discard #2 🙂

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    • Go Shopping. While not all of the seasonal stores are open, most of them will be by May 1. Be the first in to see what’s new this year. Shopping local is always interesting, providing the opportunity to splurge on local artisan made items, gifts, outdoor gear, cherry products, chocolates, and more. Visit our Business Directory for local retailers.

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    • Take a hike. Spring is a wonderful time to hike the woods. The bugs aren’t out yet, the smell and sight of fresh growth is refreshing. Spring is a time of our beloved State flower’s bloom, the Trillium. Seek a forest floor full of these beautiful white blossoms. And Northern Michigan’s ever popular Morel mushroom can be found during the month of May. Learn more about hunting for Morels. | Check out our list of trails to visit.

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    • Weather permitting, get outside to a local Park, or inside to the Library. There’s the Leland Township Public Library in Leland, and the Glen Lake Library, in Empire…both about equal distance from Glen Arbor, in either direction. Glen Arbor Township Park, off of M-22 next to Northwoods Hardware, has Tennis Courts, covered picnic tables, Basketball, and a sandy Playground. The Myles Kimmerly Recreation Area has fields for Soccer and Baseball, a Disc Golf Course, 1 Basketball Court, Picnic/Shelters and Grills, Restrooms, Playground, 2 Tennis Courts, a Forested area you can hike.