Park offers Saturdays at the Lakeshore in April

From staff reports

Attend a ranger-led program at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore this April during “Saturdays at the Lakeshore”. Explore the park while learning about myths and legends, spring love , becoming a Junior Ranger, and figuring out what is lurking in the trees, all while getting healthy. Join a Park Ranger as they share some of their favorite places.

Every Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., a Park Ranger awaits you at the Visitor Center in Empire to introduce a topic and then lead a car caravan a short distance to where the walk will begin. Each week features a different topic and location. The hikes last 1 to 1 ½ hours and are no longer than 1 ½ miles. Dress for the weather; layers and boots are recommended.

April 2 – Myths and Legends: Fact or Fiction?
Come hear about the many myths and legends regarding Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Decide for yourself if there is a house buried beneath the dunes or if a land pirate roamed the area. Join us to hear these stories and many others.

April 9 – Spring Love Is in the Air
Whether it’s romantic, familial, or biological, spring love is in the air. Discover flora and fauna fondness on a spring hike with a ranger. Bring your sweetheart!

April 16 – Healthy Parks Healthy People
That’s the Point! Join a ranger for a healthy hike through the Sleeping Bear Point Trail. This leisurely paced walk through the 2.8-mile loop of hilly sand dunes and woods will get your leg muscles warm, your heart pumping, and your senses savoring the views. This is the kick-off to National Park Week.

April 23 – National Junior Ranger Day
This year’s Junior Ranger Day will not only be focused on exploring and learning about the park, but also why the park is a great place to help you be healthy and active. Kids of all ages are invited to attend any or all of the events.

April 30 – What’s Lurking In The Trees?
There are things we don’t see that threaten our trees. Join a Park Ranger for a hike in the woods as we learn about the threat to North American Forests from non-native insects and diseases.

Participants need only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. In honor of National Park Week from April 16-24, entrance fees at the National Lakeshore and all National Park sites will be waived. Reservations are not required, but are suggested if you wish to bring a group. Please call (231) 326-5134 extension 328 for details, or visit