Sleeping Bear Dunes Invites Public To Celebrate Anniversary

People will have the opportunity to virtually celebrate the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Thursday for their 51st anniversary.

”We’re saying 51 is the new 50 because we feel like we didn’t have the opportunity to have a big 50th anniversary last year,” said Emily Sunblade, Lead Education Ranger for the Sleeping Bear Dunes. ”Last year, because of COVID, we had to change a lot of our plans to celebrate our 50th anniversary.”

During the celebration, the park will have trivia and guest speakers.

”We’re going to cover some messaging from our superintendent about what it’s like to be in our 50th year, what our plans are going forward as a national park service site, and then also have some messages from our partner organizations,” said Sunblade.

The park will also announce the name of their new mobile visitors center.

“We’ve narrowed it down to four choices, and we’re going to have our last round of voting this week on social media, as well as here at the visitors center,” said Sunblade. “Part of our celebration will be announcing that fun new name to the public.”

The park is working with Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes to put on the 30 minute virtual event.

“Sleeping Bear Dunes is such a special place because it’s a place where people can come and recreate, and enjoy the natural world, take in the history and the culture that we have here as well,” Sunblade said.

To join the virtual celebration and for more information click here.

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