Park Rangers of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be guiding a different “Saturdays at the Lakeshore” program every Saturday in October. All programs are free and open to the public, no more than a mile and a half round trip, and all take place in the National Lakeshore.
October 6 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) - Picture Perfect Fall Foliage: Join a Park Ranger at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire for a quick refresher on photo basics, tips, and tricks . Discover how to get the most from your camera on one of the park's colorful trails so you will be ready to capture fall's peak display.
October 13 (7:30-9:30 p.m.) - Historic Beach Patrol: Join Park Rangers at the Maritime Museum for shipwreck stories and a re-enactment of a surfman’s night patrol.
October 13 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) - Aliens Among Us: Meet at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire to discover which aliens invaded and which ones came in peace, and how to recognize the difference and launch your own counterattack in the park and in your own backyard.
October 14 (3:00-4:30 p.m.) - Halloween Creature Feature FUN: Join a Park Ranger at the D. H. Day Log Cabin for a FUN afternoon of games, activities, and exploration to discover why animals like bats, spiders, snakes, and owls are not really all that frightening.
October 20 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) - Cemetery Story Stroll: Meet at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire to learn about the history and mystery of the gravestones while strolling through one of the National Lakeshore’s historic cemeteries.
October 20 (7:30-9:30 p.m.) - Historic Beach Patrol: Join Park Rangers at the Maritime Museum for shipwreck stories and a re-enactment of a surfman’s night patrol.
October 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m.) - Anniversary Star Party: Join Park Rangers and the GTAS at the #3 Overlook on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive to celebrate the 42nd Anniversary of Sleeping Bear Dunes becoming a National Lakeshore. They will be setting their sights on the first quarter moon, Mars, and Saturn.
October 27 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) - A Ghost Town’s Fruity History: Meet at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. Glen Haven may have been built with wood, but it was this ghost town’s fruity history that influenced today’s cherry capital.