8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
In 2018, the National Lakeshore will be hosting a series of monthly astronomy programs that run from April through October. Park rangers and members of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) will help you unravel
some of the mysteries of the night sky as well as discover more about the daytime sky.
This date marks the 48 th Anniversary of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Celebrate the
National Lakeshore’s birthday with the final Star Party of 2018. This will be a great occasion to
observe the 93% gibbous moon and planets Mars and Saturn. Please park in the row furthest from
the dunes with your headlights facing M-109.
The events will be cancelled for inclement weather or if the stars are not visible due to cloudy
weather conditions. The decision to cancel will be made two hours in advance of the event; please
call 231-326- 4700, ext. 5005, for a voicemail message with the decision.
All 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. Passes may be
purchased at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire and cost $20 per vehicle for seven days.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a red filtered flashlight (white light will spoil your night vision) for thewalk back to their cars. Visitors may also want to bring binoculars, beach chairs, blankets, bug spray and water.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Dune Climb