Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Celebrates 51st Anniversary

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Empire Bluff Overlook

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Lakeshore) is continuing to celebrate the park’s 50th anniversary with the theme of 51 is the new 50. The Lakeshore and Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes are holding a virtual celebration on the park’s anniversary, Thursday, October 21. This half-hourlong Zoom event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Links to this Zoom session can be found on the park’s website events calendar at

The Lakeshore was established by Congress on October 21, 1970. Although the pandemic has thwarted efforts to hold any big, in-person gathering for the 50th anniversary year, these events will be a great opportunity to celebrate this milestone, as well as provide a chance to learn and engage with park rangers, partners, and visitors from the comfort of your own home. Attendees can expect messages from park staff and park partners, unveiling of the name of the park’s new mobile visitor center, and a chance to see the park’s time capsule before it is left untouched for the next 25 years. Visitors to the virtual event will be able to interact with park staff via Zoom’s question and answer function.