Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Who's Who at the Park

Cooperating Association

Eastern National is a private, non-profit organization that provides quality educational products and services to park visitors. A portion of the proceeds are donated back to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to support interpretive and educational programs. They operate the Bookstores at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, The Dune Center, and the Glen Haven General Store.

Park Partners

In addition to the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes, there are several other organizations that have established a special relationship with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to enhance your experience at the Park. Some of them are located within the Park in historic farmsteads. A list of these organizations with a short description and links to their web sites is provided below.

Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear was founded in 1998 in response to a public outcry to save the historic structures in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore that were being neglected due to lack of maintenance and preservation funds in the Park. Since that time, Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear has been raising awareness and financial support for the preservation of the Lakeshore's nearly 400 historic structures and landscapes as well as conducting stabilization projects with their own volunteers. If you are interested in the cultural history of this area, check out their website www.phsb.org or stop by their interpretive center at the Lakeshore's historic Olsen Farm on M-22 north of Glen Arbor.

The Manitou Islands Memorial Society helps preserve the history and cultural traditions of the Islands, distributes educational and interpretive materials and programs, keeps records of burials and gravesites of original settlers and others interred on the Islands, promotes the proper care and maintenance of the Islands' historic and cultural assets, and supports the Park Service as volunteers on the Islands.

The Glen Arbor Art Association has been working with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to restore Thoreson Farm, one of the historic farms in the Park. The objective is the development of a site which can expand GLAA programs such as Artist-in-Residence, summer workshops and Manitou Music Festival events to be enjoyed in beautiful surroundings where the previously decaying buildings will be restored and preserved for the nation and future generations.

Eastern National is a private, non-profit organization that provides quality educational products and services to park visitors. A portion of the proceeds are donated back to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to support interpretive and educational programs. They operate the Bookstores at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, The Dune Center, and the Glen Haven General Store.

Heading to North or South Manitou Island? Access to the islands is by either private boat or by passenger ferry operated by Manitou Island Transit. The ferry service operates from the Fishtown Dock located in Leland, MI. The ferry operators have been servicing the islands for many generations and the company is still run as a family business.