Climate Change at Sleeping Bear Dunes - FREE!

by  Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Can’t make it to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore? We’ve got you covered with our new distance learning programs! Our "Climate Change at Sleeping Bear Dunes" program will introduce your students to the concepts involved with global climate change, then dive into the specific effects rangers are seeing on the area in and around Sleeping Bear Dunes as well as what they can do to make positive changes in their communities. Complete a pre-visit lesson with your students, get a virtual visit from a ranger, and wrap things up with a post-visit lesson.

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Community Interests, Gifted & Talented, Problem Solving, Sciences, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Special Needs

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Booking Information

Rangers are available for programs Monday through Friday 8am till 5pm EST. Exceptions may be made for programs to be scheduled outside of these hours, within reason.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We ask that you please give at least 24 hours notice for a cancellation or rescheduling.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

United States

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It hugs the northeast shore of Lake Michigan and includes South and North Manitou islands. The park is known for the huge scalable dunes of the Dune Climb. Beaches include Platte River Point, where the river flows into the lake. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail winds through forests and the Port Oneida area with its 19th-century farmsteads.

Education Team

Program Details


1. This program begins with a discussion about the National Park Service "arrowhead" emblem.
2. Participants then watch a short introductory video about Sleeping Bear Dunes.
3. We get into the core of the program by defining terms such as the difference between weather and climate..
4. Concepts such as the greenhouse effect and current statistics on global climate change are discussed.
5. A "create your own dune critter" activity begins, which we will circle back to near the end.
6. Zooming in on Sleeping Bear Dunes, specific examples are given of how climate change has changed impacted the Lakeshore.
7. Participants will show off their creations and discuss how they might be affected by a changing climate.
8. Some time will be spent processing everyone's feeling about the issue.
9. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


-justify the importance of preserving the Great Lakes
-summarize key principles for Great Lakes Literacy
-make connections about the importance of the Great Lakes to students' lives
-describe how the Great Lakes and Sleeping Bear Dunes are impacted by climate change
-use a platform to share information about the impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS1C 6-8 -- The history of planet Earth
ESS2A 6-8 -- Earth materials and systems
ESS2B 6-8 -- Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions
ESS2D 6-8 -- Weather and climate
ESS3A 6-8 -- Natural resources
ESS3B 6-8 -- Natural hazards
ESS3C 6-8 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3D 6-8 -- Global climate change