Norte! goes to Sleeping Bear: An Every Kid In A Park adventure

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Explore your parks and public lands by bicycle with thousands of people across the country on the same day — the first ever Bike Your Park Day is this Saturday, September 24.

Bring your friends and family and join the celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial, Adventure Cycling’s 40th, and National Public Lands Day, a free entrance day in some parks.

Also, Every Kid In A Park is a federal program that allows 4th graders and their entire family to score free access to all national parks/lakeshores, forests and wildlife refuges across the country for the 2016-17 school year.

How It Works:

Meet us at 9:15 on the Hall Street Bus Station with your bike to take the 9:30 BATA Bike-Bus to Glenn Arbor. Or just meet us at Cherry Republic in Glenn Arbor at 10:40.

Bike to Glen Haven on the trail to explore the beaches and museums.

Ride the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail to the Dune Climb for snacks/lunch.

Pedal to Empire’s Sleeping Bear Dunes visitor center to get the 4th grader’s free national park pass.

Catch the 2:40 bus back to TC from Empire arriving home at 4:00. Or pedal back to your car in Glenn Arbor if you drove.

BYO-snacks/lunch. Bus riders should also bring $3 to cover the fare to and from the park.

Every Kid in a Park pass info HERE.

BATA’s Bike n Ride schedule HERE.

Please RSVP:

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Email questions to hello@elgruponorte.org

Norte! Goes To Sleeping Bear Dunes: An Every Kid In A Park Photo Gallery

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Norte! had a blast spending the day with a bunch of awesome 4th graders at Sleeping Bear Dunes this past weekend!
We rode buses. We pedaled bikes. We climbed sand dunes. We ate ice cream. And we scored our Every Kid In A Park passes. A wonderful day.
Some very special Thank Yous to:
  • BATA’s Bike-N-Ride bus for getting us out to Empire and home from Glen Arbor.. The bus ride could not have been better and we had a lot of parents (and trail users at the park) ask about how they can use Bike-n-Ride service next summer – and several kids asked if they can do it again every weekend!
  • Cherry Republic for the super special, rockstar treatment, hospitality and yummy ice cream, of course. A special treat after getting up those big hills on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.
  • Mr. Clark, Norte!’s board member and Chief Adventure Officer (CAO) for organizing/leading/awesome’ing this great outing.
Enjoy your national parks this year, kids, and we’ll do it again next year.

Read more about our Sleeping Bear Dunes Adventure for 4th graders HERE

Every Kid In A Park: A Norte! Adventure To Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Every Kid In A Park is a new federal program that allows 4th graders and their entire family to score free access to all national parks/lakeshores, forests and wildlife refuges across the country for the 2015-16 school year.

Norte! wants to help a few Traverse City 4th graders get theirs by way of a super FUN Sleeping Bear Dunes adventure on Sunday, September 27.

How It Works:

  1. Meet us at 9:15 on Hall Street near downtown this Sunday with your bike to take the 9:30 BATA Bike-Bus to Empire.
  2. Pedal to the nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes visitor center to get your free national park pass.
  3. Ride the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail to the Dune Climb to eat your brown bag lunch.
  4. Bike to Glen Haven on the trail to explore the beaches and museums.
  5. Pedal the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail to Glen Arbor for ice cream.
  6. Catch the 3:00 bus back to TC from Glen Arbor arriving home at 4:00.

The cost is $3 to cover the bus fare to and from the park. Muchas Gracias to the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Cherry Republic for the ice cream.

Ice cream Norte!’s treat.

Space is limited so please sign up HERE.

This adventure will be led by Norte! board member/BATA Bus champion/National Park Service volunteer/piping plover lover, Mr. Bill Clark.

We will  need 1-2 volunteer chaperones so if you’d like to help, let us know HERE.

Learn more about the Every Kid In A Park program HERE.

Email questions to hello@elgruponorte.org