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

A Norte! Story: Avery Bikes Happy With Every Kid In A Park

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Meet Avery. Avery is a 4th grader at Woodland School. Earlier this fall, Avery joined us for our adventure to Sleeping Bear to get her Every Kid In A Park pass. We rode the BATA bus, pedaled bikes, climbed sand dunes, explored a museum and ate ice cream. It was awesome.

We asked Avery to share her experience. Here’s her story:

Every Kid In A Park With Norte!
by: Avery Sill

On September 27, 2015 I did my second Norte! ride. It was called an “Every Kid in a Park” Adventure.” My mom drove me to the BATA bus stop at Hall Street where we were to meet the other riders in the Norte! group. I was kind of nervous at first because I didn’t know anyone that I was riding with. But right when I got there everyone was so nice that I forgot that I was nervous.

We loaded up the bikes and got on the bus. Then the bus drove us to the visitors’ center at Sleeping Bear Dunes. As a Fourth Grader, I was given a free pass to any National Park in the country! Then we rode our bikes along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. The trail was very hilly.

We were riding through a tunnel of trees. I felt like I was riding in a fairy tale. When we got to the dunes we climbed and climbed and climbed. After we climbed we had lunch, then we climbed some more. It was so fun. I got a lot of sand in my clothes, hair, nose, and ears, but it was worth it!

After Sleeping Bear Dunes, we took the Heritage Trail to Glen Haven on our bikes. We explored the boat museum and the black smith’s shop. At the boat museum there was a super cool scavenger hunt! Then we rode to Glen Arbor to have ice cream at Cherry Republic. The ice cream was delicious. Next we rode to the bus stop to get picked up to go home. My legs were pretty tired but I wanted to keep riding.

At the end of the day I had made a couple of new friends. I felt really proud of myself for riding thirteen miles, more than I had ever ridden before! This day was one of the best experiences of my life. I think the best part was riding with Norte!. Norte! is a very welcoming and encouraging group. I am so excited to be a part of Norte!.

Our Every Kid In A Park Photo Gallery

Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Avery, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you like Avery’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.

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