Docent and Tour Guides
Historic Sleeping Bear docents are friendly, outgoing individuals who love the pioneer heritage within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. They serve primarily at the Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center where visitors take a self-guided tour. They familiarize themselves with the history, facilitate the visit, answer questions, and do research. They also work at the Port Oneida Fair, are responsible for sale items in the store, and serve as wonderful ambassadors for what we do!
In addition, we have volunteers that want to get out on the landscape and give guided tours of the historic buildings and the farm life of these early settlers either via auto tours, bike tours, or narrating our horse and wagon tours. Tours by car and bike are 1.5 to 2 hours, horse and wagon tours are 1 hour.
About HISTORIC SLEEPING BEAR Preservation
PO BOX 453, EMPIRE, MI 49630, US
Official partner of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to assist in preserving and interpreting its historic buildings, landscape and rich heritage of the early 19th century.
Our office is housed at the Olsen Farm - now the Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center in the park. Since 1998 when the park started to tear down or allow moldering of its over 360 historic features, we have successfully advocated for their preservation and actively been involved in fundraising for preservation projects as well as conducting hands-on volunteer projects. Educational programs that inform the visitor of the history within the landscape is evolving and we are the co-founders and fiduciary for the popular Port Oneida Cultural Fair. While continuing to expand these core activities of preserving the history and telling the story - we are entering a more robust chapter of working toward adaptive-reuse of more historic structures. In 2018 we received the Community Preservation Award from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.
3164 W HARBOR HWYMAPLE CITY, MI 49664
- Office Reception
- Customer Service
- Program Management
- Community Outreach
- People Skills
- Public Speaking
- People 55+
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Docents - 3 hour shifts - 11 am - 2; and 2 - 5 pm with a minimum of two times per month between June and mid-October.