Onekama Elementary teacher Sally Catanese with her Third Grade class at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Got Sand?
Onekama Third Grade Explores Sleeping Bear Dunes

On Wednesday, May 22, Onekama Elementary School third grade teacher Sally Catanese told her students to go take a hike. The students, along with their teacher and a large group of parents, boarded the school bus and headed north to Empire. Their destination? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.

Prior to the field trip, Catanese read with her students The Legend of Sleeping Bear by Kathy-Jo Wargin, a book that tells the story of a mother bear and her two cubs, the legend behind the natural wonder known as Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Upon arrival at the park, students viewed a short video about the history and typography of the area. “This trip ties in wonderfully with our classroom study of glaciers and land formations, as well as our genre study of legends,” explained Catanese, who has taken her students to Sleeping Bear Dunes for more than twenty years.  

The remainder of the day was spent climbing, descending, and climbing the dunes again and again.

“I loved learning about how the dunes were formed, and then getting to climb to the very top with my friends,” said third grade student Madisen Clouse. “From up there, I could see all of Lake Michigan.”

Students enjoyed nice weather, a picnic lunch, and a new appreciation for the breathtaking national treasure that Northern Michigan is proud to call its own.

Sophie Wisniski, Ellery McIsaac and Ashley McGrady take flight

<--The students hit the trail.



Mairin McCarthy and
Ashley McGrady learn
about the area’s vegetation
 at the park museum. ->

Students and parents explore the shore

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