Lighthouse Education and School Tour Visits!
SPLKA believes that the youth of today will be the caretakers of our maritime history tomorrow.  To support that effort and to aid in our mission, we welcome educational visits from all sizes and types of school groups.  If you’re interested in setting up a Group Tour for your students or another type of large group, please:Email or call 231-845-7417 to coordinate a date and time that will suit your needs.  Rachel Bendele, will be happy to work with you. We appreciate you calling in advance so that we may ensure the lighthouses are appropriately staffed.  Due to the popularity of our lights and the busy areas they are located within, those who do not make prior arrangements risk the chance of missing our Group Tour of the light.  We hope to create meaningful and enjoyable learning experiences for all of our visitors, and we would be happy to discuss funding options if your school is struggling with transportation.  We also encourage youth volunteerism and interest in any of our three lights.  Email us to learn more about our burgeoning educational tools and resources: Thank you for your interest in West Michigan’s lighthouses!

1. Almost 30 pages of fun activities for grade school children to learn about Big Sable.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse Educational Packet

2. School or Large Group Tour Application



3. Prepared by Nancy Hallenbeck


4. Prepared by Lenore Janman


5. Properties of Light Lessons by Mark Hallenbeck


6. Lake Michigan Shipwrecks by Mark Hallenbeck

shipwreck lesson plan

7. Lesson Plan: Communication and Morse Code

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8. Lake Michigan SOS Rescue by Bill Mitchell


9. Big Sable Point Boat Accident by Bill Mitchell


10. Lesson Plan: Haiku

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11. Lesson Plan: Lake Michigan - What lies beneath?

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12. Great Lakes Shipping Lesson

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We are proud to have had college students working on a virtual tour of Big Sable and an Escape Room game as well. Please click the links below and then expand to Full Screen Viewing.

Big Sable Virtual Tour

Little Sable Virtual Tour

Escape Room

Sport Ship Dog of the Great Lakes
(read by author Pamela Cameron)