Lighthouse keepers offering virtual educational programs.

September 3, 2020

Big Sable Point Lighthouse.

Lighthouse keepers offering virtual educational programs.

LUDINGTON — Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and record high water levels on Lake Michigan, Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPKLA) was forced to close three of its four western Michigan lighthouses.  In response to these closures and reduction in public access, SPLKA’s education committee has delivered a number of resources for educators and the general public consistent with SPLKA’s mission to preserve, promote and educate.  

SPLKA Vice President Mark Hallenbeck outlined the initiatives this way: “We have resources to satisfy nearly everyone’s interest.  We have a virtual tour, a book reading, and most importantly, K-12 teacher lesson plans that are consistent with Michigan education standards.”

The virtual tour incorporates contemporary video footage and historical photos as well as journal reflections of actual keepers.  Education committee member Pamela Cameron reads her book, “Sport, Ship Dog of the Great Lakes”, available, along with the virtual tour, on

Executive Director Peter Manting stated “the educational materials and lessons plans are a significant undertaking and an extremely valuable offering for Michigan educators.  These will be delivered for use at no charge as each lesson plan becomes available.”

SPLKA is a Michigan-based non-profit managing Big Sable Point, Little Sable Point, Ludington North Breakwater and White River Light Station facilities.  For more information, contact Peter Manting at or the office at 231-845-7417.


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