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Stargazing with the Chicago Astronomical Society

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, November 07, 2015
Stargazing with the Chicago Astronomical Society

First Saturday Stargazing program runs November 7 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Kemil Beach parking lot. Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society as they view the night sky through telescopes to see the Milky Way crossing the night sky overhead from north-east to south-west. Expect to see examples of ancient star clusters like the Hercules Globular Cluster and young Star Clusters like the Wild Duck Cluster. There will also be colored double stars, planetary nebula, and the Andromeda Galaxy. These programs will continue on the first Saturday of every month, except March and July. http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/kemil-beach.htm

Wilderness Inquiry at the Marquette Park Lagoons

9:15 am - 2:30 pm, October 14, 2015

Wilderness Inquiry Canomobile partners with the National Park Service to give kids a chance to see get outside and experience the outdoors like the voyageurs and paddle a 24 ft canoe. We need help getting the kids off and on the boats. If you help you can come for a paddle too! We are going to be at three different locations: Marquette Lagoons Monday Sept 28, Tues Sept 29, Wed. Oct 14 8:00am to 3:00pm Hammond-Wolf Lake Mon Sept 28- Fri Oct 2, Mon Oct 5-Wed Oct 7 7:45-2:30 Hobart-Deep River Thurs Oct 8-Fri Oct 9, Mon Oct 12-Fri Oct 16 9:15-2:30pm Sign up to volunteer at https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?states=INWilderness Inquiry Canomobile 2015

Check out Wilderness Inquiry website for more information on their programs. https://www.wildernessinquiry.org/…/employment-v…/volunteer/



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Wilderness Inquiry at the Marquette Park Lagoons

9:15 am - 2:30 pm, October 14, 2015

Wilderness Inquiry Canomobile partners with the National Park Service to give kids a chance to see get outside and experience the outdoors like the voyageurs and paddle a 24 ft canoe. We need help getting the kids off and on the boats. If you help you can come for a paddle too! We are going to be at three different locations: Marquette Lagoons Monday Sept 28, Tues Sept 29, Wed. Oct 14 8:00am to 3:00pm Hammond-Wolf Lake Mon Sept 28- Fri Oct 2, Mon Oct 5-Wed Oct 7 7:45-2:30 Hobart-Deep River Thurs Oct 8-Fri Oct 9, Mon Oct 12-Fri Oct 16 9:15-2:30pm Sign up to volunteer at https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?states=INWilderness Inquiry Canomobile 2015

Check out Wilderness Inquiry website for more information on their programs. https://www.wildernessinquiry.org/…/employment-v…/volunteer/

Jeff Manes Book Signing

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, March 18, 2016
Jeff Manes Book Signing

You are invited to Jeff Manes’ book signing at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts on Friday, March 18 from 6-9pm. Jeff was a steelworker and now writes a column for the Post Tribune. “All Worth Their Salt” is a brilliant collection of interviews of a cross section of a region of Indiana that few people know of – Northwest Indiana. This collection tells the story of immigrants, steel mill workers, veterans of World War II, and people who think they are just plain folk without a story to tell, but when the author sits down with them, he brings out what makes them unique. Join us as he tells some of the stories he has learned from local people throughout the years, and buy a signed book or 3. Free event – open to the public – everyone is welcome!

Stargazing with the Chicago Astronomical Society

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, November 07, 2015
Stargazing with the Chicago Astronomical Society

First Saturday Stargazing program runs November 7 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Kemil Beach parking lot. Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society as they view the night sky through telescopes to see the Milky Way crossing the night sky overhead from north-east to south-west. Expect to see examples of ancient star clusters like the Hercules Globular Cluster and young Star Clusters like the Wild Duck Cluster. There will also be colored double stars, planetary nebula, and the Andromeda Galaxy. These programs will continue on the first Saturday of every month, except March and July. http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/kemil-beach.htm

Stargazing with the Chicago Astronomical Society

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, December 05, 2015

First Saturday Stargazing program runs November 7 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Kemil Beach parking lot. Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society as they view the night sky through telescopes to see the Milky Way crossing the night sky overhead from north-east to south-west. Expect to see examples of ancient star clusters like the Hercules Globular Cluster and young Star Clusters like the Wild Duck Cluster. There will also be colored double stars, planetary nebula, and the Andromeda Galaxy. These programs will continue on the first Saturday of every month, except March and July.   http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/kemil-beach.htm

Stargazing with the Chicago Astronomical Society

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, January 02, 2016
Stargazing with the Chicago Astronomical Society

First Saturday Stargazing program runs from 5 pm to 7 pm at Kemil Beach parking lot. Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society as they view the night sky through telescopes to see the Milky Way crossing the night sky overhead from north-east to south-west. Expect to see examples of ancient star clusters like the Hercules Globular Cluster and young Star Clusters like the Wild Duck Cluster. There will also be colored double stars, planetary nebula, and the Andromeda Galaxy. These programs will continue on the first Saturday of every month, except March and July. http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/kemil-beach.htm

NPS Anniversary Kick Off / Cake Off Celebration

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, November 05, 2015

Next year Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will turn 50 years young. Join us on our 49th anniversary as we kick off the year long celebration leading up to this milestone. Festivities will be at the Visitor Center from 4:00 to 7:00pm. Many of our partners will provide cakes for your enjoyment!

Birding with Ken Brock

7:00 am - 10:00 am, November 07, 2015

Join birding expert Ken Brock on Saturday mornings in November at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. Brock, author of "The Birds of Indiana Dunes" will be located at the Portage Lakefront pavilion in search of migratory waterfowl and other birds. If it is not a good day for birding along the lakefront, the program will be moved to another location and a ranger will notify you upon arrival at Portage Lakefront. This program is being offered every Saturday morning for the month of November.

Diana of the Dunes

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, November 07, 2015

Guests can join a park ranger Saturday for an afternoon of programs honoring the mysterious Alice Mabel Gray, better known as Diana of the Dunes. At 1 p.m., local musical duo Marti Pizzini and Susan Keldsen set the tone by performing songs of the Diana era. After a short break, historians Serena Sutliff, Joan Costello and Susan Swarner from the Westchester Township Museum will present the legend of Diana of the Dunes through entertaining stories complete with visuals. The afternoon will conclude with Janet Edwards, author of "Diana of the Dunes, the True Story of Alice Gray," discussing her research that separated myth from fact. Edwards will be available after the program to sign copies of her book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the visitor center's bookstore.

Green Gary Day

12:00 am - (All Day), April 23, 2016

Gary Parks Department, Green Urbanism and National Parks Services celebrate Earth Day by learning about and participating in a variety of environmental activities at your neighborhood national park. The event takes place at the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education and Marquette Park in Gary and will include nature hikes, plant trees, environmental presentations, arts and crafts, and much more. Highlights include: • Hike with a ranger around Miller Woods and out to the beach for the more adventurous. • Talk to a wildland firefighter from the National Park Service fire crew. • Earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Green Drinks Gary - Creating a Calumet National Heritage Area

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, May 03, 2016

Come on out to Mama Pearl’s BBQ, located at 411 East 5th Avenue in Gary, Indiana, on May 3rd from 6 - 8pm for Green Drinks Gary and learn about the ongoing effort, led by the Calumet Heritage Partnership and The Field Museum, to create a Calumet National Heritage Area. National Heritage Areas shine a light on local heritage that is nationally important. In doing so they can attract tourism, new economic opportunities, and increase civic engagement. They are grass-roots initiatives that receive federal support, but need the support of locals to become a reality. Come learn more, and how you can get involved.   *From 6-6:30pm we encourage attendees to network with one another, order food, and get settled in. The guest speaker's presentation will begin at 6:30pm. Mama Pearl's does not serve alcohol however attendees are welcome to bring their own (byob).*   Presenter(s): Mario Longoni is an Urban Anthropology Manager in the Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum. His work in the Calumet Region dates back to 2002 when he contributed to the Journey Through Calumet project (http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/calumet/), highlighting the Region's cultural assets. Subsequently he produced the Grab This Fish Tale comic book (https://www.fieldmuseum.org/sites/default/files/FishTale_web_0.pdf) to advise Calumet anglers on smart fish consumption. Like these previous projects, the Calumet National Heritage Area initiative aims to improve local quality of life by building on the existing strengths and resources of local communities and the wider region.   For additional information on this and future events please visit Green Drinks Gary’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/GreenDrinksGary, join our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1682928161975070/, check out our website at http://www.greendrinks.org/IN/Gary, or send an email to garygreendrinks@gmail.com.   See you May 3rd! Until then…STAY CALM and THINK GREEN.   Green Drinks Gary takes place every first Tuesday of the month. It is open to the public, free to attend and all ages are welcome!   Green Drinks Gary is organized and managed by Rachel Veronesi, Cathy Martin and Cassandra Cannon.

MGC General Meeting

10:00 am - 11:00 am, October 15, 2016

Corey Hagelberg Art Opening at Firme Gallery

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, September 09, 2016

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Shirley Heinze Volunteer Workday in Hobart

9:00 am - 12:00 pm, September 10, 2016

Shirley Heinze Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help construct a new boardwalk addition at Gordon and Faith Greiner nature preserve in Hobart. We are working to improve this site with additional trails, boardwalks, informational signs, and a new parking area. The preserve features a diverse landscape of restored prairie, wetlands, and sand savanna. There is a large boardwalk that allows visitors to cross the forested wetland between the prairie and woodland areas. Unusually high water levels have prevented visitors from reaching the boardwalk from the prairie. We would like to extend this boardwalk to prevent the need for wading through water to enjoy the site. The workday will include moving lumber out to the site and installing support boards and decking to extend the existing boardwalk. The conditions will likely be muddy ground and/or standing water (rubber boots recommended). Volunteers may use power tools such as drills and saws to help construct the new boardwalk. Staff will have all the necessary tools and equipment on hand, including extra gloves, safety goggles, and drinking water. Directions to site: From Ridge Rd. (East 37th Ave) in Hobart, travel south on Liverpool Road about .80 miles. The entrance is located on the west side of Liverpool Road. Please RSVP to our Stewardship Director, Eric Bird at ebird@heinzetrust.org or by calling (219) 242-8558. We hope you can come out and lend a hand!

Nature Tots* - Douglas Center

12:00 am - 12:00 am, September 14, 2016

*Pre-registration required - Parents and toddlers are invited to participate in this monthly nature exploration program. Nature Tots, aged 2-5, will enjoy ranger-led story time, crafts and outdoor play. Parents will enjoy meeting other parents and learning fun ideas for bringing nature into their child’s life. This program is free, but pre-registration is required by calling 219-395-1821.

Stewardship Day* Coastal Cleanup

9:00 am - 12:00 pm, September 17, 2016

Call for Location (219) 395-1882 Join a ranger and help out against the attack of invasive plant species in the park. Come prepared to work in the soil. Gloves and equipment will be provided. For more information please visit https://greatlakes.org/event/2016-september-adopt-a-beach/ If you'd to help out again or are unable to attend this scheduled cleanup event, you can join us on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm, where we will be celebrating National Public Lands Day with several volunteer projects that need your help.

Early Detection Invasive Species Training for Paddlers and More

5:30 pm - 5:30 pm, September 29, 2016

Paddlers can play a key role in detecting and preventing both aquatic and terrestrial species invasions in the Lake Michigan Coastal area of Northwest Indiana. Come to the Sunset Paddle a little earlier than usual 5:00 – 5:30 pm. – to find out species we should be concerned about in Miller, how you can report them, and why they should be reported. You’ll also learn how to use the easy-to-use smartphone application for mapping and reporting invasive species offered by the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN). A smartphone is not required, however, as the data can also be entered into www.eddmaps.org/Indiana. To maximize your participation, you may want to create a profile for yourself on www.eddmaps.org/Indianaand download the free GLEDN application. This program will be led by Susan MiHalo, Conservation Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy and Chair of the Indiana Coastal Cooperative Weed Management Area. to reserve a kayak please contact Zully JF Alvarado

Fall Colors Hike - Douglas Center

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, October 08, 2016

Join a ranger for a leisurely fall colors hike through Miller Woods. Learn the mystery of why some tree leaves turn red while other leaves turn yellow. Enjoy, too, the colorful trail palette made by fall wildflowers like asters and goldenrods while we look for migrating birds. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website atwww.nps.gov/indu. #nps #nps100 #indu50 #findyourpark #indu #indiana #fallevents #hiking

Volunteer Workday: Boardwalk Work & Seed Collecting

9:00 am - 12:00 pm, October 08, 2016

We need you! Shirley Heinze Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help us construct a new boardwalk addition and also collect seeds from the prairie at our Gordon & Faith Greiner Nature Preserve in Hobart. We are working to improve this site with additional trails, boardwalks, informational signs, and a new parking area. Seeds collected will be used in upcoming restoration projects. The site features a diverse landscape of restored prairie, wetlands, and sand savanna. There is a large boardwalk that allows visitors to cross the forested wetland between the prairie and woodland areas. Unusually high water levels have prevented visitors from reaching the boardwalk from the prairie. We would like to extend this boardwalk to prevent trail closures and habitat disturbance. Seed collection is a fun activity for all ages and is a good opportunity to learn about some of the native plants found in tallgrass prairies. Shirley Heinze Land Trust has several large restoration projects coming up that will require large amounts of native seed. Volunteers play a critical part in helping us harvest this seed - otherwise, purchasing seed can be very expensive. Collecting seeds from existing preserves also helps to ensure that the seeds used for restoration projects are from local genotypes and will be well suited to the habitat where they are planted. The workday will also include moving lumber out to the site and installing support boards and decking to extend the existing boardwalk. The conditions will likely be muddy ground and/or standing water (rubber boots recommended). Volunteers may use power tools such as drills and saws to help construct the new boardwalk. Staff will have all the necessary tools and equipment on hand, including extra gloves, safety goggles, and drinking water. We depend on volunteers to help us keep trails open, restore important habitat, and continue to protect these special places for the region's health and enjoyment. You are an essential part of our mission! Directions to site: From Ridge Rd. (East 37th Ave) in Hobart, travel south on Liverpool Road about .80 miles. The entrance is located on the west side of Liverpool Road. Please RSVP to our Stewardship Director, Eric Bird at ebird@heinzetrust.org or by calling (219) 242-8558. We hope you can come out and lend a hand!

Arts and Nature in the Calumet Region and Nationwide

11:00 am - 3:00 pm, November 12, 2016

You’re invited to come to “Arts & Nature in the Calumet Region & Nationwide,” an event at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that celebrates the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s 50th Anniversary and National Park Service’s Centennial. We convene at the Paul Douglas Center for Environmental Education on November 12th. This event includes: Soundwalk on the Miller Trail—Enjoy unique listening experiences at the Douglas Center and along the Miller Woods trail, and consider how soundscapes experienced here relate to wildlife conservation and our appreciation of northwest Indiana’s natural splendor. Stay afterwards, as we talk about the soundscapes experienced in Miller Woods. (11 a.m.-noon) Arts Making Activities Inspired by Nature, including leaf poem collage-making, mixed media artworks, and other activities. (ongoing, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.) Poetry Readings and Performances by youth and adults, including high school and college students from the Calumet Region, including Gary and Chicago. (1-3 p.m.) “Arts & Nature in the Calumet Region & Nationwide” is presented by the Borderbend Arts Collective, in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and other park partners. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller section of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1821 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 413 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year. Check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNL.

Free Bus Tours at the National Lakeshore

9:00 am - 1:00 pm, November 13, 2016

*Free but reservation required by calling 219-395-1882. Join a ranger this fall or winter for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park's 16-passenger buses. This is a great way to see the park’s fall colors and winter landscapes without having to do a lot of walking. The tours meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, which is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94, in Porter, Indiana. After a brief introduction, participants will board a bus for a two-hour tour, during which the ranger will share interesting facts about the national park and surrounding area. Upcoming tour dates and start times are November 13, 2016, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, December 18, 2016, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, and January 22, 2017, at 1:00 pm. *The tours are free, but reservations are required. Call 219-395-1882 to make reservations and to find out more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Also, please check out the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

Music Heritage Series

12:00 am - 10:30 pm, November 18, 2016

Tune up your vocal chords and join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with the summer season at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center. The Save the Tunes Council is a group of local musicians devoted to preserving and passing on folk songs in the traditional way, using a variety of musical instruments including guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, banjo, harmonica, bagpipe, penny whistle, hurdy gurdy, and other obscure instruments. Meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center located at 1215 N. State Road 49 just south of the intersection of 49 and U.S. 20 in Porter, Indiana. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park's website at www.nps.gov/indu.

Green Drinks Gary

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, December 06, 2016

For much of the 20th century East Chicago was known as Steel-town. It was a bustling city on the southern shores of Lake Michigan that boasted of being the most industrial city in the world. Now, after 40-years of globalization and the flight of capital, East Chicago’s industrial economy is entering new phase while not fully addressing the toxic secrets from its past. The presentation focuses on a recent scandal of the Lead contamination of the Calumet neighborhood, Environmental Justice, Climate Justice and East Chicago's toxic legacy. The Toxic Tour is a story of East Chicago’s existing conditions. Presenter: Thomas Frank is a board member of the Southeast Environmental Task Force and former director of the East Chicago Waterway Management District (ECWMD). The ECWMD was charge with managing the cleanup of the Indiana Harbor Shipping Canal considered to be the most polluted waterway in the country. Thomas is a artist and activist who has been working for environmental justice and Climate Justice in the Great Lakes and Calumet regions for the past decade. He is committed to addressing heavily contaminated region and bringing them back into use for community-focused development and a Just Transition to a low-carbon economy. ***From 6-6:30pm we encourage attendees to network with one another, order food, and get settled in. The guest speaker's presentation will begin at 6:30pm. *Mama Pearl's does not serve alcohol however attendees are welcome to bring their own (byob).*** For additional information on future events please visit Green Drinks Gary’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GreenDrinksGary, join our Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/1682928161975070..., and/or check out our website at www.greendrinks.org/IN/Gary. See you December 6th at Mama Pearl's BBQ! Until then... STAY CALM and THINK GREEN. Green Drinks Gary takes place every first Tuesday of the month. It is open to the public, free to attend and all ages are welcome! Green Drinks Gary is organized and managed by Rachel Veronesi.

Join in the celebration of Earth Day, the National Park Service Centennial and the 50th anniversary of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at the annual Green Gary on Saturday, April 23, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This fun, family-friendly event takes place at the national lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center and is presented in partnership with over 20 organizations including the Gary Park Department and the Gary Department of Green Urbanism. ‪#‎npscentennial‬ ‪#‎findyourpark‬ jm www.nps.gov/indu/learn/news/green-gary-2016.htm

Good luck to the CHS Speech & Debate Team tonight! They will discuss their vision for the next 50 years for the national park. It\'s at 7pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.

First Friday Campfire on the Beach continues on October 2 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at Lake Street Beach. Meet a ranger at 4 p.m. to hike to the beach or go directly to the beach to enjoy an autumn afternoon on the lakeshore.

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Pics of last night\'s event at the National Lakeshore Cake Off Celebration.

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Please feel free to share our general flyer far and wide! Much thanks and love!

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Some pics from the Bio Blitz last Friday!

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