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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/

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.

Shirley Heinze Fall Bus Tour

8:00 am - 3:30 pm, October 22, 2016

Join us for an educational bus tour of several of our nature preserves across three counties on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The bus will depart promptly at 8:00 a.m. from the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, Indiana. Riders will see Dune & Swale habitat, and the Hobart Marsh area in Lake County, the Meadowbrook Reforestation project in Porter County, and Ambler Flatwoods in LaPorte County, among others. Riders will depart the bus for short hikes at select locations. Staff, board members and guest speakers will provide insights on land conservation and the ecology, geology, and history of Northwest Indiana. Lunch will be provided. The cost to attend the tour is $35 per person, or $60 per couple. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (219) 242-8558. Reservations must be made no later than Monday, October 17, 2016. Seating is limited, so early reservations are advised. The bus is restroom equipped.

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!

Apples, Apples, Apples Festival

11:00 am - 4:00 pm, September 17, 2016 - September 18, 2016

Celebrate autumn with an Apples Festival at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's historic Chellberg Farm on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Fun is the theme of the weekend interleaved with the celebration of the all American Apple. This new event is part of the national lakeshore's year-long, 50th Anniversary celebration. Admission and parking are free. Enjoy lots of fall seasonal activities such as tractor-pulled hayrides, a Kid's Corner with games and crafts, and even apple-chucking. Local musicians will provide continuous entertainment and the Northwest Indiana Storytellers will be spinning tales. Then help make cider using an apple press, learn how to cook apples for applesauce and apple butter, ferment apples into vinegar, make apple pomanders and discover dozens of other uses for apples. Free tasting of most of these products will be available. Or, purchase lunch or a snack from one of seven food vendors and make a day of it. Have you ever wondered why there are so many apple trees in Indiana? We can thank Indiana native, "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman for their abundance. During this festival, visitors can watch the classic Disney short on Johnny Appleseed and then help with the planting of 16 apple trees as we reestablish an orchard at Chellberg Farm. The farm even has resident chickens now thanks to festival partners Dunes Learning Center and the Friends of Indiana Dunes. For information on this event or other anniversary programs being offered this year at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882.

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.

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!

Indiana Dunes Film Festival

12:00 am - (All Day), November 04, 2016 - November 06, 2016

A 50th Anniversary Celebration The 1st annual Indiana Dunes Film Festival is composed of stories of how the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has influenced its surrounding regions. This is a free event. Schedule for Indiana Dunes Film Festival November 4 - 6, 2016 Nov 4 | South Shore Convention Visitors Authority (Premiere Night) 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm Nov 5 | Douglas Center 10 am - 4 pm Nov 5 | Indiana Dunes Visitor Center 10 am - 4:30 pm Nov 5 | LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau 10 am - 4 pm Nov 6 | Barker Mansion 11 am - 4 pm Nov 6 | South Shore Convention Visitors Authority 11 am - 4 pm Detailed Schedule: Friday, November 4 – Movie Premiere Night at the South Shore Visitors Center 6:30 p.m.—Guests arrive and mingle and network; snacks provided by Dunes National Park Association Photo wall along the Arrowhead Carpet! Ask partners to post for photos and recognize them as they arrive. Do Facebook Live. Original art work by Kristina Knowski available with artist signing posters. DNPA will give away posters as part of $20 donations. 7 p.m.—Welcome from NPS Superintendent Paul Labovitz, Lakeshore Public Media CEO and President James Muhammad and South Shore Visitor Center Speros Bautistatos 7:15 p.m.—Introduce and recognize the film makers who submitted their films. Give each filmmaker a tree cookie plaque. Have the top 2 or 5 films directors come up and introduce each of their films and then show them. Show the “top” submission films—2 – 5 films? 8:15 p.m.—Introduce the established filmmakers—Pat Wisniewski, Carey Lundin, Paul Nelson, etc. Have each of them share a 2 min clip from their films or showcase something they haven’t shared before from education curriculum for example. 9:15 p.m.—Wrap up and Conclusion-- recognize partners—Friends of Indiana Dunes, Lakeshore Public Media, Dunes National Park Association, Indiana Dunes Tourism, Laporte County CVB, South Shore CVB Saturday, November 5—Douglas Center—10 a.m.-4:00 pm 10 a.m. Welcome and introduction to the festival—Kim Swift as MC 10:15 a.m.—Lake Michigan Water Trail by Dugout Canoe 11:15 pm--panel with filmmakers 11:45 p.m. Break with Birthday Cake 12 p.m. New films with intro by filmmakers—showcase two films 1 p.m. Indiana Dunes Playground of the Midwest-Save the Dunes Circa 1955 1:30 p.m. Everglades of the North with Intro by filmmaker 2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. --Octave Chanute Film with intro by Simine Short 3:30 p.m.—For the Common Good—historical piece on Senator Paul Douglas Saturday, November 5—Indiana Dunes Visitor Center—10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m.—Welcome and Introduction to the Festival—Birthday Cake! 10:15 a.m.—Showcase at least two new films with intros by their directors 11:15 a.m.—Jens Jenson The Living Green 12:15 p.m.—Presentation by Carey Lundin, filmmaker of the Living Green 12:45 p.m. – Break 1 p.m.—Showcase at least two new films and have their filmmakers introduce them 2 p.m.—Shifting Sands with book signing and intro to film by Ken Schoon 3:15 p.m.— Riding the Rails of History with intro by PJ Nelson Saturday, November 5—LaPorte County Visitor Center—10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 10 a.m.—Introduction and welcome 10:15 a.m.—For the Common Good and Indiana Dunes Playground of the Midwest 11:15 a.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 12 p.m.—Shifting Sands with intro by filmmaker? 1:15 p.m. Break 1:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 2:15 p.m. Lake Michigan Water Trail by Dugout Canoe with intro by filmmaker 3:30 p.m.—Octave Chanute film with intro by Simine Short Sunday, November 6—South Shore Visitor Center—11 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 11 a.m.—Introduction and welcome 11:15 a.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 12 p.m.--Everglades of the North with intro by filmmaker 1:15 p.m. Break 1:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 2:15 p.m. Lake Michigan Water Trail by Dugout Canoe with intro by filmmaker 3 p.m.-- Riding the Rails of History with intro by PJ Nelson 3:30 p.m.—Octave Chanute film with intro by Simine Short Sunday, November 6--Barker Mansion—11 a.m.- 4 p.m. 11 a.m.—Welcome and Introduction 11:15 a.m. Jens Jenson The Living Green with intro by Carey Lundin 12:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 1:3o p.m.—For the Common Good 2:00 p.m.—Shifting Sands with intro by the filmmaker 3:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers (Subject to change) Indiana Dunes Film Festival Contest: Calling local filmmakers! We want to hear your stories. Please submit your films to be shown during the festival. There are two categories. You can submit as many films as you like to one or both categories. 1. Happy Birthday Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore- A film up to 2 minutes that celebrates the 50 years the park has been in existence and in some way says or implies Happy Birthday! 2. The Calumet Region- A film up to 10 minutes that touches on the formation, existence and future of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as it relates to the larger Calumet region. How do I participate? To Enter: Upload your film to YouTube or Vimeo then tell us where to look for it. Send an e-mail to indianadunesfilmfestival@gmail.com with the title, category, and a short description of the film by midnight October 30, 2016. That's it. You are entered. The judges will pick up your submission from the directions you leave. What is the Benefit? Films will be selected based on technical merit as well as its ability to tell a compelling story about this place we call Indiana Dunes and how the Dunes fits into the larger stories of the region. Selection criteria are listed on the Festival web page. The selected films will be showcased during the festival November 4, 5 &6 at several locations throughout the region. In addition, some of the films will be shown during the Eyes on the Arts program on Lakeshore Public Media later this year. The small print: All film entries selected for the Festival grant IDFF the right to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes. Each entrant warrants and represents that he/she is the creator of the submitted entry;the entry is original and owned by entrant;the entry is free of any claims by other parties All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music, clips, and exhibition. The filmmaker acknowledges his/her film is to be critiqued in a public forum during the festival. This contest is open to all. Film Festival Standards –This is what will be judged! 1. Accuracy 0-10 points a. is the material accurate b. What is the source 2. Does the story 0-10 points a. Provoke some feeling or thought b. Encourage the audience to participate or engage. 3. Technical Aspect 0-10 points a. Visual creativity b. Cinematography c. Sound d. Editing e. Special effects 4. Does the story hit INDU Interpretive themes 1 point for each idea hit a. Interpretive Themes Interpretive themes are often described as the key stories or concepts that visitors should understand after visiting a park—they define the most important ideas or concepts communicated to visitors about a park unit. b. The following interpretive themes have been identified for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: 1. Remarkable Species Diversity –Factors that include geological processes, climate, weather, and the geographical position of Lake Michigan came together at Indiana Dunes to create remarkable species diversity within a variety of ecosystems, providing outstanding opportunities to appreciate the rich ecological relationships that nurture and sustain our civilization. 2. Legacy of Scientific Inquiry –Beginning a legacy of scientific inquiry and education that continues today, Henry Cowles, a botanist from the University of Chicago, published an article titled Ecological Relations of the Vegetation on Sand Dunes of Lake Michigan in the Botanical Gazette in 1899 that brought international attention to and inspired the efforts to preserve the intricate ecosystems on the dunes. Such research at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is increasingly vital, helping us address current ecological threats to our world, which include human impacts both locally and globally. 3. Human Use of the Lakeshore Over Time –The cultural resources of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore demonstrate a wide range of use and occupation over more than 10,000 years, revealing the dynamic relationship between humans and the environment and our changing perceptions of the value of natural environments, and guiding us to decisions vital to our survival. 4. Natural Setting for Millions of People –Situated close to one of America's largest metropolitan areas, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore provides a natural setting for millions of people to experience scenic beauty, the wonders of nature, artistic inspiration, and recreational opportunities, reminding us of the costs and benefits of urbanization and industry, and of our need as humans to seek renewal of body, mind, and soul. · 5. Reflects National Struggle to Balance Urbanization, Industry, and Conservation –Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the scene of intensive public interest and passion regarding its preservation for more than 100 years, demonstrates the national struggle between the needs of urbanization, industry, and conservation;reflects the historical national and state park preservation movements;and serves as both model and "cautionary tale" in the fields of resource acquisition, preservation, and restoration. Questions? www.nps.gov/indu.gov, click on Film Festival or contact e-mail us (219)395-1622

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.

Indiana Dunes State Park: 9th Annual Christmas Eve Morning Stroll!

10:00 am - 12:00 pm, December 24, 2016

You say you have your shopping done? Great, join us for our traditional Christmas Eve stroll through the dune forests. We’ll explore the winter life and beauty of the dunes on this 1 hour walk starting at the Nature Center, culminating with a warm fire and hot cocoa at the nature center! Come out and start a new family tradition with us!

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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Going to show off Dragonfly NWI today at today's National Park's 50th Anniversary Cake Off Celebration!


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

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Todd McMeen’s Activity Post


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

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Birding with Ken Brock


Good news for local cyclists!

Dunes Learning Center helping adults with disabilities in Hobart

Some pics from the Bio Blitz last Friday!

Be sure to check out the Indiana Dunes Film Festival next weekend! November 4-6. The festival spans several locations. See the schedule for full info!

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Todd McMeen’s Activity Post


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Todd McMeen’s Activity Post


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Indiana Dunes State Park: 9th Annual Christmas Eve Morning Stroll!


The EPA is still assessing the extent of the chromium 6 chemical spill in Portage, which closed at least 3 beaches. People and pets are urged to avoid contact with the lake water.


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