• Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Indiana Dunes

    National Lakeshore Indiana

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  • Mount Baldy Area Temporarily Closed

    The Mount Baldy area is temporarily closed due to hazardous conditions until further notice.

Plan A Field Trip

There are three basic types of field trips to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Self Guided trips

  • You coordinate the transportation, supervision, educational, and recreational opportunities.
  • Check out the Self Guided section where we have provided some samples and suggestions. Before you come, let us know so we can alert you to special concerns about the area you will be visiting. ...more
  • West Beach Educational fee waiver instructions - During the summer months (Friday, Memorial Weekend - Monday, Labor Day), the West Beach area of the park is a Federal Fee Area. Groups visiting the area for educational purposes during this time may obtain a waiver of this fee if your group meets established criteria. NOTE: If your planned educational visit includes recreation at the lakefront, such as swimming, an educational fee waiver can not be granted.

 
Ranger Guided trips
  • You coordinate the transportation, supervision, and recreational opportunities.
  • At times, we can provide educators for your group based on one of our developed programs that you select. However, for most of the year, staffing is very limited. ...more
  • West Beach Educational fee waiver instructions - During the summer months (Friday, Memorial Weekend - Monday, Labor Day), the West Beach area of the park is a Federal Recreation Fee Area. Groups visiting the area for educational purposes during this time may obtain a waiver of this fee if your group meets established criteria. NOTE: If your planned educational visit includes recreation at the lakefront, such as swimming, an educational fee waiver can not be granted.

 
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Residential/Overnight trip

Residential experiences are available through our partner Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center that is located within the national lakeshore. ...more

Did You Know?

a sea of tall grasses and catails in a marsh setting and trees in the background

Cowles Bog is not a true bog but rather a fen because it has an underground water source. This water source has contact with limestone bedrock, making the fen’s water slightly alkaline. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is restoring a portion of this fen.