November 27, 2015
Holiday Traditions Program at National Lakeshore - 2015
Celebrate “Holiday Traditions in the Dunes” on Saturday, December 5, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
November 25, 2015
Monthly Stargazing Program at National Lakeshore
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society on the first Saturday of each month to get a closer look at the evening sky over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
October 22, 2015
Self-Taught Art Workshop at National Lakeshore
Release your inner artist on Saturday, November 21 or December 19 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Douglas Center from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.
October 22, 2015
Insects of Indiana Dunes Program at National Lakeshore
Insects and spiders lend a slightly spooky atmosphere to a Halloween afternoon on Saturday, October 31 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Douglas Center Open House.
October 21, 2015
Birding with Ken Brock at National Lakeshore
Join birding expert Ken Brock on Saturday mornings in November between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.
October 20, 2015
Bus Tour with a Ranger at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger on Sunday, October 25 at 1:00 pm for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park's new 16-passenger buses.
October 15, 2015
Mount Baldy Fall Colors Hike
Join a park ranger for a hike on Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Mount Baldy to enjoy a spectacular view of the fall colors and learn about the research that continues into the dune’s mysterious holes.
October 13, 2015
Ranger-led Bike Ride from Miller to West Beach
Join a park ranger for a leisurely Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore bicycle tour from the Paul H. Douglas Center to West Beach on Saturday, October 24 at 1:30 pm.
October 08, 2015
“Project Learning Tree” Educators Workshop at National Lakeshore
On Saturday, November 14, educators, naturalists, scout leaders, and other youth leaders are invited to try their hands at a wide variety of activities they can use to teach about the environment during a Project Learning Tree Workshop at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
October 05, 2015
NPS to Conduct Fall Prescribed Fires
The National Park Service is planning several prescribed fires this fall at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Approximately 1,075 acres are scheduled to be burned. Fire is used as a tool for the park’s long-term restoration and hazard fuel reduction efforts.
September 28, 2015
Pinhook Bog's Fall Open House at National Lakeshore
Enjoy a fall hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Pinhook Bog and then explore the nearby Pinhook Upland Trail.
September 23, 2015
View the Super Moon Lunar Eclipse at National Lakeshore
Come out and join a park ranger on Sunday, September 27, from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Chellberg Farm and enjoy a fall evening watching a total lunar eclipse of the “Super Moon.”
September 18, 2015
Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore celebrates National Public Lands Day with several volunteer projects that need your help. This volunteer day is not only a lot of fun, but is also a great way to get the recommended 60-minutes of daily activity, while you lend a hand for your local national park.
September 15, 2015
Two Early Season Prescribed Fires at National Lakeshore
The National Park Service is planning two early season prescribed fires this week at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
September 11, 2015
History Ride with Buffalo Soldiers at National Lakeshore
Join Tommy O. Penson and Stage Coach Productions as they reenact the work of the famous Buffalo Soldiers on Saturday, September 19, from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Glenwood Dunes Trail.
September 10, 2015
Fall Programs at National Lakeshore
Enjoy the cooler weather this fall on a ranger-led program or hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. For information on the programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park's website at www.nps.gov/indu.
September 04, 2015
Launch of Every Kid in a Park Program at National Lakeshore
-NOT FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION: MEDIA INVITATION ONLY- The National Park Service at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, along with education partner Dunes Learning Center, will kick off the new, Every Kid in a Park program with a media event on September 10, 2016.
August 24, 2015
Trails Galore Program at National Lakeshore
Find your new favorite trail. More and more miles of hiking, biking, and even water trails are being developed in northwest Indiana and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
August 18, 2015
Celebrate the 99th Birthday of the National Park Service
The National Park Service is turning 99 years old on August 25 and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore wants you to help us celebrate.
July 10, 2015
Temporary Closure of National Lakeshore’s Central Avenue Beach
Erosion from large waves earlier this week took out what little sand was left at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Central Avenue Beach.
July 06, 2015
Kayaking with a Ranger at National Lakeshore
Join a national park ranger between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Sunday July 19 or August 16 for an easy float on the Marquette Park Lagoons.
July 01, 2015
During July, get beyond the beach by attending a ranger-led program or hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. At least ten different programs are offered each week ranging from Mount Baldy Hikes to Pinhook Bog Open House.
June 30, 2015
Soundwalk and Art Programs at National Lakeshore
World Listening Day is July 18th. Join us at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education for two very special programs to celebrate the day.
June 29, 2015
National Park Service to Increase Patrols for Holiday Weekend
In anticipation of expected heavy visitation associated with the July 4th holiday and the Grateful Dead concerts in Chicago, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will be increasing law enforcement patrols this week.
June 16, 2015
Gardening Program at National Lakeshore
Looking for some easy and sustainable gardening techniques this summer? Join park volunteer George Mika and learn some ingenious self-watering container gardening techniques. This free program is offered during the Douglas Center Open House between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 20 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
June 15, 2015
Midsummer Program and Evening Concert Event at Chellberg Farm
Celebrate summer on Saturday, June 20 with a traditional Midsummer Celebration from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and a Summer Solstice Evening Concert from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm.
June 09, 2015
Summer Programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
The end of the school year means that summer is in full swing at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Get out and enjoy your park by attending a ranger-led program or hike. At least ten different programs are offered each week ranging from Beginning Birding to Learn How to Kayak.
June 05, 2015
Erosion Forces Closure of Two Beach Access Stairways at National Lakeshore’s Lakeview
Large waves kicked up by strong north winds early in the morning of June 1st washed away what little beach remained in front of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Lakeview picnic area.
June 01, 2015
Little Calumet River Trail Closed at National Lakeshore
The National Park Service has issued an emergency closure of the Little Calumet River Trail from June 1 – 5, for the protection of the public.
May 28, 2015
Ranger-led Tours Offered This Summer at Mount Baldy
The National Park Service will offer ranger guided hikes on Mount Baldy this summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The hikes will use a trail on the western edge of the dune that has been determined to be safe from holes and is the same path used to take news media on the dune last summer.
May 26, 2015
Local Resident Found Guilty of Hunting in National Lakeshore
On November 15th of 2013 a National Park Service Ranger observed a hunting tree stand in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Furnessville in Porter County.
May 22, 2015
Beach Season Safety Reminder from National Lakeshore
The summer season will again bring millions of visitors to Lake Michigan including the 15-miles of beach located within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Understanding that the lake is a wild and potentially dangerous place can help make sure that a day at the beach doesn’t end in tragedy.
May 22, 2015
Dune Protection Work Begins at Portage Lakefront
During a storm in October of 2014, huge waves washed away between 75 and 115 feet of beach and dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. On May 14th, park staff placed fencing along the remaining dunes at the site to help stabilize them and reduce the impact of future storms on that part of the lakeshore. Visitors and park neighbors are asked to help by staying out of the fenced areas so native vegetation has a chance to regrow and stabilize the dunes.
May 21, 2015
Memorial Day Weekend Programs at National Lakeshore
Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the unofficial start of the summer. Get out to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to enjoy the weekend with a variety of fun and educational ranger-led programs. The national lakeshore is offering these nine programs over the holiday weekend.
May 20, 2015
“Growing Up Wild” Educators Workshop at National Lakeshore
Early childhood educators and parents of children ages 3 – 7 are invited to attend a “Growing Up Wild” educator workshop on Saturday, June 6 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
May 07, 2015
New Guidelines for Commercial Filming and Photography
With the warming of the weather and time for weddings and graduations drawing near, many people wish to use the spectacular backdrop of the national lakeshore as a setting for commercially produced films and still photographs.
April 27, 2015
Spring Wildflower Hike at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger on Saturday, May 2, at 1:00 p.m. and enjoy a beautiful display of spring wildflowers along the Bailly and Chellberg Trail at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Trillium, spring beauties, and Dutchman’s breeches are just a few of the flowers you’ll see along this trail.
April 27, 2015
Fort Building Contest at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Bring the family or a group to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Nature Play Zone for a nature fort building challenge on Saturday, May 2. Using natural and other materials found in the Nature Play Zone, see if you can build the sturdiest, longest, most original, or best-looking fort.
April 24, 2015
Lake Michigan Safe Swimming Program at National Lakeshore
Every year people drown while swimming in Lake Michigan. Join Dave Benjamin and Bob Pratt of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project on Saturday, May 16, at 1:00 pm for Swimming Safely - Understanding the Great Lakes Surf Environment.
April 24, 2015
Birding Expert and TV Host James Currie to Appear at Indiana Dunes Birding Festival
James Currie, host of the popular TV series Nikon’s Birding Adventures on NBC Sports and Nat Geo Wild TV’s Aerial Assassins, will headline the inaugural Indiana Dunes Birding Festival set to take place May 7–10.
April 16, 2015
National Lakeshore Joins Find Your Park Movement
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore joins other national parks and their partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their park stories online at FindYourPark.com.
April 14, 2015
National Lakeshore and LaPorte High School Work Together on Park Stewards Program
THANKS TO UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX AND SUBARU OF AMERICA, NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION PROGRAM WILL ENGAGE TEACHERS AND YOUTH IN SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECTS IN AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS
April 09, 2015
Indiana Dunes, Science, and YOU!! Bringing Research to the Public at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
On Saturday, May 2, the public is invited to talk with local scientists, learn about their research within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and spend time with them out in the field!
March 27, 2015
APRIL PROGRAMS AT NATIONAL LAKESHORE
The following programs are being offered at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this April.
March 24, 2015
Educator Workshop “Takes Flight” at National Lakeshore
On Friday, May 8, area educators are invited to attend a “Flying Wild” educator workshop at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The workshop is featured as a part of the 2015 Indiana Dunes Birding Festival and will run from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
March 19, 2015
National Lakeshore Plans Prescribed Burns This Spring
The National Park Service is planning six prescribed fires this spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Approximately 736 acres are scheduled to be burned.
March 16, 2015
National Park Service to Hire Lifeguards for Summer
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is accepting applications for lifeguards this summer at West Beach. Deadline to apply is March 27, 2015. To apply go to the USA JOBS website at www.usajobs.gov.
March 10, 2015
Hike with your Hound at National Lakeshore
Join fellow dog owners Saturday, March 21 on a hike through the oak savanna habitat at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods. This program meets at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at 10:00 a.m. and runs until noon.
March 09, 2015
More than Birds at Upcoming Indiana Dunes Birding Festival
The inaugural Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, May 7-10, will not only feature some of the Midwest’s premier birding locations, but also offer an assortment of nature related workshops, programs, and hikes. The event is being organized by the Indiana Audubon Society and includes both the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park as site hosts.
March 05, 2015
NPS to Hire Youth Workers for Summer
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has jobs for 12 teenagers this summer. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program is a work-learn-earn program for 15-18 year-olds. Deadline to apply is April 24, 2015.
March 03, 2015
Pancakes Return to National Lakeshores Maple Sugar Time
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with pure maple syrup at this year’s Maple Sugar Time at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. In addition, to the free ranger-led tours of the sugaring operation at historic Chellberg Farm, a pancake breakfast will be available for purchase from the Chesterton Lion’s Club. The farm will be bustling with maple sugaring activities from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the weekends of March 7 & 8 and March 14 & 15, 2015.
February 26, 2015
Get an Early Taste of Spring at National Lakeshore's Maple Sugar Time
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Warm up with an early taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s annual Maple Sugar Time. The historic Chellberg Farm will be bustling with the activities of maple sugaring from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on the weekends of March 7 & 8 and March 14 & 15, 2015. Join in for this fun and educational event marking the unofficial start of spring in dune country.
February 20, 2015
Nature Tots Program at National Lakeshore
Parents and toddlers are invited to participate in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s new Nature Tot's program at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Nature Tots, aged 2-4, will learn about nature through a ranger-led story time, crafts and outdoor play.
February 02, 2015
Presidents Budget Requests 3 billion for National Park Service
WASHINGTON – President Obama’s budget request for fiscal year 2016 – the centennial year of the National Park Service – includes $3 billion for the bureau’s critical conservation, preservation, and recreation mission. The budget boosts the National Park Service’s essential programs and operational needs by $432.9 million.
January 21, 2015
Housing Needed for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Summer Employees
The National Park Service is in need of short-term housing near Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for the summer’s seasonal workforce of park rangers, guides, maintenance workers, and research aids.
January 06, 2015
Miller Woods Restoration Days at National Lakeshore
If you wanted to make a new year’s resolution that will help you get more exercise, get outdoors, meet new people, learn new skills, and give back to your community, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has a great project for you. Beginning on January 24, 2015 and continuing on the fourth Saturday of each month, you can join a volunteer stewardship team working in the black oak savanna restoration project in Miller Woods.
December 19, 2014
Christmas Bird Count at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Help make an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations will use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and help guide conservation action.
December 17, 2014
Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration
Celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, January 10.