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.
November 26, 2014
Holiday Traditions Program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Celebrate “Holiday Traditions in the Dunes” on Saturday, December 6, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Enjoy live holiday music and dance, tour two historic homes all decked out in their holiday finest, let the kids make their own holiday decorations, and even get a free taste of some traditional holiday treats.
November 13, 2014
Proposals Sought for National Lakeshore Chellberg Farm
The National Park Service is looking to reestablish a working agricultural landscape at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm. Proposals are invited from the private sector to lease the historic farm, on a long-term basis, to conduct sustainable agriculture enterprises.
November 10, 2014
National Lakeshore Shoreline Restoration Plan Approved
Final approval has been given for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Shoreline Restoration and Management Plan. A Record of Decision (ROD) for the plan and Environmental Impact Statement was signed by Acting Regional Director Patricia S. Trap on October 21, 2014.
November 10, 2014
NOVEMBER PROGRAMS AT INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE
The following programs are being offered at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this November. Please see the individual program descriptions listed. For more information on any of the programs at the national lakeshore, contact the park’s information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.
October 08, 2014
National Park Service to Conduct the Fall Prescribed Fires
The National Park Service is planning five prescribed fires this fall at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Approximately 1,106 acres will be burned. Fire is used as a tool for the park’s long-term restoration efforts.
September 25, 2014
OCTOBER PROGRAMS AT INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE
The following programs are being offered at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this October. Please see the individual program descriptions listed. For more information on any of the programs at the national lakeshore, contact the park’s information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.
September 25, 2014
Canoemobile at Marquette Park Lagoons
During the last week, over 500 students from throughout northwest Indiana have experienced the thrill of canoeing their local waterways in a special program hosted by the National Park Service, Dunes Learning Center and Wilderness Inquiry.
September 18, 2014
Hobart Prairie Grove Bike Program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Join a park ranger this Saturday afternoon at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Hobart Prairie Grove for a two-hour, guided bike ride and enjoy the beautiful fall flowers and diverse habitats along this trail.
September 09, 2014
National Park Service Issues Final Shoreline Restoration and Management Plan
The National Park Service has released the final Environmental Impact Statement for the “Shoreline Restoration and Management Plan” (EIS) for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
September 04, 2014
No Hunting Permitted at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
With the coming of the hunting season the National Park Service would like to remind the public that no hunting of any kind is permitted within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
September 02, 2014
Century of Progress Homes Tour Reservations Open September 8th
Online reservations for the popular Century of Progress Homes Tours at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore begin on September 8th at 8:00 a.m. (Central Daylight Time). This year, in addition to the Saturday October 18th tours, there is a whole weekend of activities at the historic homes October 17-19, 2014.
August 22, 2014
Help Bring the Canoemobile Environmental Education Experience Back to Michigan City
For the third year in a row, local partners have come together to host a visit from Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile – a fleet of six 24-foot Voyageur canoes rolling into Michigan City on Sept. 15-20 to educate local youth while paddling Trail Creek.
August 20, 2014
National Park Service Director Jarvis to Participate in Public Meeting about Pullman Historic District
CHICAGO, IL. – On Thursday, August 21, 2014, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will join Illinois state and local officials for a public meeting to discuss possible options for including Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood in the National Park System.
August 18, 2014
Shifting Sands Film at National Lakeshore
On Sunday, August 31, at 1:30 p.m. get a preview of the upcoming documentary film, “Shifting Sands” at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center.
August 08, 2014
Opportunity for News Media to View Mount Baldy Research and Interview Scientists on August 14
The National Park Service (NPS) will host a media event at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Mount Baldy dune on Thursday, August 14, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time.
August 01, 2014
Temporary Closure of National Lakeshore Central Avenue Beach
Erosion from waves that reached heights of up to 11-feet earlier this week has resulted in the exposure of concrete block and other hazards at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Central Avenue Beach.
July 29, 2014
August Programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
The following programs are being offered at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this summer. Please see the individual program descriptions listed. For more information on any of the programs at the national lakeshore, contact the park’s information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.