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September Programs at National Lakeshore

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Date: August 30, 2012

September Programs at National Lakeshore

The following programs are being offered at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this September. Please see the individual program descriptions listed below. For more information on any of the programs at the national lakeshore, contact Ryan Koepke at 219-395-1882 or check the park's website at www.nps.gov/indu . All programs are free.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park System. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov .

 

Program Announcement #1

Release Date: August 29, 2012
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov , 219-395-1882

Campground Program at Indiana Dunes

Join a ranger around the campfire at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and learn about the incredible diversity of the park and how fire plays an important part in keeping the park healthy. This program will be held on September 1 at 7:30 pm at the Dunewood Campground Amphitheater.

The Dunewood Campground is located just south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Broadway in the eastern portion of the national lakeshore. 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 .

 


Program Announcement #2

Release Date: August 29, 2012
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov , 219-395-1882

Douglas Center Open House at National Lakeshore

Cooler days are on their way! Join a ranger and find out how the duneland animals are getting ready for winter during the Douglas Center's Open House every Saturday afternoon at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore the center and check out interactive exhibits, a video, and even a live animal room. If you want to see the leaves changing colors, go on a ranger led hike on September 29 or October 13 at 11 am or at 2 pm on the Miller Woods Trail just outside the center. The Douglas Center is open Monday through Saturday 9 am - 4 pm.

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located at 100 North Lake Street in the Miller section of Gary, one mile north of U.S. Highway 12. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park's website at www.nps.gov/indu .


 

Program Announcement #3

Release Date: August 29, 2012
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov , 219-395-1882

Kids Rule at National Lakeshore Visitor Center

Are you tired of your children doing the same thing every Sunday? Then bring them out to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and enjoy an afternoon of fun and educational kid's activities every Sunday at the park's visitor center. Join a national park ranger anytime from 1 pm - 3 pm in the center's activity room to help your children learn a little more about your neighborhood national park. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 N. State Road 49 just south of the intersection of 49 and U.S. Highway 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 .


 

Program Announcement #4

Release Date: August 29, 2012
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov , 219-395-1882

Go Bog Wild at the National Lakeshore

Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Pinhook Bog on September 8 during an open house from 9 am - 2 pm. You can tour the bog on your own and talk to rangers stationed along the trail who will help you understand this unique place filled with carnivorous plants. Or, you can take a ranger-led hike of the bog's new "upland trail" at either 9:00 am or noon. Allow at least one hour to explore the bog and two hours if you want to hike the "upland trail."

The Pinhook Bog parking lot is located at 700 North Wozniak Road in Michigan City, 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 .


 

Program Announcement #5

Release Date: August 29, 2012
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov , 219-395-1882

Octave Chanute Program and Book Signing at National Lakeshore Visitor Center

Simine Short, author of " Locomotive to Aeromotive: Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution ," will discuss the life of Octave Chanute, a preeminent civil engineer in the development of our country's transportation system, but who also was a major figure in the development of the airplane. This one-hour program will be held on Sunday, September 9 beginning at 2:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.

Chanute's successful glider experiments in the Indiana dunes in 1894 and 1896 proved to be a key step in the invention of the airplane. During her program, Simine Short will show historic photos of the flying activity and share newspaper articles from around the world. Following the program, Ms. Short will sign copies of her book.

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is 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 .


 

Program Announcement #6

Release Date: September 12, 2012
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov , 219-395-1882

Music Heritage Series at National Lakeshore

Are you one of those people who enjoy listening to music from the old days? Then join us in a celebration of old-time music with a performance by the Save the Tunes Council. Tune up your vocal cords for a sing-along and gather up on September 21, from 7:30 pm - 9 pm 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 .


 

Program Announcement #7

Release Date: September 12, 2012
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov , 219-395-1882

Ranger-led Kayak Program at National Lakeshore

Join a ranger on Saturday, September 22, from 10 am - noon at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a kayak tour of the Burns Waterway. You must bring your own kayak and life preserver. The tour will start out going upstream and will travel just over two miles round-trip. This is a good program for less experienced kayakers since it includes a kayak safety talk. Meet the ranger in the parking lot at the national lakeshore's Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk site. You will need to haul your kayak about 150 yards from the parking lot to the launch point.

Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk is located off of State Highway 249, north of Interstate 94 in the central portion of the national lakeshore. For directions or more information on this or other 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 .


 

Program Announcement #8

Release Date: September 19, 2012
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov , 219-395-1882

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Just as a doctor checks vital signs - pulse, breathing, blood pressure - to determine a patient's health and well-being, national parks have vital signs that indicate their health. Join Ted Gostomski, biologist for the National Park Service's Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network, for a program on the vital signs being monitored at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This presentation takes place on September 28, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center's auditorium and will explain what we are learning from the monitoring of water quality, contaminants in fish, plant communities, and songbirds.

For more information on 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 .


 

Program Announcement #9

Release Date: September 19, 2012
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov , 219-395-1882

Volunteer for National Public Lands Day at National Lakeshore

In honor of National Public Lands Day, join other volunteers to help remove invasive species at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Cowles Bog. Join a ranger at this National Natural Landmark on September 29 from 9 am to noon for our monthly stewardship program. Work gloves and equipment will be provided and we recommend that you bring bug repellent and sunscreen.

Meet at the Cowles Bog south parking lot located at 1618 North Mineral Springs Road in the central portion of the national lakeshore. 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 .

Did You Know?

two horses pulling a machine use to rake hay with a farmer riding on the rake

In 1972, Chellberg Farm became part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. In the mid-1800s many Swedes settled in Porter County. Three generations of Chellbergs farmed this land.