CELEBRATE NATIONAL PARK WEEK AT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD NATIONAL PARK
Make healthy plans to come on out to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and celebrate National Park Week 2011. There’s a lot to do for your health and the health of the park. You can improve the health of the park’s plant community by volunteering on April 16, then join us with our partner Porter Health Systems for an exciting announcement on April 21, and finish the week with Junior Rangers to Get Out and Move on April 23.
April 16 from 9:15 a.m. to noon volunteers will be working on the Calumet Dune Trail at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Kemil Road, to clear out invasive plants that are crowding out the native plants, tidy up the native garden and give a mile long section of the trail some spring cleaning. Contact Ranger Ted Winterfeld at Ted_Winterfeld@nps.gov or 395-1661 for more information, or just come on out dressed for the weather. Gloves and equipment will be provided.
On April 21 starting at 11:00 a.m. the National Park Service and Porter Health System will demonstrate how Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a healthy park for healthy people as we launch the Park Prescription Program, an initiative where health care providers and patients use the park to improve personal health and wellness.
Everybody should get out sometime and the National Park Service has set aside April 23 as National Junior Ranger day, a day for Jr. Rangers young and old to find a park and find places to hike, bike, or stroll through a national park. Swing on over to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and State Road 49 to pick up your “Let’s Move” Jr. Ranger packet.
What’s the best part of National Park Week events, other than getting outside to enjoy the spring weather? It is all free!
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 394 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year.
Did You Know?
Without fire, there could be no prairie at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Non-prairie plant species would crowd out native prairie grasses. These rare grasslands are maintained through periodic controlled burns.