FEBRUARY PROGRAMS AT NATIONAL LAKESHORE
Contact: Ryan Koepke, 219-395-1882
The following programs are being offered at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this winter. Please see the individual program descriptions listed below. 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. All programs are free.
Program Announcement #1
Program Announcement #2
The Douglas Center’s open house takes place every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and features hands-on family activities and crafts, exhibits and even a live animal room where you can help feed the center’s resident reptiles and fish. Throughout the month of February, the center is hosting a special exhibit in honor of Black History Month. Learn about the African American history that's commemorated in National Parks located across the country. Kids can complete an indoor scavenger and earn a small prize.
You can even borrow some cross-country ski equipment, get a quick lesson, and then explore the beauty of the trails surrounding the center. Afterwards, warm up with a free snack, hot chocolate or coffee.
The Douglas Center is located at 100 North Lake Street in the Miller section of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the Douglas Center at 219-395-1821 or check the park website at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit.
Program Announcement #3
Join a ranger in the visitor center’s activity room for a Sunday afternoon of kid’s activities, puppet shows, stories, and fun. Stop in between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on any Sunday and 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. 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.
Join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with the season. Tune up your vocal cords and gather up for a sing-along on February 21 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 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.
It’s almost Maple Sugar Time at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. So, join a ranger at Chellberg Farm on February 15, from 9:00 am to noon and help “wake up the sugar bush” in preparation for this annual event. Lend a hand with cleaning the sugar shack, tapping the trees or hanging buckets to collect the sweet maple sap. Meet at the Chellberg Farm parking lot. Work gloves and equipment will be provided, but be sure to dress for the weather.
The Chellberg parking lot is located on Mineral Springs Road between Highway 20 and Highway 12 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.
Program Announcement #6
Is cabin fever hitting you hard? Then get out and join a ranger for an Open House every Saturday afternoon at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Douglas Center. Explore the center from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and check out interactive exhibits, a park video, and even a live animal room. If you don’t mind the cold and there is enough snow, borrow a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes and explore the Miller Woods Trail just outside the center.
Then, warm up inside the center with a snack and hot chocolate or coffee. Throughout the month of February, enjoy hands-on exhibits featuring other national parks with African-American connections complete with an indoor scavenger hunt for prizes.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 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
Did You Know?
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has more than 1,135 native plant species distributed over six plant communities. Among all the national parks in the United States, it ranks seventh in plant diversity. This is an amazing feat for 15,000+ acres.