Green Gary Celebration at National Lakeshore
Contact: Kipton Walton, 219-395-1858
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Celebrate National Park Week at the annual Green Gary Day on Saturday, April 21, from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This free, family-oriented event will have activities at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education on Lake Street in Gary and at the nearby Lake Street Beach. "Healthy Parks, Healthy Homes, and Healthy People" is the theme of this year's event that is being presented by the National Park Service in partnership with the City of Gary and local community groups.
At the Douglas Center, explore Miller Woods with a park ranger, participate in activity booths hosted by local nature and civic organizations, read about nature with the Gary Public Library, explore Green Urbanism, join a seminar on healthy homes by the Gary CARE Partnership, find out more about aquaponic and other urban farming techniques, and enjoy the Borderbends Art Collective's celebration of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring accompanied by the Chicago Phonography Ensemble. This is a great chance for kids to become Junior National Park Rangers by completing a Green Gary workbook.
At Lake Street Beach, fly a kite, learn more about the area from the South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, and help keep the beach clean by joining an Adopt-A-Beach Clean-up with the Charter School of the Dunes.
Free parking is available and a free shuttle bus will run between the Douglas Center and Lake Street Beach every 15 to 20 minutes. The shuttle makes its last run at 3:15 p.m. The Douglas Center is located at 100 North Lake Street in the Miller section of Gary. For more information on this program and others, contact Kip Walton at 219-395-1858 or by email at: e-mail us.
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.