National Park Service Hosts Meet the Superintendent Gatherings Again this Summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Want to keep current with all the things happening at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, what is planned for the future, or what you can do to help the park? Here is a chance to talk to the park superintendent to get your questions answered or to voice your thoughts about your neighborhood national park. Park superintendent Costa Dillon will hold several informal public conversations throughout the month of July. Come on out to the National Lakeshore’s Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk on Wednesday July 7, from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. or join us at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center at the intersection of U.S. 20 and State Highway 49 on Wednesday July 28 from 6:00p.m. to 8:00pm or gather round the National Lakeshore’s Dunewood Campground Amphitheater on Friday July 30 from 7:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. or the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education on Lake Street in Gary, Indiana on Saturday July 31 from 10:00a.m. to noon. Come to one gathering or come to them all. No reservations are required. Just show up. Directions for each location can be found at our website at www.nps.gov/indu.
Superintendent Dillon said he welcomes the opportunity to hear from the public. "One of the great things about national parks is that we are places for the public to use and enjoy," said Dillon, "we want to hear suggestions, ideas, and even complaints that will make your park a better place."
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 392 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. The Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site is operated by the City of Portage in partnership with the National Park Service. 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?
Cowles Bog is not a true bog but rather a fen because it has an underground water source. This water source has contact with limestone bedrock, making the fen’s water slightly alkaline. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is restoring a portion of this fen.