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July 01, 2014
JULY PROGRAMS AT INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE
The following programs are being offered at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this summer. Please see the individual program descriptions listed. 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.

June 27, 2014
Explore National Lakeshore with Passport to the Dunes
Discover some of the hidden treasures of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore through a new Passport to the Dunes program. With so many different access points, it can be difficult to find all of this national park’s special places. The passport helps guide visitors on an adventure of discovery to nine park locations ranging from West Beach to lesser-known areas like the Great Marsh, Glenwood Dunes and Miller Woods.

June 16, 2014
Midsummer Program and Evening Concert at Chellberg Farm 2014
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Celebrate summer on Saturday, June 21 with a traditional Midsummer Celebration from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and a Summer Solstice Evening Concert from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm.

June 03, 2014
National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on East Branch of the Little Calumet River Use Management Planning
The National Park Service is preparing a draft Environmental Assessment for the “East Branch of the Little Calumet River Use Management Plan” for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and is seeking public comment.

June 02, 2014
JUNE PROGRAMS AT THE NATIONAL LAKESHORE
There’s always something different to focus on in a park as diverse as Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

May 30, 2014
National Lakeshore Open and Ready for Busy Summer
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: New superintendent Paul Labovitz recently welcomed about 80 seasonal employees to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in preparation for another busy summer along the shores of Lake Michigan.

May 20, 2014
Soundwalk at the National Lakeshore
Polish your listening skills during the May 24th Douglas Center for Environmental Education open house program. Helpful tips will be shared by members of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology as you learn to slow down your thoughts and become attuned to nature’s ways.

May 16, 2014
Garden Programs at National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Celebrate spring and the return of the growing season on Saturday, May 17, at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm.

April 24, 2014
Mount Baldy to Remain Closed This Summer as Scientists Continue Investigation
Despite the use of ground penetrating radar, and data gathering at two additional holes that have appeared since last July, scientists still don’t know the cause of the holes at Mt. Baldy in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Additional research will be conducted this summer and may last into the fall.

April 17, 2014
Green Gary Celebration at National Lakeshore and Marquette Park
Join in the celebration of Earth Day and National Park Week with the annual Green Gary event on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at both the Paul H. Douglas Center and Marquette Park in Gary, Indiana. This free event features lots of family-friendly activities and is presented in a partnership between the National Park Service, the Gary Parks Department and Gary Department of Green Urbanism/MS4.

April 17, 2014
Go Wild for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Celebrate National Park Week with special events! Go wild for the 15 miles of beach, over 45 miles of trails, and 15,000 acres of dunes, woods, marshes, and prairie at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014.

April 17, 2014
Science Program Offered on May 3rd at National Lakeshore
Learn about research being conducted within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore by talking with scientists, and joining them for a short time in the field. This “Indiana Dunes, Science, and YOU!” program is geared toward individuals and families, and will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Auditorium.

April 15, 2014
Spring Wildflower Hike and Volunteer Activity at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Heron Rookery on April 19, for a volunteer activity in the morning or a wildflower hike in the afternoon. From 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., join park resource management staff to help remove invasive species along the Heron Rookery Trail that threaten the native wildflowers.

April 11, 2014
Music Heritage Series Program on April 25 at National Lakeshore
Join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with spring and Earth Day. Tune up your vocal cords and gather up for a sing-along on Friday, April 25, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.

April 08, 2014
Indiana Dunes NPS to Conduct Spring Prescribed Fires
The National Park Service is planning six prescribed fires this spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Approximately 1,350 acres will be burned. Fire is used as a tool for the park’s long-term restoration efforts.

March 18, 2014
Womens History Month Celebration at National Lakeshore
Celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 22 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore with an inspiring film about scientist, environmental activist and author, Rachel Carson. The film runs for 60 minutes and will be shown throughout the day and upon request in the Douglas Center auditorium.

March 11, 2014
National Park Service to Hire Summer Youth Workers
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has jobs for 10 teenagers this summer. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program is a work-learn-earn program for 15-18 year-olds. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2013. No experience is necessary. Participants will be selected by random draw from the pool of applications.

March 04, 2014
Tourism to National Lakeshore creates 75 million dollars in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,889,381 visitors to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 2012 spent $75.9 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 947 jobs in the local area.

February 18, 2014
Learn the Best Fishing Spots in the National Lakeshore
Join a ranger on February 22, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Visitor Center and learn about some of the best fishing spots in the national lakeshore and surrounding areas.

February 14, 2014
Get an Early Taste of Spring at National Lakeshore Maple Sugar Time
Warm up with an early taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s annual Maple Sugar Time. The historic Chellberg Farm will be bustling with the activities of maple sugaring from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the weekends of March 1 & 2 and March 8 & 9, 2014. Join park rangers and volunteers for this fun and educational event marking the unofficial start of spring in dune country.

February 10, 2014
Paul Labovitz selected as new Superintendent at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
OMAHA, Neb. – Paul Labovitz, currently Superintendent at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (NRRA) in St. Paul, Minn., has been selected as the new Superintendent at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, headquartered in Porter, Ind. He succeeds Costa Dillon, who retired from the National Park Service (NPS) in August 2013, and begins this new assignment on May 18, 2014.

January 27, 2014
FEBRUARY PROGRAMS AT NATIONAL LAKESHORE
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.

January 24, 2014
Housing Needed for National Lakeshore Summer Employees
The National Park Service is in need of short-term housing near Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for the summer’s seasonal workforce of park rangers, guides, maintenance workers, and research aids.

January 22, 2014
Temporary Site Closures at National Lakeshore
Three sites within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore may experience brief, temporary closures this winter. West Beach, Tolleston Dunes, and Cowles Bog may be closed on a few weekday afternoons between January 27 and March 31, 2014. The closures are to ensure the safety of the public during resource restoration work related to deer management. These sites will remain open on most weekdays this winter and will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

January 22, 2014
Night Sky Gazing at National Lakeshore
Winter offers some of our best stargazing opportunities. Join a star gazing club at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, January 25 between 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and learn about the Orion nebula, the Pleiades cluster, and Perseus. Participants will also learn basic star identification using telescopes, binoculars and star charts.

December 19, 2013
Educator Workshop at National Lakeshore
Last summer, two teachers, Stephanie Crook, of Hebron High School and William McCullom of Whiting’s George Rogers Clark High School, interned through the National Park Service’s Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Crook and McCullom will host a workshop for teachers and other educators who are interested in incorporating the Indiana Dunes into their lesson plans. They will share highlights from the programs they created while at the park including a bio-caching activity and a self-guided program using the park.

December 18, 2013
Winter Video Series at National Lakeshore
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Take a break from the cold winter weather at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center. Stop by the center everySaturdayafternoon at1:30 p.m.and enjoy a fun and educational video about nature, environmental issues, or other national parks.

December 17, 2013
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO BURN DEBRIS PILES THIS WINTER
The National Park Service will burn debris piles this winter at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

December 16, 2013
National Park Service Issues Finding of No Significant Impact for Wabash Avenue Porter Access Site Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service (NPS) has issued the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the “Wabash Avenue/Porter Access Site for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore”.

November 27, 2013
Burn Some Holiday Calories at the National Lakeshore
Burn off some holiday calories by joining a ranger on Friday, November 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to help remove vines, shrubs and small trees that are growing up around fruit trees at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Camp Good Fellow.

November 26, 2013
Two Poachers Caught Hunting Illegally
Two local men were apprehended hunting illegally in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore stemming from two separate incidents.

November 25, 2013
Holiday Traditions Program
Celebrate “Holiday Traditions in the Dunes” on Saturday, December 7, from Noon – 3:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Enjoy live holiday music and dance, tour two historic homes decked out in their holiday finest, let the kids make some holiday crafts, and even get a free taste of some traditional holiday treats. You don’t have to get chilled thanks to a free shuttle bus that runs between Chellberg Farm and the Bailly Homestead.

November 08, 2013
Help Restore Historic Landscape at National Lakeshore's Good Fellow Camp
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Please join a ranger for November's Stewardship Day to help restore the landscape around the historic Good Fellow Club Youth Campat Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Volunteers are needed onNovember 16, from9:00 a.m. to noon, to help remove vines, shrubs and small trees that are growing up around the camp's fruit trees.

November 07, 2013
Penny Whistles and Wild Turkeys at National Lakeshore
Wildlife in the dunes might be slowing down this month in preparation of cold weather to come, but the staff at the Douglas Center at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is busy preparing fun programs for families and visitors of all ages. Join us on Saturdays in November as we make musical instruments, learn about wild turkeys, enjoy photography from local students or just take a fall hike in Miller Woods.

November 07, 2013
NPS to conduct fall prescribed fires
The National Park Service is planning four prescribed fires this fall at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Approximately 550 acres will be burned. Fire is used as a tool for the park’s long-term restoration efforts.

October 18, 2013
National Lakeshore Reopens
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the entire National Park Service are back open.

September 27, 2013
Canoemobile Travels to Michigan City, Indiana
Wilderness Inquiry, based at Mississippi River and National Recreation Area in Minneapolis, Minnesota, hitched their up Canoemobile and rolled into Michigan City, Indiana just east of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

September 19, 2013
Our Duneland Heritage Program
Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm and our shared Duneland Heritage during this open house hosted by a ranger and volunteers on September 21, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

September 16, 2013
National Park Service Hosts Staff from Polish Sister Park
Two employees, Małgorzata Mickiewicz and Ewa Siatecka, from Poland’s Kampinos National Park will spend three weeks at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as part of a “Sister Park” program to learn how U.S. national parks are managed.

September 13, 2013
Hobart Prairie Grove Bike Program at National Lakeshore
Join a park ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Hobart Prairie Grove for a two-hour, guided bike ride and enjoy the beautiful fall flowers and diverse habitats along this trail.

September 10, 2013
Fort Building Contest at National Lakeshore
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Bring the family to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Nature Play Zone for a nature fort building challenge on Saturday, September 14. Using natural and other materials found in the Nature Play Zone, see if you can build the sturdiest, longest, or best-looking fort. The winning builders will earn a small prize. The nature fort building contest is in celebration of the 37th anniversary of the Paul H. Douglas Center, where the Nature Play Zone is located. Space is limited. To participate in the contest, call 219-395-1821 to reserve a spot.

September 03, 2013
World’s Fair Homes Tour Reservations Open September 9th
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Join a National Park Service ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a tour of five historic homes from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair on Saturday, October 19 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Each tour will last approximately two hours and includes a ranger-narrated shuttle ride from the parking area of the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to the Century of Progress Homes Site. There is no on-site parking available at the homes. Once on site, your ranger will lead you on an inside look at the Cypress Log House, House of Tomorrow, Florida House, Armco- Ferro House, and the Rostone House. Reservations are required and there is a $20 per person fee to cover the cost of the shuttle buses and other program expenses.

August 30, 2013
World's Fair Home Tours 2013
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Join a National Park Service ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a tour of five historic homes from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair on Saturday, October 19 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

August 22, 2013
Health Summit at National Lakeshore's Douglas Center
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: National parks like Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offer many opportunities for positive healthy lifestyle choices for visitors and local residents. Join the National Park Service and its partners, the American Heart Association and the United Urban Network, on Saturday, August 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education to learn what some of those positive choices could be for you.

August 14, 2013
National Park Service Finds Additional Hole at Mt. Baldy
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: On Monday, August 12, 2013, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5 (EPA), began using sensing equipment to look for anomalies, gaps, and holes in the Mt. Baldy dune of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This investigation is a follow-up to the rescue of Nathan Woessner from a hole that had developed in the dune in July.(Note to editors: the hole that led to the rescue was not a sinkhole and should not be referred to as a sinkhole).

August 09, 2013
National Park Service Unveils New Site Graphics for National Lakeshore
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: The National Park Service has unveiled a series of more than 25 graphic logos that depict the various sites that comprise Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The graphics, designed by park employees Jeff Manuszak and Katrina George, are designed to help the public understand that the widely dispersed visitor areas are all part of one national park.

August 05, 2013
National Park Service Unveils New Site Graphics for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE – The National Park Service and partners will unveil new site graphics for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore during a media event on August 8, 2013. Posters featuring some of the new site graphic logos will be distributed at the news event.

July 30, 2013
AUGUST PROGRAMS AT NATIONAL LAKESHORE
Enjoy family-friendly activities every day in August between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul Douglas Center. In addition to lots of indoor activities, get outside and let the kids enjoy the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is encouraged. You can also hike the new Miller Woods trail extension all the way to Lake Michigan. After you return to the Douglas Center, step inside and help feed the resident turtles and fish.

July 29, 2013
37-Year-Old Man Drowns in Lake Michigan
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: The National Park Service, Beverly Shores Police Department, Beverly Shores Fire Department and the Porter Fire Department Dive Rescue team rescued three members of a family that were swimming in the park at Lake View Beach on Saturday.

July 24, 2013
National Lakeshore Superintendent Dillon to Retire
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Costa Dillon, Superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will retire from federal service on August 26, 2013 after more than 35 years with the National Park Service (NPS).

July 19, 2013
Cowles Centennial Celebration at National Lakeshore
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: In 1913, pioneering ecologist Henry Chandler Cowles, led an international group of scientists on an exploration of the Indiana dunes. On Saturday, August 3, you can retrace their footsteps. Join the National Park Service and guest speakers for a full day of special programs and hikes in commemoration of the centennial of the 1913 International Phytogeographic Excursion.

July 15, 2013
Mount Baldy Closure Extended at National Lakeshore
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: The National Park Service has extended the closure of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Mount Baldy indefinitely. The extension is needed to bring in additional resources for the investigation of the hole that opened up on July 12 trapping a six-year old boy for 3 ½ hours. The boy was rescued and is currently in critical condition at a Chicago hospital.

July 15, 2013
Boy Trapped Under Sand at National Lakeshore’s Mount Baldy
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: National park rangers and Michigan City Police were notified at approximately 4:30 p.m. on July 12 that a 6-year old boy had fallen into a hole on the Mount Baldy sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A rescue effort was conducted by National Park Service personnel, Michigan City Police and Fire units, LaPorte County EMS and heavy equipment operators from D & M Excavators, Woodruff and Son, and NIPSCO. The boy was found 11 feet below the surface of the dune and transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City and then later flown to a medical facility in Chicago. The boy has vital signs, but his exact condition is not yet known.

July 10, 2013
National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on Wabash Avenue/Porter Access Site
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: The National Park Service has released the draft Environmental Assessment for “Wabash Avenue/Porter Access Site”, and is seeking public comment. Each unit of the national park system is driven by federal enabling legislation and this assessment is needed to ensure the Wabash Avenue project is in harmony with the legislative intent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Environmental Assessment evaluates five possible alternatives in depth. The alternatives addressed include pedestrian circulation, vehicle circulation, visitor facilities and parking options. The alternatives meet park purposes and objectives while protecting park resources and minimizing impacts. All alternatives are consistent with applicable NPS laws, policies, and regulations.

Did You Know?

log cabin and a three story house with trees behind and grass in front

Bailly Homestead National Historic Landmark was the home of Joseph Aubert de Gaspe Bailly de Messein. Believed to be one of the first non-native residents of Northwest Indiana, he lived on the site until his death in 1835. More...