January 22, 2014
Julie Larsen, 219-395-1821
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.
Indoor activities are also planned in case of inclement weather which include two short films about the Milky Way galaxy and light pollution. Explore the center’s exhibits on the national lakeshore and a special display featuring other National Park Service sites with an African American connection will be available for families to enjoy. These exhibit materials including the civil rights movement will be on display from January 18 through March 4.
As always, families can make a free craft, enjoy the hands-on exhibits or help feed the Douglas Center’s resident amphibians, reptiles and fish. Snowshoes and cross country skis are available for free checkout from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. every Saturday with an inch of snow or more.
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.
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 401 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. More information can be found at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit or contact our information desk at 219- 395-1882.