Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Hosts Open House at Park Headquarters and Superintendent's Forum
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Did you know Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has two fire stations? Or, that the park grows thousands of native plants used to restore the natural landscape? See these activities and more at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Open House this Saturday, July 21 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 pm.
Visitors can tour a park fire station and see demonstrations of fire equipment. They can also tour the park's new greenhouse dedicated to propagating native plants for park restoration projects. Various other park administration and maintenance facilities will also be open. The Dunes National Park Association (DNPA) will be on hand to provide information about how the organization supports Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and will provide light refreshments. The park headquarters was once a Nike missile base, so those interested in the history of the site are also invited to stop by.
Superintendent Costa Dillon is hosting his third of four public Open Forums during the same time in the Park Headquarters Meeting Room. Superintendent Dillon shares, "Many people wonder what it takes to manage this national park or what is in all these headquarters buildings. We want people to see what the park does and ask questions about how the National Park Service operates."
The headquarters is located at 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter, Indiana. No reservations are required to attend either the free Open House or Open Forum. For more information or directions contact the national lakeshore's information desk at 219-395-1882.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 397 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.