November 7, 2013
Julie Larsen, 219-395-1821
INDIANA DUNES 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.
National Park Service Volunteer Scott Conner will demonstrate how to make penny whistles during the Douglas Center open house on Saturday, November 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This old- time instrument has been popular in our country for hundreds of years, and Conner will teach participants how to make one from ordinary household items. The program is geared towards visitors over 7 years old. All necessary materials will be furnished free of charge for continued music at home with your penny whistle.
The November 16th, the Douglas Center’s Saturday open house will feature the return of wild turkeys to the dunes landscape. This program will be offered at 1:30 and 2:30 pm and feature a short slide program followed by a puppet show.
Also beginning on the 16th, Ken Bolton's photography class from Purdue University Calumet will display their dunes photos inside the center. The exhibit features over a dozen photographs taken for their class and will remain on display until January. The exhibit will get kicked off with an informal reception at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 16.
The Douglas Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will open again on Friday to allow visitors to walk off those Thanksgiving Day calories on the Miller Woods Trail. Bring your out-of-town guests to the Douglas Center over the holidays to show off your neighborhood national park, enjoy the photo exhibit, and enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate inside the center on Friday, November 29 or Saturday, November 30.
Family Day at the Douglas Center affords visitors an opportunity to play with our changing, hands-on exhibits, make a free craft, or help feed the center’s resident reptiles and amphibians every Saturday. Free refreshments add to the open house atmosphere where the park introductory video can also be watched. The new nature play area just outside the center is open for unstructured play until 4 p.m.
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.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 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.