Join Ranger Maria and become an Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Web Ranger. Make discoveries and learn fascinating facts about Indiana Dunes, Lake Michigan, plants, animals, and people on your way to becoming a Web Ranger. Earn a certificate. Learn more on Park Fun page.
Kids and adults alike can also take our Water Safety Challenge with DERF, the robot. You can find DERF on the Park Fun page.
Looking for something fun to do during your visit to the lakeshore? Be sure to check out the Junior Ranger page to learn about activity guides you can do with your family.
Check out what other young people are writing, drawing and photographing from their visits to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This page is dedicated to showcasing the work of young people who visit the park. If you or your class recently visited the national lakeshore, and you have produced something interesting to share, please call Edwin Alcox at 219 395-1548. We can't promise it will make the gallery, but we will review the work and let you know if it can be used.
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.