The Indiana Dunes have a long and fascinating history of attracting scientists, teachers, and students alike to study and explore globally rare ecosystems. The process of unlocking the mysteries of the dunes that began in the late 1800s with Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles continues today. Indiana Dunes National Park and park partners host a variety of opportunities that continue this tradition.
Thousands of students participate in education programs at the Indiana Dunes National Park every year. The national park offers programs at various locations throughout Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties, such as the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, the historic areas of Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm, and natural areas and trails throughout the park. It is a wonderful place to bring students for ranger-led programs or for self-guided exploration. Teacher program packets, classroom activities, and other resources are available to make visits more enjoyable or just to learn more about this unique national park site.
Whether you are a classroom teacher planning to schedule your class for a visit to the dunes or a youth group leader searching for activity ideas, the national park has a variety of web resources available to you. Learn about our different programs offered by national park staff and how to schedule them by viewing our Plan a Field Trip web page.
Indiana Dunes National Park is privileged to have its very own residential environmental learning center. Established in 1998, the nonprofit Dunes Learning Center, provides year round curriculum- and field-based learning experiences in and around Indiana Dunes National Park. Learn more at duneslearningcenter.org.
Last updated: March 16, 2020