The diverse ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes have long attracted scientists, educators, and students to study relationships between living and non-living things. An early, prominent researcher and educator of the region was Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles, who published his doctoral dissertation on Lake Michigan dunes ecology in 1899. Introducing the scientific community to the dunes built critical support to protect this irreplaceable landscape. Cowles inspired countless scientists and naturalists, and his legacy of learning in “the field” continues today; Indiana Dunes National Park and park partners host a variety of learning opportunities that continue to celebrate this heritage.
Last updated: September 24, 2020