Plan A Field Trip

There are three basic types of field trips to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. One of which is through the Dunes Learning Center.

1. Self Guided

  • Check out the Self Guided section where we have provided some samples and suggestions. Before you come, let us know so we can alert you to special concerns about the area you will be visiting. Visit the Self Guided Field Trip page for more information.

2. Ranger Guided

  • At times, we can provide educators for your group based on one of our developed programs that you select. However, for most of the year, staffing is very limited. Visit the Ranger Guided Field Trip page for more information.
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3. Residential/Overnight trip

  • A West Beach Field Trip option is available through our partner, Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center that is located within the national lakeshore. For more information, please visit the Dunes Learning Center website.


West Beach Field Trips:

When scheduling a West Beach field trip through the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, you can select either a Self Guided or Ranger Guided visit.

In both cases you MUST...

  • Coordinate the transportation, supervision, educational, and recreational opportunities.
  • Fee Waiver: During the summer months (Friday, Memorial Weekend - Monday, Labor Day), the West Beach area of the park is a Federal Fee Area. Groups visiting the area for genuine educational or scientific purposes during this time may obtain a West Beach Fee Waiver if your group meets established criteria. PLEASE NOTE: If your planned educational visit includes recreation at the lakefront, such as swimming, an educational fee waiver CANNOT be granted.

Last updated: May 16, 2018

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Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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