Plan A Field Trip

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Ranger Guided

Learn about scheduling a program led by a Ranger

Students overlooking Lake Michigan along the sandy Cowles Bog Trail

Learn about leading your own visit to the Park


Educational Fee Waivers:

Beginning March 31st, 2022 Indiana Dunes National Park will charge an entrance fee, but educational groups can apply for an Academic Entrance Fee Waiver. Please note, Academic fee waivers are not provided for camping. When scheduling a field trip through the Indiana Dunes National Park, 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: Groups visiting the park for genuine educational or scientific purposes may obtain an Academic Fee Waiver if your group meets established criteria. PLEASE NOTE: If your planned educational visit is primarily for recreational purposes, such as swimming, then a fee waiver can not be granted.
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Residential/Overnight Trip

  • An overnight field trip option is available through our partner, Dunes Learning Center which is located within the national park. For more information, please visit the Dunes Learning Center website.

Last updated: March 5, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


219 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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