Self-Guided Trip

Thanks for bringing your group to Indiana Dunes National Park. As you plan your trip, please use our available resources such as our self-guided hike curriculums. For a printed paper copy of the following curriculums, please email us your mailing address, along with the name of requested curriculum, or call our Education Programs Ranger/Specialist, Christine Gerlach, at 219-395-1885.

Though we cannot always provide a ranger-led hike at our education center, please consider working with the education specialist to set up a visit to the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Eduction where you can accomplish a self-guided hike inside and outside the facility. Provided below is one of our three new self-guided programs that adhere to visiting the Paul H. Douglas Center. Once you have selected your trip date and location, please call our scheduling office at 219-395-1885 so we can put your group on our calendar. We want to know that you are coming because it:

  • Helps us coordinate the use of different park areas.

  • Helps minimize overbooking the use of the environmental education building.

  • Enables us to inform you about changes to the area(s) you are visiting.

  • Allows us to direct you to resources you may not know about.

 

A Day at the Dunes

"A Day at the Dunes" is a curriculum that teachers can use to lead a self-guided hike of Indiana Dunes National Park. There are also pre-visit activities and post-visit activities that we can send to you directly upon request.

 
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A group of students play in the Nature Play Zone at the Paul H. Douglas Center at Indiana Dunes National Park.

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Visiting the Nature Play Zone at the Paul H. Douglas Center

Our mission is to preserve and protect all natural resources, but here at the Nature Play Zone, a small area at the environmental education center, we have set aside a part of the national park for a hands on play area. Here children may play with, manipulate, and use their imaginations with the natural objects found within.

 

Self-Guided Activity Packet for Grades 2-8

Teachers can use this set of activities when visitng the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

 

You can also send your requests for printed copies of these curriculums to:

Attn: Christine Gerlach
Indiana Dunes National Park
1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

 

Educational Fee Waivers

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 area for genuine educational or scientific purposes during this time 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.

Last updated: February 18, 2022

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Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter , IN 46304

Phone:

219 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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