August Programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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Date: July 29, 2014

Program Announcement #1
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Julie Larsen, julianne_larsen@nps.gov, 219-395-1821

Park Focus Programs at National Lakeshore

There’s always something different to focus on in a park as diverse as Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Join a ranger at the Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturdays and Sundays in August for activities and topics ranging from guest speakers to new research results. The programs change each week, but the program location remains the same. Check the park’s website or call the Douglas Center for specific topics at 219-395-1821.

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #2
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Kid’s Rule at National Lakeshore Visitor Center

Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s visitor center for a Sunday afternoon of kid’s activities, puppet shows, stories, and fun. Stop in the center’s activity room between 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. so your children can learn a little more about our neighborhood national park. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 N. State Road 49 just south of the intersection of 49 and U.S. 20 in Porter, Indiana. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #3
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Music Heritage Series at National Lakeshore

Join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with the Sounds of Summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Tune up your vocal cords and gather up for a sing-along on August 15, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.

The Save the Tunes Council is a group of local musicians devoted to preserving and passing on folk songs in the traditional way, using a variety of musical instruments including guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, banjo, harmonica, bagpipe, penny whistle, hurdy gurdy, and other obscure instruments.

Meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center located at 1215 N. State Road 49 just south of the intersection of 49 and U.S. 20 in Porter, Indiana. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #4
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Stewardship Day at the National Lakeshore – Look Out, Invasives

On August 16 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, join a ranger and volunteer in helping to care for your local national park. We will be restoring dune habitat at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk by removing sweet clover and other invasive plants. Wear comfortable clothes; work gloves and equipment will be provided. Insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended.

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk is located at 100 Riverwalk Drive in Portage, Indiana. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #5
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Junior Wildland Firefighter Programs at the National Lakeshore

Meet the park’s fire crew and learn about their jobs and equipment at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. After this hands-on program, children will receive their very own Junior Wildland Firefighter activity book and patch.
 
This program will be held at two different locations in August. On August 9, it will be held at the Dunewood Campground’s amphitheater from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and on August 23, meet the crew at the West Beach Contact Station from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Short-term parking is available for amphitheater programs at the campground registration building.
 
For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #6
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Rangers Choice Hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s exceptional diversity of life on a special ranger-led hike every Friday morning in August. The topic and location will change each week so we can highlight the best of the national lakeshore’s changing beauty. Meet the ranger at the Visitor Center on August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 to join in on the fun!

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 N. State Road 49 just south of the intersection of 49 and U.S. 20 in Porter, Indiana. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #7
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Our Duneland Heritage at National Lakeshore

Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm during this open house hosted by a ranger and see a traditional craft or farming demonstration on August 16, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Chellberg/Bailly parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit or contact the park’s information desk at 219-395-1882.

  

Program Announcement #8
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Campground Program at National Lakeshore

Join a ranger around the campfire and learn about the incredible diversity of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the work that’s done to help keep the park healthy. This one-hour program will be held every Saturday in August at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunewood Campground Amphitheater. Short-term parking is available for amphitheater programs at the campground registration building.
 
The Dunewood Campground is located at the cross streets of Dunewood Parkway and Golfwood Road in Michigan City, Indiana. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #9
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Chellberg Farm Open House at National Lakeshore

Tour the historic Chellberg Farmhouse in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and learn about the lives of early Duneland farm families. This open house will be held every Saturday in August from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Park in the Chellberg/Bailly parking lot and walk to the Chellberg Farmhouse.

The Chellberg/Bailly parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit or contact the park’s information desk at 219-395-1882.

  

Program Announcement #10
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Pinhook Bog Open House at National Lakeshore

Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Pinhook Bog on Sunday afternoons in August from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tour the bog on your own and talk to rangers stationed along the trail who will help you understand this unique place filled with carnivorous plants. Allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog.

The Pinhook Bog parking lot is located at 700 North Wozniak Road in Michigan City, Indiana. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #11
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Miller Woods Hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Take a Sunday afternoon stroll with a ranger through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods. This trail features one of the rarest habitats in the country, black oak savanna. This program is offered every Sunday in August and begins at 1:30 p.m. Depending on the weather the length of this hike can vary from one-half mile to three miles. For information on this week’s hike, call the Paul H. Douglas Center at 219-395-1821.

The center is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #12
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Julie Larsen, julianne_larsen@nps.gov, 219-395-1821

Fort Building Contest at the Douglas Center in the National Lakeshore

Form a family or small group team and test your architectural skills by building a fort out of natural materials found in the Nature Play Zone at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Douglas Center. This program takes place on August 2nd beginning at 10:00 a.m. Fun prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #13
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Sunset Hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Take a leisurely stroll with a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Central Avenue Beach and watch the sunset over Lake Michigan. This one-hour program begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be offered on Friday, August 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th. During the program, learn about threats to the Indiana dunes and what you can do to help protect this special place. Please note that most areas of the park, including Central Avenue Beach, close 30 minutes after sunset.

Meet at the Central Beach Parking Lot located at 151 Central Avenue just west of Michigan City, Indiana. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #14
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

View the Perseid Meteor Shower National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a spectacular evening light show courtesy of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. Meet at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach on Monday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. and see how many meteors you can count. We will also have a telescope set-up so you can get a better look at one of the visible planets. Bring a blanket or chair to make your viewing easier during this two-hour program. There is a $6.00 per vehicle charge for entrance until 6:30 pm. Meet at the bulletin board at the north end of the parking lot.

West Beach is located ¼ mile north of highway U.S. 12 on County Line Road in Portage. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #15
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Dunes Art Exhibit at National Lakeshore

On August 2, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. join two local artists at the Paul H. Douglas Center as they share their artistic impressions of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Marsha Browne, a painter and illustrator from Chesterton, and her sister Tamara Browne, a photographer currently residing in Washington D.C., have captured the beauty of the Indiana dunes in their diverse artwork.

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

  

Program Announcement #16
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Ryan Koepke, ryan_koepke@nps.gov, 219-395-1882

Insects Program at the National Lakeshore

Learn about the importance of the most numerous animals on earth – Insects! Join insect expert Jim Louderman from The Field Museum of Chicago from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on August 9, at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Douglas Center. Jim will show insects that have been found in the national lakeshore, as well as, some very exotic ones from all over the world.

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

 

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The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 401 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year. More information can be found at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit or contact our information desk at 219- 395-1882.



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