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Contact: Ted Winterfeld, 219-395-1661
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INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE – On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore celebrates National Public Lands Day with several volunteer projects that need your help. This volunteer day is not only a lot of fun, but is also a great way to get the recommended 60-minutes of daily activity, while you lend a hand for your local national park.
The day's activities will support an ongoing project to restore Black Oak Savanna, one of the world’s most endangered habitats, in the Miller Woods area of the national lakeshore. Volunteers will clear invasive species, pick up litter on the trails, and revitalize a foot bridge.
In addition to park rangers, two Student Conservation Association Centennial Ambassadors, Hunter Moseley, from Kansas, and Grant Smith, from Southern California, will help lead the work. These two interns are committed to helping celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 by leading volunteer projects across the park for one full year. They have been working hard learning about the Indiana Dunes and now they are ready to lead volunteer projects. There is plenty to do starting with National Public Lands Day.
Join Hunger and Grant between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 North Lake Street, Gary, Indiana. Everyone is invited to participate. If possible, groups should register in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your group name and number of participants. Volunteers should wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and closed-toed shoes. You may also want to bring bug repellent, a snack, water bottle, and rain gear. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 408 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. The national lakeshore features 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. Almost 2 million visitors come to this national park each year.