Late Winter Programs at National Lakeshore

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Date: February 8, 2016

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: The following programs are being offered at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore over the next month. Please see the individual program descriptions listed below. For more information on any of the programs at the national lakeshore, contact Ryan Koepke at 219-395-1882 or check the park's website at www.nps.gov/indu. All programs are free.

Release Date: February 8, 2016

Contact: Ryan Koepke, e-mail us, 219-395-1882

Find Your Park Film Series

Each weekend, explore a different National Park Service site through the Find Your Park Film Series.This year-long series celebrates the upcoming 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and 50th anniversary of the national lakeshore in 2016. The films last about an hour and are shown at2:00 p.m.on Sundays at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center in Porter and on Saturdays at the Paul H. Douglas Center in Miller.

Upcoming films will feature Blue Ridge Parkway and Antietam at the Douglas Center onFebruary 13;Mammoth Cave and Cape Lookout at the Visitor Center onFebruary 14and the Douglas Center onFebruary 20;Mount Rainier at the Visitor Center onFebruary 21and the Douglas Center onFebruary 27;Arches National Park onFebruary 28at the Visitor Center andMarch 5at the Douglas Center.

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. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street in the Miller section of Gary, 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.

Music Heritage Series at National Lakeshore

Tune up your vocal cords and join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with winter. Gather up onFriday, February 19, from7:30 p.m. –9:00 p.m.at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 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.

You Can't Get There From Here Anymore!

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has experienced many notable changes since its establishment 50 years ago. In size alone, the park has expanded from 8,330 acres of land in 1966 to its current size of more than 15,000 acres. Join retired ranger Darryl Blink for a historic look into the early days and development of the lakeshore. This month's program meets at the Visitor Center onFebruary 26from7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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.

A Patchwork of History Passed Down

Join Peggy Whitlow at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Visitor Center as she shares her family heritage through quilt making, a tradition passed down by her grandmother, a former slave. Family quilts dating to the 1800s will be on display. This one-hour program will be offered onFebruary 27 at 2:00 p.m.

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.

Maple Sugar Time at National Lakeshore

Enjoy an early taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's annual Maple Sugar Time event. In addition, to the free, ranger-led tours of the sugaring operation at historic Chellberg Farm, a pancake breakfast will be available for purchase from the Chesterton Lion's Club. The farm will be bustling with maple sugaring activities from10:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.on the weekends of March 5 &6 andMarch 12 &13, 2016.

One-hour tours start every 20 minutes each day. Join one to learn how American Indians first boiled maple sap into sugar and how early settlers used large iron kettles to make syrup. Then, stand in the warm steam of the sugar shack where sap is still boiled down the way the Chellberg family did it back in the 1930s. Try your hand at drilling a tap hole, lugging heavy sap buckets using an old-fashioned yoke, or just enjoying a free taste of pure maple syrup! Warm up in the farm house and collect recipes featuring maple syrup. You can even learn how to make maple syrup at home and how modern maple sugar farmers use advanced technology to make syrup today.

Pure maple syrup and sugar, and related products like maple-flavored popcorn and maple water, will be for sale on site. Maple Sugar Time takes place at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Highway 12 in the central portion of the national lakeshore. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the park website atwww.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisitor contact the park's information desk at 219-395-1882.

 



Last updated: February 8, 2016

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