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Get in the Halloween spirit a few days early on from at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Douglas Center. Bring the family and friends for lots of fun holiday-themed nature activities, hikes and fun. Live owls, bats and noisy insects will be the featured during our “Who’s Making Noise on Halloween Night” program. Come dressed in your costume and you may win a small prize.
Kim Hoover of “Hoots to Howls” rehabilitation center will bring an assortment of native owls under their care and share their stories from in the auditorium. This non-profit center cares for a myriad of raptors and mammals and releases them back to the wild when possible.
One of our regular guest presenters, Jim Louderman of the Chicago Field Museum, showcases the benefits and diversity of insects and spiders in our world. Jim will lead a night hike, weather permitting, to search for bats and bugs in Miller Woods.
Before the program, you may want to take a hike through Miller Woods to enjoy spectacular fall wildflowers and migrating birds. Or bring the family to build a fort and play in the adjacent Nature Play Zone, make a free craft, or help feed the fish, reptiles and amphibians who live in the Douglas Center’s animal room.
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 in the Miller section of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1821 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.