January 2016 Programs at the National Lakeshore

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Date: December 22, 2015

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Get out of the house this winter on a ranger-led program or hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. For information on the programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park's website at www.nps.gov/indu.

Fun Science Experiments for Children at National Lakeshore

Join Ambassador Girl Scout Shelby Hoyert onSaturday, January 3, at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center as she demonstrates fun science experiments for kids as part of her Gold Award project. The project focuses on teaching kids science experiments to encourage interest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, &Math) fields of study. She has created a website, curiescience4kids.weebly.com, that describes several experiments that can be done at home.

Shelby will be demonstrating experiments from1:00 pm –4:00 pmat the Douglas Center. She has donated kits to local area elementary schools for use in their afterschool programs and will be donating to kits to the National Park Service for use at the Douglas Center.

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located at 100 North Lake Street in Miller, 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.

Find Your Park Film Series

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

Upcoming films will feature The Grand Canyon at the Douglas Center onJanuary 2, African Burial Ground National Monumentat the Visitor Center onJanuary 3and the Douglas Center onJanuary 9,Mount Rushmore at the Visitor Center onJanuary 10and the Douglas Center onJanuary 16, the National Parks of Arkansas onJanuary 17and at the Douglas Center onJanuary 23, and the Acadia National Park at the Visitor Center onJanuary 24and the Douglas Center onJanuary 30.

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 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.

Martin Luther King Program at National Lakeshore

Celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, January 9thfor a day of programs, special displays and volunteer projects.

Join a ranger at10:00 amor12:30 pm, for an hour-long armchair tour of national park sites that celebrate our African-American history. Photographs and stories from sites like the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (NHS), Chicago Portage Naval Magazine National Memorial, Brown vs. Board of Education NHS, Central High School NHS, and the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail will be featured. After the program, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., join in on a volunteer activity. Projects involve separating native seeds from the chaff and preparing wild indigo seeds for planting throughout the park this spring.

Throughout the day check out special exhibits on national park service sites with an African-American connection. You can even earn a free small prize by completing an indoor scavenger hunt. This exhibit will be on display at the Douglas Center fromJanuary 9 through March 3

The Douglas Center is located at 100 North Lake Street in the Miller section of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the Douglas Center at 219-395-1821 or check the park website at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit

Snowshoe Program at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center

Learn a little bit about nature in winter and how to explore its beauty on snowshoes. Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's visitor center for a brief indoor program on winter and the use of snowshoes. Then, get a chance to try out some snowshoes on a ranger-led hike through the fields and woods surrounding the center. This two-hour program will be offered at1:00 pmonJanuary 9,January 16, andJanuary 30. There are a limited number of snowshoes available for loan during this program or you can bring your own. If there is not enough snow, we will offer a hike instead.

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.

Music Heritage Series at National Lakeshore

Tune up your vocal chords and join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with winter. Gather up on Friday, January 15, from7:30 pm –9:00 pmat 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.

Open House at the National Lakeshore's Douglas Center

Enjoy fun, family-friendly activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center everySaturdayfrom9:00 am –3:00 pm. Then, if there's enough snow, borrow some of the center's cross-country skis and explore the beautiful Miller woods in winter. You can also help feed the center's resident turtles and fish or just explore the center's exhibits.

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.

Kids Fishing Tackle Series at National Lakeshore

Kids get a chance to make their own fishing tackle under the expert guidance of a park ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This free program will be offered monthly throughout the winter so kids can fill their tackle box in anticipation of the next fishing season. The program is free and is offered this month onSaturday, January 16, from1:00 –3:00 pmat the Paul H. Douglas Center. Parents must remain with their children during the program. There is a limit of 20 children and you must sign up for the program by calling 219-395-1882.

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

Snowshoe Hike

Meet a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Bailly/Chellberg parking lot for a quick lesson on using snowshoes. Then take a hike to enjoy the beauty of winter and learn more about the adaptations that Duneland creatures make to survive this unforgiving season. The program is offered onJanuary 23from1:00 pm –3:00 pm. If there is less than two inches of snow, a hike will be offered instead. A limited amount of equipment is available for this free program.

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.

Yoga Tales at Douglas Center

Join Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's volunteer yoga instructor, Angela Appleton-Carver, to learn yoga poses and stretching exercises while you listen to nature stories. Angela will be leading this program onSaturday, January 30at the Paul H. Douglas Center from1:00 pm -2:00 pm. These fun yoga sessions are geared to all ages and require no equipment. This is a great way to get some exercise in the winter.

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



Last updated: December 22, 2015

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