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Bring your kayak and join a park ranger for an easy paddle on the Marquette Lagoons on Saturday June 25, July 16 or August 13. Meet the ranger anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to explore the lagoons that straddle Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the City of Gary's Marquette Park. During the paddle, the ranger will lead you to a beaver lodge where you might just get a glimpse of one of our "busiest animals." Meet the ranger at the stairs just north of Marquette Park's Pavilion. Visitors must bring their own kayak, life jacket and paddle.
When you're done with your paddle, travel just about 10 minutes down the road to the national lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center for an open house of fun, educational activities and the beautiful Miller Woods hiking trail. The center is open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. everyday during the summer. Make a free craft, enjoy hands-on exhibits or help feed the Douglas Center's resident amphibians, reptiles and fish. Kids can even build a fort in the center's Nature Play Zone using materials found in nature.
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.