Memorial Day Weekend Programs at National Lakeshore

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Date: May 21, 2015
Contact: Ryan Koepke, 219-395-1882

Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the unofficial start of the summer. Get out to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to enjoy the weekend with a variety of fun and educational ranger-led programs. The national lakeshore is offering these nine programs over the holiday weekend.

 

Campfire Program at National Lakeshore’s Campground
Join a ranger around the campfire at the Dunewood Campground Amphitheater on Friday, May 22, at 8:30 pm and learn about the incredible diversity of beautiful places you can explore at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. In addition, get a preview of the brand new “Dunes Scavenger Hunt” that will take you on a self-guided tour of nine national lakeshore sites. Short-term parking is available for amphitheater programs at the campground registration building.

The Dunewood Campground is located at the cross streets of Dunewood Parkway and Golfwood Road in Michigan City, 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.

 

Open House at the National Lakeshore’s Douglas Center
Enjoy fun, family-friendly activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center every Saturday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Then, take the kids outside to the center’s Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is encouraged. You can also help feed the center’s resident turtles and fish or join a ranger for a hike in the beautiful Miller Woods.

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.

 

Beginning Birding Program at the National Lakeshore
Join a ranger on Saturday, May 23 at 9:00 am for a Beginning Birding Hike at the Great Marsh Trail in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This 90-minute hike is a great opportunity for beginners of all ages who want to take up this great way to enjoy the outdoors.

The Great Marsh Trail parking lot is located on Broadway Street just north of the Beverly Shores Train Station in the Beverly Shores area. 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.

 

Pinhook Bog Open House at National Lakeshore
Take an hour-long self-guided hike into Indiana’s only quaking bog. Rangers and volunteers stationed along the trail will help you understand this unique place filled with carnivorous plants that grow on top of a floating mat of peat moss over an ancient glacial lake. Allow one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. This open house will be held on Saturday, May 23 from 12:00 pm-3:00 pm.

The Pinhook Bog parking lot is located at 700 North Wozniak Road in Michigan City, 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.

 

Sunset Hike at National Lakeshore’s Central Avenue Beach
Stroll down Central Avenue Beach with a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and enjoy the sunset over Lake Michigan. This 60-minute program starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 23. During this leisurely hike, learn about the threats to our fragile Indiana dunes and what you can do to help protect them.

Meet at the Central Beach Parking Lot located at 151 Central Avenue just west of Michigan City, 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.

 

Bike Ride with a Ranger at the National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a bike ride starting at the Dunewood Campground and traveling along the Calumet Bike Trail at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This two-hour guided ride will be offered every Sunday morning at 9:00 am between May 24 and September 6. Short-term parking is available near the campground’s registration building for non-campers participating in bike ride programs.

The Dunewood Campground is located at the cross streets of Dunewood parkway and Golfwood Road in Michigan City, 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.

 

Kid’s Fun at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
Meet the ranger in the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center’s activity room for a Sunday afternoon of kid’s activities, puppet shows, stories, and fun. Stop in anytime between 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm to help your children learn a little more about your neighborhood national park. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

 

Bailly Homestead & Chellberg Farm Open House at National Lakeshore
Learn about the centuries-old lifestyles of Duneland residents by exploring the historic Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm. This open house will be held every Sunday between May 24 and September 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Park in the Bailly & Chellberg Parking Lot and walk the trail to the Homestead and Farmhouse.

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.

 

Miller Woods Hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Take a Sunday afternoon stroll with a ranger through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods. The trail features one of the rarest habitats in the country, black oak savanna. This program is offered every Sunday during the summer and begins at 1:30 p.m. Depending on the weather the length of this hike can vary from one-half mile to three miles. For information on this week’s hike, call the Paul H. Douglas Center at 219-395-1821.

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.

 

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Last updated: May 22, 2015

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