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National Public Lands Day at Indiana Dunes National Park

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Date: September 22, 2021
Contact: Sarah Sherwood, 219-221-7098

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK: Indiana Dunes National Park is hosting a park clean-up for National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 25, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at West Beach. Join park staff, Mermaid Straw, Dig the Dunes, and more for a day of stewardship focused around reducing single-use plastic waste and celebrating our public lands. This event is an extension of Trash Trekkers, a drop-in trash collection program in the park. 

The event will kick off at West Beach at 9:00 am, where volunteers will sign in and pick up supplies, though visitors may participate any time before noon. This event is family-friendly and will feature “live,” professional mermaids available for meet and greets. Each volunteer will receive a fee-free coupon that grants single-day entry into federal public lands, as well as other free goodies and refreshments. 

Due to continuing concerns about COVID-19, please bring a mask and practice social distancing. In the spirit of the event, please remember to bring your own reusable water bottles. Trash bags and other safety gear will be provided. Please wear appropriate footwear for the beach and trails. Volunteers are also encouraged to visit other locations in the national park to remove litter. 

West Beach is located at 376 North County Line Road in Portage. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at and our Facebook page at

Indiana Dunes National Park is one of 423 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Located in Northwest Indiana, the park includes 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 15,000 acres of biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies, and marshes. Over 3 million visitors come to the Indiana Dunes each year.  

Last updated: September 22, 2021

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