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August 15, 2017
Canning Demonstration at the National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm
Join staff and the creative Chellberg Farm cooks to learn how to preserve and can vegetables at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Sunday, August 27. Pickles will be canned from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and tomatoes will be canned from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

August 15, 2017
Fort Building Contest at National Lakeshore’s Douglas Center
Bring your family or group of friends to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, August 26, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to compete in a fort building contest using materials found in nature.

August 10, 2017
A Look at Aquatic Life in the Little Calumet River at National Lakeshore
On Friday, August 18, from 6:00 pm to approximately 7:00 pm, the public is invited to join Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Environmental Protection Specialist Charles Morris, PhD, and his staff as they showcase live fish and other organisms found in the Little Calumet River.

August 10, 2017
Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing at National Lakeshore
Solar eclipse fever has hit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as the region will experience an 89% eclipse of the sun! Please join National Park Service staff, astronomy experts, and volunteers as we host an informal viewing party from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Monday, August 21 at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk pavilion. The eclipse will take place from 11:55 am to 2:44 pm, peaking at 1:21 pm.

August 04, 2017
Music Heritage Series Concert at National Lakeshore
Tune up your vocal cords for a night of music and singing on Friday, August 18, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.

August 04, 2017
Coffee with a Ranger at National Lakeshore
Join a park ranger for a free cup of coffee or tea while overlooking Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s beautiful Miller Woods. A ranger with a coffee pot will be available at the national lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center on both Saturday August 12 and 26, at 9:30 am.

August 03, 2017
Fish with a Ranger at the National Lakeshore
Join a park ranger for some fishing at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.

August 03, 2017
Stargazing Program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Join fellow astronomy lovers and enjoy our night sky from one of the darkest spots in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

August 03, 2017
Insects Program at National Lakeshore
Chicago Field Museum entomologist, Jim Louderman, brings his bug mania to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Douglas Center on Saturday, August 12, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

July 31, 2017
Kemil Beach Campfire Program at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a sunset and campfire program on Saturday, August 12, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Kemil Beach.

July 31, 2017
Nature-Themed Yoga on the Beach at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for nature-themed yoga on the beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Discover the physical and mental benefits of yoga on Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the national lakeshore’s Kemil Beach.

July 31, 2017
Canning Demonstration at the National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm
Join staff and the creative Chellberg Farm cooks to learn how to preserve and can the “vegetable garden’s bounty” at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Sunday, August 6 and Sunday, August 27.

July 31, 2017
Pinhook Bog Open House at National Lakeshore
Take a self-guided hike into the amazing Pinhook Bog every Saturday in August from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

July 31, 2017
Sunset Paddles at Marquette Lagoons and National Lakeshore
Bring your kayak or canoe and enjoy a leisurely sunset paddle with a park ranger every Thursday evening in August from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Marquette Lagoons.

July 28, 2017
Free Symphony Concert in the Dunes
This year’s free concert by the Northwest Indiana Symphony on Friday, August 4 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach will have a family focus.

July 28, 2017
Miller Woods Hikes Offered at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a hike through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods every Sunday in August from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, starting from Paul H. Douglas Center.

July 28, 2017
Flint Knapping Program at the National Lakeshore
Learn how to make arrowheads and other points from stone in a flint knapping program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, August 5, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

July 28, 2017
Playdate in the National Lakeshore’s Nature Play Zone
Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate and play in the outdoors at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, August 5 and Saturday, August 19, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

July 28, 2017
Beginning Birding Tours at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger and fellow birding enthusiasts every Saturday in August from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Great Marsh Trail for a morning of birding.

July 27, 2017
Full Moon Hike at National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods
Join a ranger for a full moon hike through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods on Sunday, August 6, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

July 27, 2017
Bailly Homestead & Chellberg Farm Open Houses and Cemetery Tours at the National Lakeshore
Join rangers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for an afternoon of exploring our historic homesteads every Sunday in August from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

July 27, 2017
Beach Fun Fridays at National Lakeshore’s West Beach
Make it a beach day! Join rangers every Friday in August from 1:00 pm to 30 minutes past sunset at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach. Activities will include kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, a sunset hike, and a beach campfire.

July 20, 2017
Kemil Beach Campfire Program at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a sunset and campfire program on Saturday, July 29, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Kemil Beach.

July 17, 2017
Historic Toys Program at National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm
Come out to historic Chellberg Farm and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with traditional farm games on Sunday, July 23, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

July 17, 2017
Junior Wildland Firefighter Program Rescheduled to July 22nd at National Lakeshore
Meet the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s fire crew and learn about their jobs and equipment at several national lakeshore locations this summer.

July 17, 2017
Second Symphony Concert in the Dunes
For the second year, visitors can enjoy a free concert by the Northwest Indiana Symphony as the sun sets amidst the beautiful dunes at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach.

July 12, 2017
Beach at Mount Baldy to Reopen at National Lakeshore
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: The National Park Service has announced that the beach at Mount Baldy, located in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, will reopen on July 14th at noon. The Mount Baldy area has been closed since the summer of 2013 when holes began opening up on the dune’s surface from decaying trees. Safe access to the beach was also destroyed by beach erosion.

July 11, 2017
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and NIPSCO look ahead to form an alliance in Stewardship Efforts
As Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore moves forward in planning for another century of stewardship, it will do so with a new partner.

July 11, 2017
Flint Knapping Program at National Lakeshore
A flint knapping program will take place at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, July 22, and on Saturday, August 5, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

July 10, 2017
Music Heritage Series Concert at National Lakeshore
Tune up your vocal cords for a night of music and singing on Friday, July 21, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.

June 30, 2017
Central Avenue Beach Access Reopens at National Lakeshore
The National Park Service has announced that access to Central Avenue Beach, located in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, will reopen on July 1st.

June 30, 2017
Junior Wildland Firefighter Program at Indiana Dunes Campground
Meet the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s fire crew and learn about their jobs and equipment at several national lakeshore locations this summer.

June 30, 2017
Coffee with a Ranger at National Lakeshore
Join a park ranger for a free cup of coffee or tea while overlooking beautiful Miller Woods on Saturday July 8 and 22, at 9:30 am.

June 30, 2017
Stewardship Opportunity at National Lakeshore
Join staff and fellow volunteers for a morning of stewardship on Saturday, July 15, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, as we spruce up Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Bailly Cemetery.

June 29, 2017
Take a Ride on Historic South Shore Railroad Cars
The National Park Service and East Troy Railroad Museum, in East Troy, Wisconsin, are hosting a joint interpretative program featuring historic South Shore Railroad Car #33 on Saturday, July 8, during the museum’s annual “Chicago Day” event.

June 27, 2017
Playdate in the Nature Play Zone at National Lakeshore
Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate and play in the outdoors at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, July 1 and July 15, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

June 27, 2017
Stargazing at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Join fellow astronomy lovers and enjoy our night sky from one of the darkest spots in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

June 26, 2017
Sunset Paddle with a Ranger at National Lakeshore
Bring your kayak or canoe and enjoy a leisurely sunset paddle with a ranger every Thursday evening in July from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Marquette Lagoons.

June 26, 2017
Mount Baldy Hikes Offered at the National Lakeshore
Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore every Sunday in July from 10:00 am to 11:30 am for a hike to the top of famous Mount Baldy.

June 26, 2017
Hike National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods with a Ranger
Join a park ranger for a hike through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s beautiful Miller Woods every Sunday in July from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

June 26, 2017
Beginning Birding Tours at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger and fellow birding enthusiasts every Saturday in July from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Great Marsh Trail for a morning of birding. No experience required.

June 23, 2017
Bailly Homestead Candlelight Tour at National Lakeshore
Take a candlelight tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Bailly Homestead on Saturday, July 8, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Learn about life in Northwest Indiana 150 years ago during this free, night-time tour.

June 22, 2017
Bailly Homestead & Chellberg Farm Open Houses and Cemetery Tours at the National Lakeshore
Join rangers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for an afternoon exploring our historic homesteads every Sunday in July from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

June 22, 2017
Backpacking for Fitness at National Lakeshore
Join park ranger Kip Walton and volunteer TJ Caracci to learn about backpacking for fitness and go for a hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's the Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, July 8, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

June 22, 2017
Independence Holiday Concert at National Lakeshore's West Beach
Celebrate our nation’s independence with a United States Military Band Concert at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

June 20, 2017
Invasive Species Workshop at National Lakeshore
Join a park ranger to learn how to combat the spread of invasive species in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, July 1st from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

June 20, 2017
Artopia Program at the National Lakeshore
Let nature bring out the artist in you. Join Rhonda Cox, executive director of the Artopia Arts and Crafts Cultural Academy, on Saturday, July 1, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center and create a piece of art focusing on nature.

June 19, 2017
Fort Building Contest at National Lakeshore
Bring your family or group of friends to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, June 24, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to compete in a fort building contest using materials found in nature.

June 19, 2017
Beach Fun Fridays at National Lakeshore’s West Beach
Make it a beach day! Join rangers every Friday this summer from 2:00 pm to about 30 minutes past sunset at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach.

June 16, 2017
Indiana Dunes Beaches Ready for a Busy Summer Season
PORTER, IND. – Work is complete to make visits to the nearly 17 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park even more welcoming for millions of visitors this summer.

June 16, 2017
Midsummer Program at National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm
Celebrate summer on Saturday, June 24 with a traditional Midsummer Celebration from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm.

June 13, 2017
Insect Investigators Workshop for Educators and the Public Offered at National Lakeshore
On Saturday, June 24, an exciting workshop focused on entomology will be held at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

June 13, 2017
Food Vendors Sought for National Lakeshore’s West Beach
The National Park Service at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is seeking self-contained food service vendors to serve park visitors in the West Beach bathhouse through Labor Day, with a minimal Friday through Sunday schedule each week.

June 12, 2017
Arts in the Parks Camp at National Lakeshore
Take part in the free, week-long, Arts in the Park camp from Monday, June 26, through Friday, June 30 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center. The camp runs from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm each day.

June 12, 2017
Stargazing Program at National Lakeshore June 2017
Join fellow astronomy lovers and enjoy our night sky from one of the darkest spots in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Members from the Chicago Astronomical Society, Michiana Astronomical Society, and Calumet Astronomical Society with share their telescopes as they introduce the night skies to visitors on Saturday, June 17, from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm Central Time at the national lakeshore’s Kemil Beach parking lot.

June 12, 2017
Octave Chanute Talk at National Lakeshore's Douglas Center
Enjoy a fascinating talk and hike about the pioneering aviator Octave Chanute at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center on Sunday, June 25, from 12:45 pm to 3:45 pm.

June 12, 2017
Nature Play Days at the National Lakeshore
Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate and play in the outdoors at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, June 17, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

June 06, 2017 - Public Date In Future
Stewardship Opportunity at National Lakeshore
Join staff and fellow volunteers for a morning of stewardship on Saturday, June 17, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Hobart Prairie Grove

June 06, 2017
Mount Baldy Solstice Sunset Hike at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a Summer Solstice Sunset Hike to the top of Mount Baldy on Tuesday, June 20, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

June 02, 2017
Pinhook Bog Open House at National Lakeshore
Take a self-guided hike into the amazing Pinhook Bog every Saturday afternoon in June, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

June 02, 2017
Mount Baldy Hikes Offered at National Lakeshore 2017
Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Sunday, June 11, 18, and 25, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am for a hike to the top of famous Mount Baldy.

June 02, 2017
Live Insect Program at National Lakeshore
Join the Chicago Field Museum’s Jim Louderman on Saturday, June 10, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center.

June 02, 2017
Historic Toys Programs at National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm
Come out to historic Chellberg Farm and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with traditional farm games on Saturday, June 17, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

June 02, 2017
Amphibian Program at National Lakeshore Douglas Center
Join Professor Bob Brodman of St. Joseph College on Saturday, June 17, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at the Paul H. Douglas Center.

June 02, 2017
Miller Woods Hikes Offered at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a hike through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s beautiful Miller Woods every Sunday in June at 1:30 pm.

June 01, 2017
National Get Outdoors Day Activities at Dunes Learning Center
The Dunes Learning Center invites the public to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 10, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at their National Lakeshore campus. 

June 01, 2017
Kemil Beach Campfire at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a sunset and campfire program on Saturday, June 10, from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Kemil Beach.

June 01, 2017
Ranger-led Bike Ride at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a leisurely and fun bike ride at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Sunday, June 11, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

June 01, 2017
Beginning Birding Programs at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger and fellow birding enthusiasts every Saturday morning in June for a Beginning Birding program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This leisurely hike will be offered from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the national lakeshore’s Great Marsh Trail.

May 26, 2017
National Trails Day at National Lakeshore
Celebrate National Trails Day at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach on Saturday, June 3 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

May 19, 2017
Evening Campground Program at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger and fellow visitors for an evening program showcasing the national lakeshore and its recreational opportunities on Saturday, May 27, 8:00 pm–9:00 pm at the Dunewood Campground Amphitheater.

May 19, 2017
Open House at Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm
Join rangers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for an afternoon exploring two of our historic homesteads on Saturday, May 27, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Meet at 12:00 pm in the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot for an informative 90-minute hike to the Bailly Cemetery.

May 19, 2017
Temporary Closure of Tremont Picnic Area in National Lakeshore
The National Park Service will temporarily close Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Tremont Picnic Area during the repaving of its parking lot. The work is scheduled sometime for the week of May 22 – 26, 2017.

May 17, 2017
Pinhook Bog Open House at National Lakeshore
Take a self-guided hike into the amazing Pinhook Bog on Saturday, May 27 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

May 17, 2017
Backpacking for Fitness at National Lakeshore
Join park ranger Kip Walton and volunteer TJ Caracci to learn about backpacking for fitness and to go for a hike at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education on Saturday, May 27, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

May 17, 2017
Miller Woods Hike at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a hike through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods on Sunday, May 28 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, starting from Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

May 11, 2017
Music Heritage Series at National Lakeshore
Tune up your vocal cords for a night of music and singing on Friday, May 19, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.

May 11, 2017
Mother's Day Wildflower Hike and National Lakehore 2017
Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Heron Rookery on Sunday, May 14, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for a two-hour wildflower hike to see what woodland flowers are blooming. The Heron Rookery is perhaps the best location in the region to see spring wildflowers.

May 11, 2017
Jr Wildland Firefighter Programs at National Lakeshore 2017
Meet Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Wildland Fire Crew and learn about their jobs and equipment at several national lakeshore locations this spring and summer.

May 08, 2017
"Sacred Sands" Performances at National Lakeshore 2017
Join staff and visitors for two performances of the play, "Sacred Sands," on Saturday, May 13, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education and on Saturday, May 20, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.

May 08, 2017
"Logs to Lustrons" Historic House Tour at National Lakeshore 2017
Enjoy a special tour of architecturally significant homes in and around Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, May 13.

May 08, 2017
Bus Tour with a Ranger at National Lakeshore 2017
Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Sunday, May 21, from 9:00 am–11:00 am for a two-hour tour of the national park in one of our 15-passenger buses. This is a great way to see the park’s amazing landscapes without having to do a lot of walking.

April 28, 2017
Miller Woods Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The media is invited to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the park's newest trail addition: the accessible boardwalk of the Miller Woods Trail at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

April 19, 2017
Mount Baldy Hike at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Sunday, April 30, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for a hike to the top of famous Mount Baldy.

April 19, 2017
Introduction to Orienteering at National Lakeshore
Join staff and map lovers for an introduction to orienteering at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Programs will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

April 18, 2017
Pinhook Bog Upland Trail Hike at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a hike on Pinhook Bog’s often overlooked Upland Trail on Sunday, April 23 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

April 17, 2017
Three Beaches Reopen at National Lakeshore
The National Park Service has now received the results of weekend testing of three of its beaches for a hazardous chemical, hexavalent chromium, that was spilled into the Burns Waterway on April 11.

April 17, 2017
Educator Workshop "For the Birds"
Educators who work with students in grades K – 12 are invited to join The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “BirdSleuth Educator’s Workshop” at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

April 17, 2017
First Results of Chemical Spill Monitoring at National Lakeshore
The National Park Service has received the results of the first round of testing for a hazardous chemical, hexavalent chromium that was spilled into the Burns Waterway on April 11. Water and beach sand samples were taken by contractors working for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on April 12th, at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach, Cowles Bog Beach, and Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk beach. The results showed no detection of the chemical in the waters of all three national lakeshore beaches. Results on the sand samples are still pending.

April 14, 2017
Stop Invasive Species Program at National Lakeshore
Celebrate National Park Week by joining a park ranger and SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Jessica West to learn how to combat the spread of invasive species in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

April 14, 2017
Junior Wildland Firefighter Program at the Porter County Expo Center
Meet the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s fire crew and learn about their jobs and equipment on April 22 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Porter County Expo Center as part of the Northwest Indiana Earth Day celebration.

April 14, 2017
Green Gary - Earth Day Celebration 2017
Join in the celebration of Earth Day with the annual Green Gary celebration on Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education and at Marquette Park in Gary, Indiana. This free event features lots of fun and family-friendly activities. 

April 14, 2017
Playdate in Nature Playzone at National Lakeshore April
Kids of all ages are invited to spend a couple of hours having fun in nature on Saturday, April 15, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

April 13, 2017
Chemical Spill Closes Third National Lakeshore Beach
The National Park Service has closed a third beach area, Cowles Bog Beach, at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore due to the spill of a toxic chemical into the Burns Waterway on April 11. In addition to the Cowles Bog Beach, both West Beach and the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk sites in the national lakeshore remain closed until further notice. While the beach area at Cowles Bog has been closed, the trails in that area remain open to the public.

April 11, 2017
Chemical Spill Closes Two National Lakeshore Beach Areas
The National Park Service has closed two beach areas at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore due to the spill of a potentially hazardous chemical into the Burns Waterway.  West Beach and the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk sites in the national lakeshore were closed this afternoon as a precaution for the health and safety of park visitors. Until more information is known, people and their pets should have no contact with the water of Lake Michigan or Burns Waterway in the West Beach and Portage Lakefront areas.

April 11, 2017
Stargazing at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Join fellow astronomy lovers and enjoy our night sky from one of the darkest spots in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

April 10, 2017
Stewardship Opportunity at National Lakeshore
Join staff and fellow volunteers for a morning of stewardship on Saturday, April 15, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Heron Rookery.

April 10, 2017
Wildflower Hike at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Heron Rookery on Saturday, April 15, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for a two-hour wildflower hike to see what woodland flowers are blooming.

April 07, 2017
Nature Tots at Indiana Dunes: April 12 & May 10
Bring your pre-school child to the Nature Tots program for fun activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

April 07, 2017
West Beach Hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a hike on West Beach’s Dune Succession Trail on Sunday, April 16 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

April 04, 2017
Flooding of Road Forces Temporary Closure of Central Avenue Beach
Central Avenue Beach, located in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, has been temporarily closed due to the flooding of an access road.

March 31, 2017
Introduction to Orienteering at National Lakeshore
Join staff and map lovers for an introduction to orienteering at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Programs will be held at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education on Sunday, April 9, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and Saturday, April 29, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

March 27, 2017
Playdate in Nature Play Zone at National Lakeshore
Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate and play in the outdoors the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, April 1, and Saturday, April 15, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

March 27, 2017
Film Screening at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
Join staff and visitors on Sunday, April 2, at 1:00 pmat the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center for a screening of Jens Jensen, The Living Green.

March 27, 2017
Gardening at National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm
Please join staff and fellow gardening enthusiasts in helping the Chellberg Farm garden get off to a great start on Saturday, April 8 and and Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

March 21, 2017
Stewardship Opportunity at National Lakeshore
Join staff and fellow volunteers for an afternoon of stewardship at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Friday, March 31, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

March 13, 2017
Native Plant Programs Offered at National Lakeshore
Join local plant experts Steve Sass and Nathanael Pilla at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center to learn about the importance of native plants.

March 09, 2017
Backpacking for Fitness Hike at National Lakeshore
Join park ranger Kip Walton and volunteer TJ Caracci to learn about backpacking for fitness and go for a hike at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, March 25, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

March 08, 2017
National Park Service to Conduct Seven Prescribed Fires
The National Park Service is planning seven prescribed fires this spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

March 07, 2017
Early Spring Wildflower Hike at National Lakeshore March 19, 2017
Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Heron Rookery on Sunday, March 19, at 1:00 pm for a two-hour guided hike to see what early spring wildflowers are blooming.

March 03, 2017
Nature Play Zone Program at National Lakeshore
Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate and play in the outdoors at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas on Saturday, March 18, from 1:00 pm–3:00 pm.

March 03, 2017
Music Heritage Series at National Lakeshore, March 17, 2017
Tune up your vocal cords for a night of music and singing on Friday, March 17, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.

March 01, 2017
National Park Service to Hire Youth Workers for Summer 2017
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has jobs for 10 teenagers this summer. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program is a work-learn-earn program for 15-18 year-olds. The deadline to apply is April 22, 2017.

February 28, 2017
Food Vendors Sought for National Lakeshore
The National Park Service is seeking food trucks or other self-contained food service vendors to serve park visitors at various national lakeshore locations like West Beach and the Chellberg Farm, as well as, for special events scheduled throughout the year.

February 28, 2017
Maple Sugar Time Starts this Weekend at National Lakeshore
It’s almost Maple Sugar Time at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm. The historic farm will be bustling with maple sugaring activities from 10:00 am– 4:00 pm on the weekends of March 4-5 and March 11-12, 2017.

February 21, 2017
Dunes Learning Center Summer Camp Open House
Attention campers! Explore Dunes Learning Center’s Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campus and celebrate spring with a day of fun in the dunes.

February 21, 2017
Gardening with Native Plants and Pollinators at National Lakeshore
Join national park and Dunes Learning Center staff for a Native Plants and Pollinators Gardening Workshop at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, March 18, from 9:30 am–3:30 pm.

February 17, 2017
Maple Sugar Time Festival at National Lakeshore
Enjoy a taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's 39th annual Maple Sugar Time festival.

February 14, 2017
Volunteer Birdwatchers Needed at National Lakeshore
Volunteer birdwatchers are needed at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to help with a scientific study called Project Feeder Watch.

February 14, 2017
Exploring Science Program at the National Lakeshore
Join staff and visitors on Friday, February 24 at 7:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center and get involved in a night of science exploration that is both enlightening and fun.

February 13, 2017
2017 Annual Dunes Birding Festival
Celebrate the migration of bird life through the Indiana Dunes region from May 4-7, 2017 at the third-annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival.

February 12, 2017
Stargazing with Telescopes, February 18, 2017
Join members from local astronomy clubs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to view the night skies through powerful telescopes.

February 08, 2017
Music Heritage Series at National Lakeshore Feb 17, 2017
Tune up your vocal cords for a night of music and singing on Friday, February 17, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.

February 08, 2017
Film Screenings at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center - 2017
Get out of the cold on Sunday, February 12, Sunday, February 19, Monday, February 20, and Sunday, February 26, at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center for the screening of entertaining films that showcase the local region and various National Parks.

February 07, 2017
Two Stewardship Opportunities in February at National Lakeshore
Join staff and fellow volunteers on Saturday, February 4, and Saturday, February 18, to help with two stewardship programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

February 07, 2017
MaryEllen Whitenack Named Fire Management Officer at National Lakeshore
The National Park Service has selected MaryEllen “Mel” Whitenack as the Fire Management Officer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Ms. Whitenack was selected from a national pool of applicants and stood out as an exceptional candidate.

January 25, 2017
Artopia Program at the National Lakeshore
Get an early start celebrating African American History Month with a special art program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center.

January 19, 2017
Winterfest Programs at National Lakeshore
Come out and celebrate the winter season at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5.

January 10, 2017
Stargazing at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Join members from the Chicago Astronomical Society, Michiana Astronomical Society, and Calumet Astronomical Society with their telescopes as they introduce the night skies to visitors on Saturday, January 21, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Kemil Beach parking lot.

January 09, 2017
Teachers Climb into Project Learning Tree at National Lakeshore
On Saturday, January 21, educators, naturalists, scout leaders, and other youth leaders are invited to try their hands at a wide variety of activities they can use to teach about the environment during a Project Learning Tree Workshop at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

January 09, 2017
Film Screenings at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
Join staff and visitors on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 1:00 pm and Sunday, January 29 at 1:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center for the screening of two excellent documentaries that showcase the local region.

January 06, 2017
Martin Luther King Day – Preparing Seeds for Planting at the National Lakeshore
Join staff and fellow volunteers on Monday, January 16, 2017, from 9:00 am–12:00 pm for a morning of stewardship at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center in celebration of Martin Luther King Junior Day.

January 05, 2017
Dunes Learning Center Winter Open House at National Lakeshore
Dunes Learning Center, located within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, invites the public to an afternoon of family fun in nature on Saturday, January 14, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

December 22, 2016
Martin Luther King Celebration at National Lakeshore
Celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, January 7, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

December 22, 2016
Snowshoe Hikes at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Enjoy a ranger-led snowshoe hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 7, 14, 21, or 28, and also on Sunday, January 15. Snowshoes are provided for free.

December 22, 2016
Nature Tots at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Bring your pre-school child to the Nature Tots program for fun activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

December 09, 2016
Christmas Bird Count at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 2016
Join tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas on Thursday, December 29 for the annual Christmas Bird Count.

December 06, 2016
Winter Solstice Hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a late afternoon hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach on Saturday, December 17, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

November 30, 2016
French Christmas Concert at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Celebrate the upcoming holiday season with a French Christmas Concert at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center on Sunday, December 11, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

November 29, 2016
Help Prepare Chellberg Farm for Maple Sugar Time
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Join staff and other volunteers on Saturday, December 17, 2016, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm for a morning of stewardship and fellowship.

November 28, 2016
Traditional Holiday Music at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Come out for a night of festive holiday music and singing with the Save the Tunes Council on December 16, from 7:30 pm–9:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.

November 28, 2016
Kids Acrylic Painting Class at the National Lakeshore
Children 12 and over can join master instructor Susan Young for a free acrylic painting class at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, December 17 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

November 23, 2016
Holiday Traditions at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Join staff and volunteers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as we celebrate “Holiday Traditions in the Dunes.”

November 21, 2016
Bird Watching at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Join a birding expert at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk on Saturday, November 26, from 7:00 am to 10:00 am.

November 21, 2016
Stargazing at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Join volunteers from the Chicago Astronomical Society, Michiana Astronomical Society, and Calumet Astronomical Society with their telescopes as they introduce the night sky to visitors on Saturday, December 3, at 4:20 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Kemil Beach parking lot.

November 21, 2016
"Turkey Trot" Hike at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger on Saturday, November 26 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in search of wild turkey and other wildlife as you work off Thanksgiving dinner at the Calumet Dunes parking lot in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

November 21, 2016
Pinhook Bog Upland Trail Hike at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger for a hike on Pinhook Bog’s often overlooked Upland Trail on Sunday, November 27 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

November 21, 2016
Black Friday Hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Instead of shopping on 'Black Friday," November 25, get outdoors to work off some of your Thanksgiving Dinner.

November 09, 2016
“Arts & Nature in the Calumet Region & Nationwide” at the Douglas Center
You’re invited to come to “Arts & Nature in the Calumet Region & Nationwide,” an event at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that celebrates the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s 50th Anniversary and National Park Service’s Centennial. We convene at the Paul Douglas Center for Environmental Education on November 12th.

November 07, 2016
National Lakeshore Stewardship Day - Clearing the Way at Dunes Learning Center
Join staff and fellow volunteers on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Dunes Learning Center for a morning of stewardship.

November 03, 2016
Music Heritage Series at National Lakeshore
Tune up your vocal cords for a night of music and singing on Friday, November 18, from 7:30 pm–9:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.

November 03, 2016
Veteran’s Day Film at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
Join staff and visitors on Friday, November 11, 2016, at 2:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center as we honor our nation’s veterans.

October 31, 2016
National Lakeshore’s West Beach To Be Closed for Paving
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach will be closed for a paving project. The beach area, located at 376 N. County Line Road in Portage, will be closed from Thursday, November 3rd through Wednesday, November 9th.

October 31, 2016
Stargazing at the National Lakeshore’s Kemil Beach
Join members from various local astronomical societies including the Chicago Astronomical Society on Saturday, November 5 at 5:30 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Kemil Beach parking lot.

October 28, 2016
Bats and Bugs at National Lakeshore’s Douglas Center
Learn about bats, bugs, and other nocturnal creatures on Saturday October 29 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul. H. Douglas Center.

October 27, 2016
Bus Tours Offered at National Lakeshore
Join a ranger this fall or winter for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park's 16-passenger buses.

October 27, 2016
Historic Halloween Fun at National Lakeshore
Enjoy some old-fashioned Halloween fun on Saturday October 29 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm.

October 20, 2016
Nature Tots Program at National Lakeshore
Parents and toddlers are invited to participate in the “Nature Tots” program on November 9, from 10:00 am – noon at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

October 12, 2016
Acrylic Painting Program at National Lakeshore
Children, 12 and under, can join master instructor, Susan Young, for a free, acrylic painting class at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.

October 12, 2016
Six Prescribed Fires Planned for this Fall at National Lakeshore
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: The National Park Service is planning six prescribed fires this fall at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Approximately 850 acres are expected to be burned.Fire is used as a tool for the park’s long-term restoration and hazard fuel reduction efforts.

September 29, 2016
Lee Murdock Concert at National Lakeshore’s Visitor Center
Celebrate our region’s most precious natural resource – the Great Lakes with a concert by singer and song writer Lee Murdock. Broadly acknowledged as, “the premier interpreter of songs and tales about the Great Lakes,” Lee Murdock’s work is an anthem to the people who live, work, and play along the freshwater highways of North America. Join us for this free concert on Saturday, October 8th, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.

September 26, 2016
New Resource Management Chief Named at National Lakeshore
Dan Plath, of Westville, Indiana, has been selected as the new Chief of Resource Management at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

September 16, 2016
Chesterton High School Students Celebrate Indiana Dunes Anniversary with Gigantic Field Trip
Imagine 2,000 students and teachers from Chesterton High School deployed throughout the 15,000 acres of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore with the purpose of studying, exploring, and volunteering, and you will have a good picture of what Dunes Day 2016 will look like on Tuesday, September 20.

September 13, 2016
Art Exhibit at National Lakeshore’s Visitor Center
A collection of Indiana Dunes paintings is now on exhibit at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore visitor center.

September 07, 2016
Poetry Readings at the National Lakeshore
Visitors are welcomed to a free, nature poetry reading session at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, September 10 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

September 02, 2016
Apples Festival at National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Celebrate autumn with an Apples Festival at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

August 30, 2016
Landmarks Experience: Century of Progress
On October 16, Indiana Landmarks provides the answer at Landmarks Experience: Century of Progress, a morning of interesting talks followed by lunch and tours of the five homes that made their way from the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago across Lake Michigan to the Indiana Dunes.

August 29, 2016
Learn about Aquatic Invasives at Teacher Workshop at National Lakeshore
Join staff from the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Dunes Learning Center for an engaging professional development workshop on aquatic invaders.

August 23, 2016
Northwest Indiana Symphony Performs this Saturday at National Lakeshore
Enjoy a free concert by the Northwest Indiana Symphony at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach on Saturday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m. with the magnificent dunes as the backdrop.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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