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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Beach Fun Saturdays

    • Time: 1:00 PM
    • Location: West Beach, 376 North County Line Road, Gary, IN 46403
    • Fees: $6 Parking Fee until 7:00 pm
    Saturday, July 21, 2018

    Every Saturday Weekly from 06/16/2018 to 09/01/2018

    Make it a beach day! Join staff for activities such as kayaking, SUP's, a sunset hike, and a beach campfire.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Beginning Birding

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
    • Location: Great Marsh Trail Parking Lot
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 21, 2018

    Every Saturday Weekly from 06/02/2018 to 09/01/2018

    Join a ranger for a beginning birding hike at the Great Marsh Trail in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Drop-In Volunteer Program

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Chellberg Farm
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 21, 2018

    Every 3rd Saturday of every month. from 06/16/2018 to 12/15/2018

    Join staff and fellow volunteers for a morning of stewardship. Projects typically focus on preserving the natural and cultural resources of the park.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Hike With Your Hound

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: pin Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 100 N Lake St, Gary, Indiana 46403
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 21, 2018

    Join a ranger for a leisurely hike through Miller Woods with your best buddy. Don’t forget a leash, pick-up bags, a bowl, and water.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Pinhook Bog Open House

    • Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Pinhook Bog
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 21, 2018

    Every Saturday Weekly from 05/26/2018 to 09/08/2018

    Take an hour long self-guided hike into this truly amazing bog with carnivorous plants and orchids.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Playdate in the Nature Play Zone

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 21, 2018

    Kids of all ages are invited to spend a couple of hours having fun in nature. Join a ranger and explore Miller Woods, build a fort, climb a tree, create awesome nature art, and so much more.

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    Volunteer at Miller Woods

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 100 N Lake St, Gary, Indiana 46403
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 21, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 06/23/2018 to 08/18/2018

    Join staff and fellow volunteers in helping to care for your local national park, primarily in restoring the beautiful oak savanna of Miller Woods.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Bailly / Chellberg History Hike

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm, North of U.S. Highway 20 on Mineral Springs Road, Porter, IN 46304
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 22, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/10/2018 to 09/02/2018

    Explore the grounds of both historic homes. Learn about early settlers and farmers who came to this region in the 1800s.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Feeding Time at Chellberg Farm

    • Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm, 618 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN 46304
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 22, 2018

    Join a ranger and help us feed the farm animals.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Miller Woods Hike

    • Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 22, 2018

    Take an afternoon ranger-led stroll through spectacular Miller Woods.

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    Mount Baldy Summit Hike

    • Location: Mount Baldy, 101 Rice Street, Michigan City, IN 46360
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 22, 2018

    Enjoy the views from atop Mt. Baldy with this special ranger-led tour. See "View Details" for times.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Sunset Around the Fire at the Pavilion

    • Location: Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk, 100 Riverwalk Road, Portage, IN 46368
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, July 25, 2018

    Join a ranger to catch a Lake Michigan sunset from the pavilion. Roast marshmallows from the pavilion's fireplace. See "View Details" for times.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Campground Program

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM,7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Dunewood Campground Amphitheater
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, July 27, 2018

    Join a ranger in the amphitheater for a campfire presentation showcasing the national lakeshore and its recreational opportunities.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Miller Woods Full Moon Hike

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • Location: Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 100 N Lake St, Gary, Indiana 46403
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, July 27, 2018

    Join a ranger for a moonlit hike through beautiful oak savannas and massive sand dunes out to Lake Michigan.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Insects of the Indiana Dunes

    • Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Douglas Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 28, 2018

    Learn of the importance of these most numerous animals on earth as you join Chicago Field Museum expert Jim Louderman.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Urban Farming Fun

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education · Gary, Indiana
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 28, 2018

    Learn some tips and tricks of starting your own vegetable garden from park rangers and volunteers at the Douglas Center's garden adjacent to the center.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Community Hike and Sunset Paddle

    • Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Marquette Park / Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 North Lake Street, Gary, IN 46403
    • Fees: Free but Reservation Required
    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    Join a ranger for a sunset adventure.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Mount Baldy Summit Sunset Hike

    • Location: Mount Baldy Parking Lot, pin 101 Rice St, Michigan City, IN 46360, United States
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 3, 2018

    Meet at the Mount Baldy parking lot for a ranger-led hike to the top of the beautiful and famous Mount Baldy, Indiana. See "View Details" for times.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    West Beach Symphony Concert

    • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: West Beach Parking Lot, 376 North County Line Road, Gary, IN 46403
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 3, 2018

    Celebrate the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore with a free concert by the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra with the magnificent dunes as the backdrop.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Nature Tots

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
    • Fees: Free. Pre-registration Required.
    Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    Bring your pre-school children and join a ranger as we read fun nature books and learn about nature during this two-hour program.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Campfire on the Beach

    • Location: Kemil Beach
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Watch the sunset on the beach and then join a ranger around a campfire to toast marshmallows while enjoying stories and songs. See "View Details" for times.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Junior Wildland Firefighter Program

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Dunewood Campground, Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and Paul H Douglas Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 11, 2018

    Meet the park's fire crew and learn about their jobs and equipment.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Science Saturdays

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center, 1215 N State Road 49, Porter, Indiana
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 11, 2018

    Meet the scientists that are conducting research at the national lakeshore. Following a short presentation at the visitor center, go out into the field to see their work.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Stargazing Through Telescopes

    • Location: Kemil Beach Parking Lot
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 11, 2018

    Every 2nd Saturday of every month. from 01/13/2018 to 12/08/2018

    Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Call ahead to confirm time of program at 219-395-1882. See "View Details" for times.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Music Heritage Series

    • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Join the Save the Tunes Council and share in the celebration of traditional folk music.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Octave Chanute Aviation Day

    • Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N State Road 49, Porter, Indiana 46304
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 19, 2018

    Learn about Octive Chanute, a pioneer of aviation who experimented with gliders in the dunes and contributed to the Wright brothers’ success.

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Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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