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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Bat-tastic! An All-Ages Workshop

    • Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Dunes Learning Center, 700 Howe Rd, Chesterton, Indiana 46304
    • Fees: See Description
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Dunes Learning Center and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore educators invite you to explore the nighttime world of bats! Get the bat basics, and learn about local bat monitoring efforts as well as citizen science opportunities.

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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, August 19, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 07/22/2017 to 09/02/2017

    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

    Pinhook Bog Open House

    • Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Pinhook Bog
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 07/22/2017 to 09/09/2017

    Take an hour long self-guided hike into this truly amazing bog with carnivorous pants 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, August 19, 2017

    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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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Stargazing

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM,7:30 PM to 9:30 PM,7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Kemil Beach Parking Lot
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Stewardship Program at Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk, 100 Riverwalk Road, Portage, IN 46368
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Join a ranger while volunteering to help care for your local national park as we remove invasive plant species at this beach area. Wear comfortable clothes; work gloves and other protective equipment will be provided.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Bailly Cemetery Hike

    • Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    • Location: 618 N Mineral Springs Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304-9721
    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 07/23/2017 to 09/03/2017

    Join a ranger-led hike to the historic Bailly Cemetery while learning about the history of the Bailly family. You can also learn about early settlers and farmers who came to this region in the 1800s as well.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open Houses

    • Time: 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 07/23/2017 to 09/03/2017

    Tour the homesteads and farmhouses to learn about early settlers and farmers who came to this region in the 1800s.

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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, August 20, 2017

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

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Mount Baldy Ranger-led Hike

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Mount Baldy, 101 Rice Street, Michigan City, IN 46360
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 07/23/2017 to 09/10/2017

    Enjoy the views from atop Mt. Baldy with this special ranger-led tour.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing at National Lakeshore

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, 100 Riverwalk Road, Portage, IN 46368
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, August 21, 2017

    Solar eclipse fever has hit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as the region will experience an 89% eclipse of the sun!

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Beach Fun Day at Marquette Park

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Marquette Park Beach, Gary, IN 46403
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 08/02/2017 to 08/30/2017

    Enjoy a great day at the beach with paddleboarding, kayaking, and snokeling in Lake Michigan. All equipment is provided.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Marquette Lagoon Sunset Paddle*

    • Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    • Location: 1 North Grand Boulevard, Gary, Indiana 46401
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Join a park ranger for an easy sunset adventure. Meet at the stairs just north of the Marquette Pavilion. *Visitors must bring their own kayak, life jacket, and paddle.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Beach Fun Friday at West Beach

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: 376 North County Line Road, Gary, IN 46403
    • Fees: $6 Parking Fee
    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Every Friday Weekly from 07/21/2017 to 09/01/2017

    Make it a beach day! Join staff for activities such as kayaking, SUP's, a sunset hike, and a beach campfire. There is a $6 parking fee per car.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Campground Program

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Dunewood Campground
    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Join a ranger around the campfire and learn about park resources you can discover on the Dunes Scavenger Hunt.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Coffee With A Ranger

    • Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
    • Location: 100 North Lake Street Gary, IN 46403
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Begin your day at the dunes by enjoying a cup of free coffee or tea with a ranger outside on the deck.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Fort Building Contest

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Form a small team and test your fort building skills.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Canning 101 (Pickles am, Jam pm)

    • Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM,1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Chellberg Farm, 618 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN 46304
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Join the farm cooks and learn how to preserve food.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Mount Baldy Sunset Hike

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM,6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Mount Baldy, 101 Rice Street, Michigan City, IN 46360
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 2, 2017

    Enjoy incredible sunset views from atop Mt. Baldy with this special ranger-led tour.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Campfire on the Beach

    • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM,6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Kemil Beach
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 9, 2017

    Watch the sunset on the beach and then join a ranger around a campfire to toast marshmallows while enjoying stories and songs.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Century of Progress Homes Tour 2017 Ticket Sale Date

    • Time: 8:00 AM
    • Location: www.dunesnationalpark.org
    • Fees: Yes. Advance Reservation Required
    Monday, September 11, 2017

    September 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM is when the tickets go on sale for the 2017 Century of Progress Homes Tour.

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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, September 13, 2017

    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

    Music Heritage Series

    • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, September 15, 2017

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

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Apples Festival 2017

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Chellberg Farm
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 16, 2017

    Celebrate this season of apples through traditional craft and farming demonstrations at the historic Chellberg Farm.

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  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Stewardship Program (Coastal Cleanup)

    • Location: Call 219-395-1882 for Location
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, September 16, 2017

    Join staff and fellow volunteers to help keep the park clean and healthy.

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1100 N. Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

(219) 395-1882

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