Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

NPS Collection


Facility Hours
Open daily, except for federal holidays.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time, from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend.

9:00 am to 4:00 pm Central Time, for the remainder of the year.

Street Address
100 North Lake Street
Gary, IN 46403
(219) 395-1824

GPS Coordinates
41.671786, -86.983985 (Decimal Degrees)


Visitor Activities

  • Hike the incredible Paul H. Douglas (Miller Woods) trail system.
  • The center has interactive exhibits to explore.
  • The building, restrooms, picnic tables, and wetland boardwalk are all wheelchair accessible.
  • Pick up brochures about Indiana Dunes National Park.
  • Displays showing information about Indiana Dunes National Park.
  • Families can enjoy the Nature Play Zone.
  • Picnic table area to have a bite.
  • Indoor Activities Room with games, crafts, books, and art supplies!
  • Official Indiana Dunes National Park stamps for NPS passport.

Fun Facts

  • The center and trail are named after U.S. Senator Paul H. Douglas from Illinois, who was instrumental in the creation of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 1966 (renamed Indiana Dunes National Park in 2019).

Last updated: April 21, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


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

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