Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offers a variety of programs this month on the shores of Lake Michigan. For more information, call (219) 395-1882 or visit www.nps.gov/indu.
Junior rangers invited
Join a ranger in the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center’s activity room for a Sunday afternoon of kids activities, puppet shows, stories and fun all month long. Stop in between 1 and 3 p.m. to help your children learn a little more about your neighborhood national park. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Preserving music heritage
Join the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with summer. Tune up the vocal cords and gather up for a singalong from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.
Youths meet fire crews
Meet members of the national lakeshore’s fire crew and hear about their jobs and equipment from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Dunewood Campground Amphitheater and from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 24 at the West Beach Contact Station. Learn how they use fire as a tool to protect the park’s diversity. After this hands-on program, children will receive a Junior Wildland Firefighter activity book and patch. There is a fee of $6 per car at West Beach.
Pinhook Bog open house
Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Pinhook Bog during open houses from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 18 and 25. Tour the bog on your own and talk to rangers stationed along the trail to understand this unique place filled with carnivorous plants. Allow about an hour to walk the trail and tour the bog.
Chellberg Farm open house
Tour the Chellberg farmhouse and learn about the lives of early Duneland farm families, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 17 and 24. Park in the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot, Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and 12, and take a short walk to the farmhouse.
Visit Bailly Homestead
Tour the historic homestead of a French-Canadian trader who moved to Indiana in 1822 to develop Baillytown and discovered that things don’t always work out as planned. This open house is offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Aug. 16 about one-third of a mile from the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot.
Bike Porter Brickyard Trail
Join a ranger for a Friday morning bike tour of the new Porter Brickyard Trail and the Calumet Bike Trail. This program meets at the Mnoké Prairie parking lot and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday and Aug. 16.
Enjoy family-friendly activities between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day this month at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul Douglas Center. In addition to indoor activities, children can enjoy the new outdoor Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is encouraged. Hike the new Miller Woods trail extension all the way to Lake Michigan.
Join a ranger and help clean-up the historic Bailly Cemetery from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 during a Stewardship Day. Wear comfortable clothes; work gloves and equipment will be provided. Insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended. Meet at the park headquarters parking lot, 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road in Porter.
Enjoy an evening stroll with a ranger and watch the sunset at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Central Avenue beach area. Learn what threatens the dunes and how to protect them. This one-hour program starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Meet at the Central Avenue beach access parking lot one mile north of U.S. 12 in the eastern portion of the national lakeshore.
View Persieds meteor shower
Join a ranger at 8 p.m. Sunday for an evening light show courtesy of the annual Perseids meteor shower. Meet at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach, where there will be a telescope available for viewing the night sky. Bring a blanket or chair to make the viewing more comfortable during this two-hour sky watch.
The visitor center is at 1215 N. Ind. 49. The Paul H. Douglas Center is at 100 N. Lake St., Gary. The Pinhook Bog parking lot is in the national lakeshore at 700 N. Wozniak Road. The Dunewood Campground is south of the intersection of U.S. 12 and Broadway in the central portion of the national lakeshore. The Mnoké Prairie parking lot is on Howe Road slightly more than a half-mile south of the intersection of Howe and Oak Hill roads.