The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offers a variety of programs this month as summer gets underway on the shores of Lake Michigan. For more information, call (219) 395-1882 or visit www.nps.gov/indu.
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.
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. 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 in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with summer. Tune up your vocal cords and gather up for a singalong from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday 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. 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 during this 60-minute program. This program will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon on July 27 at the West Beach Contact Station. There is a fee of $6 per car at West Beach during the summer.
Pinhook Bog open house
Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Pinhook Bog during open houses. Tour the bog on your own and talk to rangers stationed along the trail who will help you understand this unique place filled with carnivorous plants. Allow about an hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. This open house will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday and July 28.
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 July 27; park in the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot and take the short walk to the Chellberg farmhouse. The Bailly/Chellberg parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and 12.
Bailly Homestead open house
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 on Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday and July 26 in the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot and walk about one-third of a mile to the Bailly Homestead.
Removing invasive plants
Help remove invasive species from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the park headquarters area of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Join a ranger to lend a hand to help improve Your Neighborhood National Park during this volunteer opportunity at the national lakeshore. Wear comfortable clothes; work gloves and equipment will be provided. Insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended. The headquarters parking lot is at 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road, between U.S. 12 and U.S. 20.
Learn about fireflies
Enjoy an evening Firefly Walk at 8:15 p.m. July 26 at the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. During this 60-minute program, learn all about the amazing “lightning bug” while enjoying a leisurely evening stroll. Insect repellent and a flashlight are recommended.
Farm showcases bygone era
Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm during this open house hosted by a ranger and see a traditional craft or farming demonstration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
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 will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday and July 26. Learn how the dunes have been an important transportation corridor as you enjoy a leisurely and scenic ride.