Winter event offers opportunities to learn, explore

2014-01-02T00:00:00Z Winter event offers opportunities to learn, exploreTimes Staff nwitimes.com
January 02, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CHESTERTON | Dunes Learning Center has a day of adventures in nature planned for its annual Winter Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 11.

Families are invited to sample a wide range of activities and explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore during this free one-day event. Themed hikes and winter survival skill demonstrations are among the outdoor activities that will be led by Dunes Learning Center's naturalist staff.

Inside the center's Cowles Lodge, visitors can "make and take" nature crafts including bird feeders, star gazers ornaments and snowshoes. Grown-ups will appreciate an indoor "campfire," cocoa, a popcorn bar and an impromptu jam session with members of "Save the Tunes." Amateur musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and play along.

Dunes Learning Center is not generally open to the public, but more than 5,000 schoolchildren each year participate in the year-round, hands-on, learning experiences offered at the former Good Fellow Youth Camp. This open house event offers a rare opportunity for the general public to explore the center's unique facilities and sample the programs.

"We are thrilled to be able to open our doors to the community and provide a day of fun and learning in nature," said Dunes Learning Center Executive Director Geof Benson. "I encourage families to come out and take advantage of this local gem in their own backyard."

Admission is free, but registration in advanceĀ is requested. Visit the center's website at www.duneslearningcenter.org to learn more.

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