Winter open house offers family fun in the Dunes

2012-12-02T00:00:00Z Winter open house offers family fun in the DunesFor The Times nwitimes.com
December 02, 2012 12:00 am  • 

CHESTERTON | Visit Dunes Learning Center for their Winter Open House today for a variety of activities for the family.

The event is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Dunes Learning Center. Admission is free, but participants should register in advance online.

From guided nature hikes to winter survival skill demonstrations, families will enjoy opportunities to sample a wide range of outdoor activities at no cost.

Inside the center's Cowles Lodge, visitors can try their hand at nature crafts including critter cookies, ornithological ornaments and recycled greeting cards. Grown-ups will appreciate an indoor "campfire" featuring cookies, cocoa and an impromptu jam session with musicians from "Save the Tunes." Amateur musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and come ready to play.

Located at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Dunes Learning Center is not generally open to the public, but more than 5,000 school children receive a chance to live and learn among the park's woodlands, prairies, beaches and wetlands each year through a variety of hands-on programs.

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

Visit the center's website at www.duneslearningcenter.org to learn more.

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