The National Lakeshore offers a variety of June programs as summer gets underway on the shores of Lake Michigan. For 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 located in the national lakeshore at 700 North Wozniak Road. The Dunewood Campground is located south of the intersection of U.S. 12 and Broadway in the central portion of the national lakeshore. The Mnoké Prairie Parking Lot is located on Howe Road just over a half-mile south of the intersection of Howe and Oak Hill Roads.
Enjoy family-friendly activities every day in June between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul Douglas Center. In addition to lots of indoor activities, get outside and let the kids enjoy the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is encouraged.
Kid’s Fun and Junior Ranger Programs
Join a ranger in the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center’s activity room for a Sunday afternoon of kid’s 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.
Music Heritage Series
Join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with the beginning of summer and the month of June. Tune up your vocal cords and gather up for a sing-along from 7:30 to 9 p.m. June 21 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Visitor Center.
Join a ranger and help in the restoration of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Mount Baldy. Volunteers are needed to remove invasive species from 9 a.m. to noon June 15. Wear comfortable clothes; work gloves and equipment will be provided. Insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended. Meet at the Mount Baldy Parking Lot located just north of U.S. 12.
Mount Baldy Sunset Hike
Enjoy a stroll with a ranger and then watch the sunset at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Mount Baldy at 7:30 p.m. June 14 and 28. This 60-minute program is offered at 7:30 p.m. June 14 and 28.
Junior Wildland Firefighter Programs
Meet 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 their very own Junior Wildland Firefighter activity book and patch during this 60-minute program.
This program will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Dunewood Campground Amphitheater and 11 a.m. to noon June 22 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 three open houses being offered in the month of June. 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 one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. This open house will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. June 16, 23 and 30.
Join a ranger around the campfire at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Dunewood Campground and learn about the park’s incredible diversity of life and how fire plays an important part in keeping it healthy. This program will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 15, 22 and 29.
Chellberg Farm Open House
Tour the Chellberg Farmhouse and learn about the lives of early Duneland farm families, from 1 to 4 p.m. June 15, 22 and 29; park in the Bailly/Chellberg Parking Lot and take the short walk to the Chellberg Farmhouse. The Bailly/Chellberg Parking Lot is located on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and 12.
Bailly Homestead Open House
Tour the Bailly Homestead from 1 to 4 p.m. June 14, 21 and 28. Park in the Bailly/Chellberg Parking Lot and walk about one-third of a mile to the Bailly Homestead.
Miller Woods Hike
Join a ranger for a Sunday afternoon stroll at 1:30 p.m. through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods. The length of this hike can vary from one-half mile to three miles, depending on the conditions of the day.
Celebrate the longest day of the year and learn about the traditions of the Swedish immigrants at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm from noon to 4 p.m. June 22. Find out about the significance of Midsummer while you enjoy the music, dance and food associated with this special day. Be sure to come back to the farm at 7:30 pm for the inaugural Summer Solstice Evening Concert.
Summer Solstice Concert
Enjoy the end of the longest day of the year at the national lakeshore with an early evening concert at Chellberg Farm from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 22.
Bike the 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 9 to 11 a.m. June 14, 21, and 28.