The 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.
The visitor center is at 1215 N. Ind. 49, Porter. 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. The Chellberg/Bailly parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Highway 12.
Park Focus Programs
Join a ranger at the Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer for activities and topics ranging from guest speakers, new research finds, or favorite park places. The programs change each week, but the Douglas Center location remains the same. Call the Douglas Center for the specific topic and time of that week’s program.
Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s visitor center for a Sunday afternoon of kid’s activities, puppet shows, stories, and fun. Stop in the center’s activity room between 1 and 3 p.m. so children can learn a little more about the neighborhood national park. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Ranger’s Choice Hike
Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s exceptional diversity of life on a special ranger-led hike on Friday mornings during the summer. Meet the ranger at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Friday and then caravan to that week’s featured location for a two-hour hike. The topic and location will change each week so we can highlight the best of the national lakeshore changing beauty. Call or stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center on Friday morning to find out the location of the week’s hike.
Take a leisurely stroll with a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Central Avenue Beach and watch the sunset over Lake Michigan. This one-hour program begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday. During the program, learn about threats to the Indiana dunes and what you can do to help protect this special place. Please note that most areas of the park, including Central Avenue Beach, close 30 minutes after sunset.
Join a ranger around the campfire and learn about the incredible diversity of life at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and how fire plays an important part in keeping this park healthy. This program is offered at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dunewood Campground Amphitheater. Short-term parking is available for amphitheater programs at the campground registration building.
Pinhook Bog Open House
Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Pinhook Bog during an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Tour the bog on your own and talk to rangers and volunteers stationed along the trail who will help you understand this unique place filled with carnivorous plants.
Miller Woods Hike
Take a Sunday afternoon stroll with a ranger through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods. This trail features one of the rarest habitats in the country, black oak savanna. This program is offered every Sunday in June and begins at 1:30 p.m. Depending on the weather the length of this hike can vary from one-half mile to three miles.
Civil Rights Program
Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Douglas Center at 1:30 p.m. Saturday to discuss the lasting impacts of the Civil Rights Act and celebrate the 50th anniversary of this important piece of legislation. During this 90-minute program there will also be a presentation on National Park Service sites that commemorate the civil rights movement.