Two employees from Poland’s Kampinos National Park will spend three weeks at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as part of a “Sister Park” program.
Małgorzata Mickiewicz and Ewa Siatecka are in Northwest Indiana to learn how U.S. national parks are managed.
Mickiewicz is the deputy director for scientific research, monitoring, education, communication and tourism at Kampinos National Park. Siatecka is the park’s specialist in tourism and international affairs.
During their stay, which extends until Sept. 27, they also want to learn how the National Park Service plans recreational areas for people with disabilities and how it manages different user groups.
The formal “Sister Park” program between the two national parks began in 1998 with the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation. The intent of the program is to promote international cooperation and to exchange technical and promotional knowledge that will help improve the management of both parks.
Kampinos, like the national lakeshore, has upland dunes intermixed with marshes and other wetlands. Both are botanically rich with great diversity despite being located near large population centers.
Living expenses for Mickiewicz and Siatecka visitors are being supported through a donation by the Dunes National Park Association. The association is a non-profit organization that supports the protection, preservation, and promotion of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.