GARY | Take a break from the cold winter weather at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 North Lake St. in the Miller neighborhood. Stop by the center at 1:30 p.m. every Saturday and enjoy a fun and educational video about nature, environmental issues, or other national parks.
This Saturday and Dec. 28, the featured videos highlight the healing power of nature and encourage kids to get outside and enjoy active, “unplugged” activities. Children who play outside regularly tend to be healthier and are less likely to be obese or suffer from attention deficit disorder.
The Jan. 4 video features the challenges that "Silent Spring" author Rachael Carson faced warning about issues related to pesticides use.
Visit the park’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNL for an updated listing of the films.
The videos are offered as part of the Saturday open house programs at the Douglas Center. In addition to the videos, enjoy the center’s hands-on exhibits, make a free craft or help feed the native fish and turtles in the animal room. Free refreshments add to the open house atmosphere.
The new nature play area just outside the center is open for unstructured play until 4 p.m. When there is adequate snow, cross country skis and snowshoes can be borrowed for use on the Miller Woods Trail.
Call (219) 395-1821 for information.