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Dunes Learning Center

Summer Camps for All Ages in the National Park

CHESTERTON | Bog stomping, bug hunting, beach combing and night hiking—Dunes Learning Center’s summer camps offer kids from 6-16 unique opportunities to explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

March 14, 2014 5:52 pm

Overnight workshop explores reptiles and amphibians of the dunes

CHESTERTON | A sure harbinger of spring, frogs have have been around for 250 million years, having survived ice ages, asteroid crashes, and environmental disturbances. Today, nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Why?

February 21, 2014 11:00 am

Winter Nature Camp offers two days of fun in the dunes

PORTER | Summer camp may be months away, and with the current weather, it may feel even further away, but the Dunes Learning Center is bringing a summer camp experience to kids this February with a mission to learn while having fun.

January 18, 2014 12:00 am

Winter Nature Camp offers two days of fun in the dunes

CHESTERTON | Night hikes, a campfire, s'mores and… skiing? Summer camp gets a "cool" twist at Dunes Learning Center's Winter Nature Camp, February 8-9.

January 17, 2014 4:12 pm

Keep the Fire Burning on Porter County Give Day, Campfire for kids funds outdoor learning experiences

CHESTERTON | On Wednesday, November 7, Dunes Learning Center will host a "Campfire for Kids," coinciding with the Porter County Community Foundation's GIVE Day event. For 24 hours, each donation made at www.portercountygiveday.org will add a log to a fire benefiting environmental learning ex…

November 01, 2013 2:12 pm

BP Funds Environmental Education for NWI Students

CHESTERTON | Do you recall spending hours engaged in discovery and adventure outdoors as a child? Studies show that children today spend just minutes a day in nature. But thanks to funding by BP, dozens of students from Chicago and Northwest Indiana will get a chance to live and learn in the…

October 19, 2013 1:01 pm
Shutdown prompts quick clean up of Shirley Heinze property

Shutdown prompts quick clean up of Shirley Heinze property

Volunteers pitched in Wednesday to help clean and prepare the former Girl Scout camp at the Shirley Heinze Land Trust Meadowbrook Conservation Center and Nature Preserve for students from Munster's Frank Hammond School.

October 09, 2013 5:37 pm
Shutdown prompts quick clean up of Shirley Heinze property

Shutdown prompts quick clean up of Shirley Heinze property

Peter Gizyn, of Chicago, and Lynda Lancaster, of Chesterton, clean windows Wednesday at the Shirley Heinze Land Trust Meadowbrook Conservation Center and Nature Preserve, a former Girl Scout camp. They joined other volunteers in preparing cabins for students from Munster's Frank Hammond Scho…

October 09, 2013 5:37 pm

No texts but plenty of fun at Mighty Acorns Summer Camp

CHESTERTON | It’s just before lunchtime on a Thursday at Mighty Acorns Summer Camp, which means that a group of sixty fourth- through sixth-graders only have one more evening left of their four-night sleepover camp experience at Dunes Learning Center, in Chesterton, Indiana. It’s a rare mome…

August 15, 2013 12:41 pm

Walk in the Footsteps of History

CHESTERTON | The unique plant diversity found in Indiana's dunes have attracted scientists for more than a century. On Saturday, August 3, 2013, Dunes Learning Center and the National Park Service will provide visitors with an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of a historic expedition tha…

July 11, 2013 4:16 pm

Walk in the Footsteps of History

CHESTERTON | On Saturday, August 3, 2013, Dunes Learning Center and the National Park Service will provide visitors with an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of a historic expedition that took place 100 years ago.

July 08, 2013 3:58 pm

Get Outdoors at Dunes Learning Center

CHESTERTON | On Saturday, June 8th, locations around the country will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with opportunities for families to enjoy active outdoor fun and explore their public lands. Activities like hiking and bird watching might be expected, but art?

May 31, 2013 6:57 pm

Free event offers familes a chance to get outdoors

CHESTERTON | Dunes Learning Center will offer families an exciting day of outdoor fun at no cost in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day on June 8. Trail hikes, river exploration, kayak demonstrations, camp crafts and lunch on the lawn will be supplemented by art exhibitions and live mus…

May 14, 2013 2:23 pm

Bird series by local artist landing at Dunes Learning Center

CHESTERTON | A series of artworks depicting native perching birds by artist Melissa Washburn will be landing at Dunes Learning Center just in time for the spring migration — and for the center’s National Get Outdoors Day Open House and Picnic on June 8.

April 28, 2013 7:00 pm

Bird Exhibit landing at Dunes Learning Center

CHESTERTON | A series of artworks depicting native perching birds by artist Melissa Washburn will be landing at Dunes Learning Center just in time for the Spring migration—and Dunes Learning Center’s National Get Outdoors Day Open House and Picnic on Saturday, June 8.

April 23, 2013 7:40 pm
Benson named Dunes Learning Center executive director

Benson named Dunes Learning Center executive director

CHESTERTON | Geof Benson has been named executive director of the Dunes Learning Center, the group announced Tuesday.

February 19, 2013 11:15 am

Local geologist takes education on the road

CHESTERTON | Dunes Learning Center and the National Park Service will offer a one-day workshop titled "Geology Road Trip" with Ken Schoon, local educator, geologist and author on Feb. 16. The day will begin at 9 a.m. with a review of Calumet Area geology, including the formation of Lake Mich…

February 07, 2013 12:00 am

Something ‘Wild’ for educators at Dunes Learning Center

Area educators and youth group leaders from all walks have the world of nature at their fingertips at Michigan City’s Dunes Learning Center according to Wendy Smith, a facilitator for the “Project Wild” educational workshop.

January 18, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Enjoy, support your local national treasure

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Enjoy, support your local national treasure

It has been said that Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the region’s best kept secrets. Yes, the park gets 2 million visitors a year, but many people do not realize there is a national park here or that the places they love to visit are part of the national park.

September 30, 2012 12:00 am
Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, August 16th

Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, August 16th

This weekend Mylinda Cane gets into details on Dunes Learning Center fundraiser tomorrow night at newly restored Marquette Pavilion; 3 chances for Leoncavallo's Pagliacci! at the Acorn in Three Oaks and Jennifer Mayo's photographs shine at the Box Factory. ---Pat Colander, Associate Publishe…

August 15, 2012 8:15 am
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