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September microbrews, music and eating experiences as the season takes shape

September microbrews, music and eating experiences as the season takes shape

Fall is the perfect season at the Livery with its line-up of microbrews and music and a look ahead at River Rendezvous and Motown kicks off the NISO season this year at the Star Plaza.---Pat Colander, Associate Editor and Publisher, Shore Magazine.

August 28, 2014 10:00 am

Military Kids Discover Resilience in Nature

CHESTERTON | The last day of summer camp is always bittersweet—full of hugs and promises to stay in touch. The moment was particularly poignant for the 70 kids attending Military Kids Dunes Discovery Camp at Dunes Learning Center—who have already experienced too many difficult good-byes in t…

August 13, 2014 9:21 pm
A new summer tradition begins with Lightning Bug Music Festival

A new summer tradition begins with Lightning Bug Music Festival

The twin passions of a local husband and wife will collide on the grassy knoll of Valparaiso’s Sunset Hill Park as a bevy of unique music styles and food options are presented under the banner of Lightning Bug Music Festival to help fund a regional educational cause that, as parents, is impo…

July 03, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Mayor pitches in to clear debris from marsh

Mayor pitches in to clear debris from marsh

LAKE STATION | The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana recently partnered with the Dunes Learning Center and National Park Service for a summer program at career exploration.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am

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
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