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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

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

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

Day of Free Family Fun at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Jan. 11

CHESTERTON | Don't let shorter days and cooler temperatures keeping you inside! Dunes Learning Center has a day of adventures in nature planned for their annual Winter Open House on Saturday, January 11.

December 27, 2013 1:39 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

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

Local funding sends East Chicago kids to summer camp in the Dunes

CHESTERTON | Thirty-one children from East Chicago experienced the joys of summer camp inside Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore thanks to generous funding from ArcelorMittal, East Chicago Education Foundation, Foundations of East Chicago and SafetyKleen.

July 31, 2013 4:04 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

Camp for military kids revived after loss of federal funding

CHESTERTON | A summer camp for children of military families that was nearly canceled this year because it lost federal funding has been revived through a fundraising campaign of the camp operators.

May 22, 2013 8:02 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 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

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 Dunes Learning Center’s National Get Outdoors Day Open House and Picnic on Saturday, June 8.

April 23, 2013 3:24 pm
Dunes Learning Center to host Black Tie Event August 17

Dunes Learning Center to host Black Tie Event August 17

CHESTERTON | The Dunes Learning Center will host it's Black Tie & Barefoot 2012 event from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday, August 17 at the newly refurbished Marquette Park Pavilion. Enjoy live music, dinner, cocktails and the presentation of this year's Green Apple Awards.

August 02, 2012 11:50 am
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