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Heron

Heron

A Great Blue Heron in the Great Marsh.

May 04, 2014 7:00 am
Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

A Sandhill Crane in the Great Marsh.

May 04, 2014 7:00 am
Heron 2

Heron 2

A Great Blue Heron in the Great Marsh.

May 04, 2014 7:00 am
Mount Baldy to remain closed; scientists don't know what's causing holes to form on dune

Mount Baldy to remain closed; scientists don't know what's causing holes to form on dune

Scientists do not know what caused this hole and others to appear on Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore since last summer. Additional research will be conducted this summer and may last into the fall. To ensure safety, Mount Baldy, its parking lot, trail, and beach in front …

April 24, 2014 2:12 pm
Mount Baldy to remain closed; scientists don't know what's causing holes to form on dune

Mount Baldy to remain closed; scientists don't know what's causing holes to form on dune

A hole at Mount Baldy is measured in this April 2014 photo provided by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Scientists do not know what caused this hole and others to appear in Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore since last summer. To ensure the public's safety, Mount Baldy,…

April 24, 2014 2:10 pm
Dunes history

Dunes history

Prairie Club of Chicago at the dunes

April 20, 2014 12:00 am
Dunes history

Dunes history

Prairie Club hike at the dunes

April 20, 2014 12:00 am
Dunes history

Dunes history

Secretary of the Interior Rogers C. B. Morton and Julie Nixon Eisenhower (center) were the keynote speakers at the September 1971 dedication day ceremony for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The event took place at Indiana Dunes State Park.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am
Dunes history

Dunes history

Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles

April 20, 2014 12:00 am
Dunes history

Dunes history

Ill. Sen. Paul Douglas

April 10, 2014 11:03 am
Wild Flower 1

Wild Flower 1

Wild flowers found in Heron Rookery.

March 22, 2014 7:00 am
Hiking 2

Hiking 2

Hiking on the Dune Ridge Trail.

March 22, 2014 7:00 am
Hiking 1

Hiking 1

Children enjoying a hike through Cowles Bog Trail.

March 22, 2014 7:00 am
Douglas Center 2

Douglas Center 2

A ranger and child observe the nature displays at the Paul H. Douglas Center.

March 22, 2014 7:00 am
Douglas Center 1

Douglas Center 1

A ranger reads to a child at the Paul H. Douglas Center.

March 22, 2014 7:00 am
Wild Flower 2

Wild Flower 2

Yellow wild flowers along the Miller Woods Trail.

March 22, 2014 7:00 am

Holiday traditions in the Dunes

PORTER | Celebrate “Holiday Traditions in the Dunes” from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Enjoy live holiday music and dance, tour two historic homes decked out in their holiday finest, let the kids make some holiday crafts, and get a free taste of some tradition…

December 05, 2013 12:00 am
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore poster

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore poster

The Century of Progress Historic District is depicted in a poster unveiled Thursday. The graphics represent 22 sites within the park.

August 08, 2013 3:28 pm
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore poster

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore poster

The Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk is depicted in a poster unveiled Thursday. To improve public understanding of the many parts of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the National Park Service has developed a series of site graphics that will be used to help the public better understand the…

August 08, 2013 3:26 pm
Earth Day sheds light on climate change close to home

Earth Day sheds light on climate change close to home

Two Karner blue butterflies sit on a weed at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Last year's early spring caused the federally endangered butterfly eggs to hatch early, but the wild lupine the larvae feed on had not yet emerged. The butterflies starved to death.

April 22, 2013 12:00 am
Dunes Map

Dunes Map

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore property stretches from Gary to Michigan City along Lake Michigan. But it also includes noncontiguous areas in Porter and LaPorte counties.

November 30, 2011 1:40 pm

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore superintendent receives Meritorious Service Award

PORTER | Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore superintendent, Costa Dillon, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Award of the Department of the Interior. The presentation was made by National Park Service Deputy Director Mickey Fearn.

June 09, 2011 2:20 pm

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: You're lucky to have a national park in this area

A few weeks ago, PBS broadcast Ken Burns' latest documentary: "The National Parks, America's Best Idea." This stunning 12-hour series highlighted the history of our national parks. There are only 391 parks in the national park system, and many communities try every year to get one. Northwest…

October 18, 2009 12:00 am

Midsummer celebration slated at Chellberg Farm on Sunday

Music, dancing and traditional costumes will highlight the event. Between noon and 1 p.m. visitors are invited to bring flowers from home to take part in the custom of decorating the maypole. Immediately following, there will be a musical procession culminating in the raising of the newly de…

June 27, 2009 12:00 am

All fireworks are prohibited at Dunes National Lakeshore

This includes West Beach, the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk and all areas of the shoreline from the Bailly Generating Station to Crescent Dune. They are also prohibited in interior portions of the park, including the Tremont picnic area, Li-co-ki-we Trail, Chellberg Farm and Dunewood Campground.

June 24, 2009 12:00 am

National Lakeshore chief will engage the public in Portage

No reservations are required. - BY TIMES STAFF

June 09, 2009 12:00 am

Visitors can work on solutions for Chellberg Farm at picnic

The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. Participants should bring a lunch for the picnic afterward. Beverages will be provided. For more information, call (219) 879-3937. - BY TIMES STAFF

June 09, 2009 12:00 am

Students are invited to Friday water summit at Lakefront park

The summit will include activities such as water relays, water conservation trivia and leadership workshops. -- By Times Staff

May 24, 2009 12:00 am

Migratory birds celebrated at National Lakeshore

If indoor activities are not enough, join a park ranger at 1:30 p.m. as they caravan to one of the most popular spring locations in the national lakeshore for a hike on spring wildflowers and birds. This hike will last approximately 90 minutes. Also, learn how to join other birders on May 9 …

May 01, 2009 12:00 am

Dunes BioBlitz planned for next month

Part scientific endeavor, part festival and part outdoor classroom, the BioBlitz will bring together leading scientists and naturalists from around the country with teams of public volunteers of all ages, including more than 2,000 students from the tri-state region (Illinois, Indiana, Michig…

April 27, 2009 12:00 am

It's Maple sugar Time at the National Lakeshore

Stop by the farm and take the self-guided trail to learn how maple tree sap has been used for hundreds of years. See how American Indians first boiled maple sap into sugar and how later settlers used large iron kettles to make the sap into syrup. Then, stand in the warm steam of the sugar sh…

March 06, 2009 12:00 am

Your local national park needs your support

President Obama has called on all Americans to become involved in national and community service. What better way to do both than to support your neighborhood national park?

February 22, 2009 12:00 am

National Lakeshore presents science in the dunes program

Cowles was an ecologist, botanist, teacher, and conservationist. At the end of the 19th century, Cowles made hundreds of scientific observations of the sand dune landscapes of southwestern Lake Michigan. His study demonstrated that the outdoor environment is a dynamic system in which plants,…

October 17, 2008 12:00 am

National Lakeshore honors local business for help in drug resistance program

Pam and Russell Bass, whose restaurant is located at 5016 Melton Road in Portage, have donated thousands of hot dogs, buns, and assorted condiments over a 10-year period for this annual field trip. These contributions have enhanced the D.A.R.E. field trips for over 3,500 children who have co…

October 10, 2008 12:00 am

Midsummer celebration scheduled at National Lakeshore

The Scandinavian-themed event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the farm on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 12 and U.S. 20.

June 18, 2008 12:00 am

American Indian workshop for teachers offered at Indiana Dunes

"American Indians in this Region: A Fresh Look at the Past, Present, and Future" will be offered March 28-30. Most educators cover American Indians in their classrooms and programs in some form or fashion. This workshop will provide a fresh look at this culture's history in this region thr…

February 29, 2008 12:00 am

Lakeshore ornament on White House tree

"It is an amazing honor for the National Park Service to be selected as the theme for the White House holiday decorations by the President and Mrs. Bush," said National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomar. "Mrs. Bush is the best champion for our national parks, and the beautiful decorations …

December 07, 2007 12:00 am

Historic house tours at National Lakeshore

This is the first time since 2000 that the Century of Progress homes have been open to the public, and the first time that the Lustron homes and the Gust Lindstrom site will be included on the tour. The tours are limited in size and will be by reservation only. Reservations will be taken fro…

September 17, 2007 12:00 am

Historic house tours at National Lakeshore

This is the first time since 2000 that the Century of Progress homes have been open to the public, and the first time that the Lustron homes and the Gust Lindstrom site will be included on the tour. The tours are limited in size and will be by reservation only. Reservations will be taken Sep…

September 13, 2007 12:00 am

Dunes' staff invites teachers to get students outdoors

They're accepting reservations for field trips to the park. Reservations for these free, ranger-led, programs can be made by calling the National Lakeshore's scheduling office at (219) 926-7561, ext 243. Scheduling continues throughout the school year, but calling for reservations early give…

August 29, 2007 12:00 am

West Beach reopens to swimming

Water samples taken Monday tested at 43 colonies per 100 milliliters, well below the 235 colonies per 100 ml level at which swimming is considered unhealthy. West Beach was closed to swimming Monday when conditions indicated potential high bacteria levels.

August 28, 2007 12:00 am

No advisories issued for beaches

Wednesday testing indicated an E.coli level of 291 colonies, exceeding the 235 colony or less level that usually indicates beaches safe for swimming.

July 26, 2007 12:00 am

PNC part of wetland education workshop for teachers

The workshop will explore the changes in wetlands and changing habitats of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, introduce educators to wetland habitats and functions and values, familiarize participants with wetland mapping, aerial photography, satellite imagery, topographic maps and GIS te…

July 12, 2007 12:00 am

Wetland educators workshop coming to National Lakeshore

Registration is required for the "Wetland Education through Maps and Aerial Photography" workshop designed by researchers at the United States Geological Survey and Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb. Registration is limited.

June 21, 2007 12:00 am

Beaches test safe for swimming

Although bacteria levels were higher than in recent weeks, they were still well under the level considered dangerous: 235 colonies of E.coli bacteria per 100 milliliters of water.

June 21, 2007 12:00 am

Native American crafts program at National Lakeshore

Volunteers will be available to help children make story bracelets, small cattail duck decoys, and cloth dolls. In addition, kids can play stick games and string finger games or just curl up on a story blanket or traditional tales.

June 08, 2007 12:00 am

Water quality testing results

None of the National Lakeshore beaches tested Wednesday had more than 40 colonies per 100 milliliters, below the 235-colony limit.

June 07, 2007 12:00 am

Saving the Savanna Hike offered at National Lakeshore

During the hike, Dr. Choi will explore dune succession and also explain the historical and ecological importance of oak-savanna habitat. He will also highlight his research project, entitled "Demonstration of Oak-savanna

May 18, 2007 12:00 am

Seventh graders celebrate a year of wetlands studies

Paul H. Douglas Center and the Gary school system's Deep River Outdoor Education Center.

May 18, 2007 12:00 am

Workshop involves restoration

The workshop, called Demonstration of Oak-Savanna Restoration in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 14. The workshop is targeted to all types of environmental educators, including school teachers, park rangers, and nature interpreters. Participants will be e…

May 14, 2007 12:00 am
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