Indiana Dunes Mount Baldy at Sunrise



The Dunes National Park Association (DNPA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Dunes National Park Association takes its name as homage to the National Dunes Park Association, the original organization formed in Chicago in 1917 to advocate for a national park on Indiana’s coast.


The Dunes National Park Association is a non profit 501(C)3 organization that exists to solicit funds for the benefit or support of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and related activities, advocate on behalf of the park and educate the community on the abundant resources available in our national park.


The mission of the DNPA is to support the protection, preservation, and promotion of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore by building a community dedicated to conserving the park for the inspiration, education, and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Private sector support for America’s national parks is a tradition as old as the parks themselves. Even before the establishment of the National Park Service (NPS) in 1916 as a bureau of the Department of the Interior, citizens were stepping forward to protect special places that exemplify the United States of America’s national heritage. Today, over 160 partner groups all over the United States carry forward this tradition with national parks.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is in the fourth largest urban area in the nation, but does not have a private support organization comparable to those found in many other national parks. As a result, this region and this park are missing opportunities that can help Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore improve its services to visitors, increase its economic impact on the region, and improve its protection of historic and natural resources.

    • Apply for grants and private sector funding to support the park.
    • Receive donations that will enhance our national park.
    • Encourage public support for park goals.
    • Assist in renovating and developing park facilities.
    • Involve the public with the park and act as a liaison with the community. 

Dunes National Park Association wishes to help Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore foster a climate of partnering that achieves park goals and relevant community/regional goals. It seeks to work closely with community organizations, business leaders, governments, and elected officials to encourage investment in the park, strengthening the economic benefits the park provides to the community, and reinforcing its value to the region.