events

Events

Events

11/18/17 - Volunteer at the Oak Savannas

Oak Savanas Indiana Dunes National LakeshoreJoin a ranger as we improve the quality of the Miller Woods Oak Savanna from 9am to 12pm. Please lend a hand to help improve “Your Neighborhood" National Park.

The Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller section of Gary.

For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park's website at www.nps.gov/indu.

To learn more about black oak savannas visit... https://home.nps.gov/indu/learn/nature/black-oak-savannas.htm.

11/18/17 - Calumet Heritage Area Hike

Calumet Outdoors Hike 11-18-17Enjoy an exciting and informative hike at one of the most historically and ecologically interesting spots in our region from 9am to 12pm. This hike, led by Mario Longoni of the Field Museum, will start at the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education and lead us through portions of Marquette Park Gary and Miller Woods.

We will learn about the industrial history and the diverse communities that continue to transform the landscape of the Calumet Region. Learn about the effort to create a Calumet Heritage Effort. Please join us.

Location: Park and begin at the Paul H. Douglas Environmental Education Center. The hike will cover roughly a 4-5 mile loop to the beach and back. Pass through beautiful dune and swale landscape, the headwaters of the Grand Calumet Waterway, Miller Beach and historic Aquatorium and Marquette Park Pavilion. From there, it’s possible to shuttle cars or walk one mile back to the starting point.

Directions: Heading east from the northern terminus of I-65 along Highway 12, turn left onto Lake Street. Follow Lake Street until you see a pedestrian bridge and the Paul H. Douglas Center parking area.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Dress for the weather. For day of questions, contact Mario Longoni at 773-301- 8234. RSVP encouraged at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

11/24/17 - Black Friday Opt-Outside Hike

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore dunes hikeInstead of shopping on Black Friday, opt outside for a free, expert-led, family-friendly hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Friday, November 24, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at West Beach. Co-sponsored by Save the Dunes, the interactive hike will be led by regional experts in fields such as birding, botany, insects, geology, and ecology.

We will hike up to 3.5 miles based on conditions with easy cut-offs back to the parking lot for shorter hikes of 1.0 mile and 2.0 miles in length. The hike is moderate in difficulty with 250 stairs and some sections of loose sand trail surface.

After the hike, please join Save the Dunes for an after hike event at a local restaurant to celebrate the outdoors. Details will be available at the hike or at www.savedunes.org.

This hike is inspired by REI’s #OtpOutside movement, in which last year 1.4 million people and 170 organizations were involved in outdoor activities on Black Friday. If you are going to share this event or your story, please use the hash tag #OptOutside.

Please meet at the West Beach parking lot, located at 376 North County Line Road in Portage, about one half mile north of U.S. Highway 12. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/indu. For information about the Save the Dunes organization, please visit www.savedunes.org and www.facebook.com/savedunes.

11/25/17 - "Turkey Trot" Hike

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore turkey trot hikeJoin a ranger on Saturday, November 25 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in search of wild turkey and other wildlife as you work off Thanksgiving dinner at the Calumet Dunes parking lot in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Hike along the ancient Calumet shoreline of Lake Michigan and through forested dunes and small blowouts.

Meet at the Calumet Dunes Trail parking lot located on 300E (Kemil Road), just off of U.S. Highway 12 near Beverly Shores. This is the former site of the visitor center and the current home of the USGS regional office. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check out the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

To learn more about the Calumet Dunes trail visit https://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/cdic.htm.

11/26/17- Upland Trail at Pinhook Hike

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Pinhook Upland Trail HikeJoin a ranger for a hike on Pinhook Bog’s often overlooked Upland Trail at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from 1pm to 3pm. The hike showcases the bog’s watershed as you hike a ravine, cross a bridge over a secluded pond that feeds the bog, and through stands of towering trees.

Meet at the Pinhook Bog parking lot located at 920 North Wozniak Road in Michigan City. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check out the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

For more information about Pinhook Bog trails visit https://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/pb16.htm.