events

Events

Events

6/24/17 - Fort Building Contest

Fort-BuildingBring your family or group of friends to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, June 24, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to compete in a fort building contest using materials found in nature. Test your architectural skills in the Douglas Center's Nature Play Zone and you might just win a small prize.

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 neighborhood of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882.

7/1/17 - Invasive Species Workshop

Miller Woods TrailJoin a park ranger to learn how to combat the spread of invasive species in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, July 1st from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This program takes place at the national lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

Learn how to identify common invasive plants, test your knowledge of Indiana’s native plants, and take a short hike through the national lakeshore’s Miller Woods to learn how to report invasive species using a free smartphone app. Kids will also have the chance to design and create their own invasive species button, and receive an invasive species souvenir from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Be sure to dress for the weather. This program is only cancelled due to lightening or dangerous weather. For more information on this program, contact Brigitte Moneymaker at 219-395-1713 or by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller neighborhood of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882.

7/1/17 - Artopia Program

Woodland-Wildflower-Hike-Indiana-Dunes Let nature bring out the artist in you. Join Rhonda Cox, executive director of the Artopia Arts and Crafts Cultural Academy, on Saturday, July 1, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center and create a piece of art focusing on nature. This program is free and you can take your creation home to enjoy.

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 neighborhood of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882.

7/2/17 - Independence Day Holiday Concert

Military Band Concert at West BeachCelebrate our nation’s independence with a United States Military Band Concert at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Join the 85th Army Band, stationed out of Arlington Heights, Illinois, for a free concert on the beach at the national lakeshore’s West Beach on Sunday, July 2nd at 7:00 pm. The army's concert band will perform from the back steps of the West Beach bath house, so bring folding chairs or blankets to set up on the beach to enjoy this one-hour holiday concert.

There is normally a $6 per car fee for West Beach, but cars entering after 6:00 pm on the evening of the concert will get in free of charge. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved inside the West Beach bath house. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact our information desk at 219-395-1882. For information on the Army Band, go to their webpage here.

7/8/17 - Bailly Homestead Candlelight Tour

Bailly-HomesteadTake a candlelight tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Bailly Homestead on Saturday, July 8, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Learn about life in Northwest Indiana 150 years ago during this free, night-time tour. Meet the ranger at the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot at 7:30 pm and be prepared for a leisurely 1/3 mile hike through the woods to the homestead. No reservations are necessary.

Park volunteers and staff will introduce visitors to the Native American Potawatomi lifestyle as well as the life of fur traders like Joseph Bailly. Learn about the Bailly family history as you tour the Bailly home. Then enjoy a night hike on your way back to the parking lot. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent.

The Bailly/Chellberg parking lot is located at 618 North Mineral Springs Road in Porter, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882.