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5/4-5/7/17 - Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is an annual event that showcases the abundance of migratory birds in the Indiana Dunes. The four-day festival offers countless walks, hikes, talks, and programs. Visit the official website at www.indunesbirdingfestival.com for information on how to register. There is a fee to attend. The festival takes place in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the Indiana Dunes State Park, and throughout the region.

Birding in the Indiana Dunes is the best the state has to offer. With its rich biodiversity, varying habitats, and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the Indiana Dunes is a hotspot for migrant and resident birds. The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is an event designed to celebrate the dunes area’s various birding habitats and bird watching opportunities to create a positive impact on the economic, conservation, and environmental education for visitors and residents to the Indiana Dunes region.

Every Saturday - Douglas Center Open House

Douglas Center Enjoy fun, family-friendly activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center every Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Then, take the kids outside to the center’s Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is encouraged. You can also help feed the center’s resident turtles and fish or join a ranger for a hike in the beautiful Miller Woods.

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. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

Nature Tots Program - Second Wednesday of every month

Nature Tot ProgramParents and toddlers are invited to participate in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s new Nature Tot's program at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Nature Tots, aged 2-4, will learn about nature through a ranger-led story time, crafts and outdoor play. Parents will enjoy meeting other parents and learning fun ideas for bringing nature into their child’s life.

This program will be held every second Wednesday of the month, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

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 on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1821 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNL.

Every Third Friday - Music Heritage Series

Music Heritage SeriesJoin the Save the Tunes Council and share in the celebration of old time music. Tune up your vocal cords for a sing-along and gather up on every third Friday of the month, except for April when it has been moved to April 25, from 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.

The Save the Tunes Council is a group of local musicians devoted to preserving and passing on folk songs in the traditional way, using a variety of musical instruments including guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, banjo, harmonica, bagpipe, penny whistle, hurdy gurdy, and other obscure instruments.

Meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center located at 1215 N. State Road 49 just south of the intersection of 49 and U.S. 20 in Porter, Indiana. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882.