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Secretary Jewell Applauds President Obama’s Action to Establish Pullman National Monument

February 19, 2015 - National Park Service Press Release

Pullman National MonumentChicago’s First National Park Honors Labor, Civil Rights Movements

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell applauded President Obama’s action today to establish the Pullman National Monument in Chicago, Illinois. The monument will protect and interpret America’s first planned industrial town and a site associated with important milestones in the labor and civil rights movements.

The Pullman National Monument is one of three new national monuments announced by President Obama today that help tell the story of significant events in American history and protect unique natural resources for the benefit of all Americans. He also launched an “Every Kid in a Park” initiative that will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission to National Parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year. 

“National parks are America’s story teller, so it’s fitting that we are including Pullman and the neighborhood’s rich history in the national park system,” said Secretary Jewell. “Chicago’s first national park will help preserve and honor the stories associated with this unique factory town and the Pullman Company – from the industrial revolution to the struggle for civil rights and economic opportunity.”

The Pullman National Monument is located in Chicago’s South Side on the original Pullman town site. The town was created in the 1880s by the Pullman Palace Car Company to serve as a model factory town to manufacture railroad passenger cars and house factory workers and their families.

President visits Pullman neighborhood to establish national monument

February 20, 2015 - Andrew Steele, The Times

President Barack Obama recalled his days as a community organizer on Chicago's south side as he signed an order Thursday declaring the historic Pullman neighborhood the Pullman National Monument. "It's always fun coming home for me, but this is special," he said. Obama said he took either the 111th or 115th street exit from the Bishop Ford Freeway into the Pullman area "every day for three years."

"To be able to come back here today where I cut my teeth ... that means a lot," Obama said.

The new Pullman National Monument includes 203 acres stretching roughly from East 103rd Street on the north to East 115th on the south; and from South Cottage Grove Avenue on the west eastward toward the Bishop Ford Freeway. "This place has been a milestone in our journey toward a more perfect union," Obama said.

A helpful way to learn about the Dunes

January 21, 2015 - Joan Dittman, Post-Tribune

Within the special place that is the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, there are several unique places.

One is Miller Woods, which includes an oak savannah, a diverse ecosystem that includes both prairie plants that thrive when it’s sunny, as well as shady woodland plants.

The new Stewardship Days program in Miller Woods will provide an interesting way for all to learn more about conservation efforts there and across the dunes, along with an easy way to engage in helping restore and protect one of the unique and wonderful assets within the dunes.

Stewardship Days in Miller Woods begins Saturday and will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Saturday of every month.

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival Coming

January 7, 2015 - The Birding Wire

Indiana Audubon Society is pleased to lead a great partnership to provide the first ever Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, May 7-10, 2015. This first ever event is located at not only Indiana's largest tourist destination, but the greatest birding location in the state, and a top site in the Great Lakes. This year's festival features a keynote presentation by James Currie, host of National Geographic's Birding Adventures TV.

An assortment of field trips, tours, programs, hands on activities, live birds, and more will have a little something for birders of all interest and skill levels. Begin following the activity on their Facebook page or the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival website. IAS members will have special priority registration before all others coming later in February!

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Environmental classes from Lake Central visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

December 9, 2014 - The Times

GARY | Jackie Ruiz, AP Environmental Science teacher at Lake Central High School, took three of her classes on a memorable trip to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore last month.

The students were treated to a rare experience, Tuiz said, a high school field trip. "I can show them pictures of the Dunes, but nothing compares to experiencing the Dunes," said Ruiz.

The classes started their adventure at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education in Gary, where the group was welcomed by National Park Service rangers Kip Walton and Kimberly Swift who provided information about the diversity of species found at the Miller Woods trail.

The final destination on the trek was the beach where the unseasonably warm weather allowed for the students to remove their shoes and feel the sand on their feet. "I was shocked that the majority of my students had never visited the Dunes, a true treasure, right here in Northwest Indiana, that many people travel from far away to visit," Ruiz said.

The students explored three ecosystems - wetlands, a lagoon and Lake Michigan. They gained an appreciation of the natural beauty found so close to home.

"Climbing the sand dunes made me realize what a beautiful and awesome place this is," said senior Adam Cobban.

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