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Graffiti artist is tagging the Dunes

August 11, 2016 - Rob Earnshaw, The Times

Renown graffiti/mural artist Ryan “ARCY” Christenson is back in Porter County creating “seven masterpieces” over a period of five days at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.

Last year, Christenson drew attention at the Porter County Fair where he created wall-sized murals featuring farm animals. This time Christenson will paint five permanent murals, a bench and a life-size “Bison-tennial” bison during the live art event celebrating Indiana Dunes Tourism’s 30th anniversary.

On Wednesday Christenson began work on an 8-by-12-foot mural of a sandhill crane. The rest of the week he’ll complete a red fox, a saw-whet owl, a rainbow trout and a white-tail deer — all animals that are often seen in the Indiana Dunes area.

50th Anniversary Photography Program Packs Dunes Visitor Center

April 27, 2016 - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

A record crowd of almost 250 people packed the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center on the evening of April 16 to see local dunes photographer David Larson’s program, “50 Years of Photography in the Indiana Dunes.” The evening kicked off with a reception, hosted by the Dunes Learning Center, celebrating the opening of a special exhibition of Larson’s photography. Larson’s photographs, some dating back to 1959, show the changing nature of the dunes landscape and include dunes located today within the national lakeshore’s West Beach and some, like Howling Hill, that were lost to development.

The program began with remarks from Geof Benson, Executive Director of the Dunes Learning Center, who mentioned that the center has now hosted over 50,000 children on overnight environmental education programs in the dunes. Paul Labovitz, the national lakeshore’s superintendent, thanked the learning center for their support and added that the evening’s program was a great kick-off event for National Park Week.

Food Vendors Sought for Anniversary Events at National Lakeshore

April 28, 2016 - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The National Park Service is seeking food trucks or other self-contained food service vendors for several special events this year in celebration of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary and the National Park Service Centennial. Events needing vendors include the Miller Woods Bioblitz on May 20 and 21, 2016, an Anniversary Concert at West Beach on August 27, 2016, the Apples, Apples, Apples Festival at Chellberg Farm on September 17 & 18, 2016, and the Dunes Blowout at West Beach on September 24 & 25, 2016. These four events are each expected to draw between 600 – 1,500 visitors per day.

Federal regulations require any individuals or groups selling food or other items in a national park to obtain a Commercial Use Authorization permit. Completed applications for a permit include a payment of $65 to cover the costs of processing the request. Additionally, vendors selling food must comply with county and Federal health regulations. Vendors may apply to operate at one event or all four anniversary events under the same Commercial Use Authorization.

All inquiries are welcome. Please call or email Amber Siewin, 219-395-1859, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about selling food at one or more of these events and to get an application.

Indiana Dunes Pendleton Blankets Available at Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets

Indiana Dunes Pendleton BlanketThe Dunes National Park Association will be at the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, outside the Pendleton store on April 30 and May 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with DNPA commemorative Pendleton blankets. The DNPA officials will also have educational information.

The Dunes National Park Association’s Pendleton blanket celebrates the sea, sand and surf of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The colors reflect the natural beauty of the blues of the sky and water, green mimics the grasses and flora found in the park and the tans of the sandy shores. The blankets are of the highest quality wool and measure 60x80” and are available for $200. All proceeds go to support programs and project at the Indiana Dunes National Park.

Learn more about the Dunes National Park Association, the anniversary blanket or to purchase a blanket online, click here. The Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets are located at 601 Wabash St. in Michigan City, Ind.

Volunteers Needed for BioBlitz at National Lakeshore

April 20, 2016 - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The National Park Service at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is looking for volunteers to assist with the Miller Woods BioBlitz on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, 2016. A BioBlitz, is a fun, collaborative race against the clock to discover as many species of plants and animals within a set location. Although led by scientists and other professionals, volunteers are needed to help so as many species as possible can be found during the BioBlitz. Scientists will lead groups day and night and each will have a specialized focus. Some will look for birds, plants, amphibians, and a number of other categories.

Volunteers are needed to fill a number of important positions including welcome/registration and check-in, parking lot assistants, photographers, data collection and entry, helping scientists collect data, and staffing education stations inside the Douglas Center. No experience is necessary; just some free time and an interest in helping with a fun and educational event. Training, supplies, and equipment will be provided.

Interested individuals are asked to contact the National Park Service, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Hunter Moseley or Grant Smith at 219-395-1713. Check out Volunteer.gov to discover more volunteer opportunities to in your public lands.