Indiana Dunes State Park
Phone: (219) 926-1952
Fax: (219) 926-9113
While thoughts of sunbathing and swimming in Lake Michigan might first lure you to this beautiful state park, there's so much more to do at Indiana Dunes State Park. The park encompasses 2,182 acres of beach, dunes, marshes, swamps, hardwood forests, and white pine groves. These varied habitats shelter diverse wildlife, and this state park is known for its excellent birding. The park's 16.5 miles of trails allow you to explore all these habitats. And of course the beaches themselves offer great walking and wildlife viewing. Head away from the public beach house, and you'll quickly lose the crowds. Scan the open water for ships, look for treasures in the sand at your feet, watch birds on the open water or feeding at the water's edge, and take in the sweeping backdrop of the dunes. Watch for birds from the small bird observatory in the Nature Center. The park provides camping, picnicking, showers, snack bar, camp store, and a park naturalist. In summer, the park offers a small gift shop and swimming beach with lifeguards. Interpretive naturalist programs are held daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and on weekends the rest of the year. View the schedule at www.stateparks.in.gov or call (219) 926-1390 for information.
10-11:30am & 1:30-3pm (CT)
Members of the Northwest Indiana Storytellers will be hosting a Tellabration where stories are shared all over the world on this date. Please join them for this informative storytelling workshop to learn tips and techniques in the Nature Center's Auditorium. Whether you're a beginner or a novice, this class is for you. Registration is required thought the cost is free.
Learn the art of wire-wrapping and make your own beach glass or stone jewelry during this 1.5-hour session. This is a great way to make a handmade gift just in time for the holidays. Space is limited with a $5 per person workshop fee. Register by calling the Nature Center.
Join the naturalist at the Nature Center for this easy walk where we explore for signs and learn all about the life of the turkey! Bring binoculars if you have them as you will look for fall birds and wildlife as well.
See the live turtles and snakes up-close in this fun program where you'll learn what the park's reptiles are doing to survive the cold winter months. Meet the Naturalist at the Nature Center.
Sunflowers, suet cakes, and peanuts, oh my! Come help the Naturalist fill all of the feeders this morning at the Nature Center and learn the scoop on how you can attract birds to your backyard.
10:00 a.m. (CT)
Join others across the country on a special New Year's Hike to ring in the New Year. Meet at the Nature Center and enjoy a rugged hike through the high dunes, including Mt. Tom. The hike is approximately an hour or a little more. Then enjoy a fire with some cookies/cocoa afterwards. Join in and start your New Year's resolution on the right note.
10am registration (CT)
Winter is not the time to lay around on the couch. Grab your adventure spirit and join in the fun. All you need is a GPS unit and a warm jacket. Winter visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, birding, a full service Nature Center, and of course geocaching.
Help celebrate National S'mores Day. Start by learning a little about the history of the camping culture of this delicious treat. Then have a full smorgasbord of different smores variations as well as marshmallow games for everyone to try. Kids under 12, please bring a parent. The activities take place at the Wilson Shelter and are provided by the Friends of the Indiana Dunes.