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Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center

Address

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304

Contact

Phone: (219) 926-1390

About

The Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center hosts a variety of interpretive programs about the unique animals, plants, and ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes. Interactive programs range from learning about reptiles to birding to studying the geology of the Dunes. The parks Interpretive Naturalists can also host private group hikes and programs tailored to the needs of your school, church, company or scout group for a small fee. The Nature Center has many hands-on exhibits serving as a fantastic introduction to the wonders of the Indiana Dunes. The Indiana State Park Nature Center is also the starting point for The 3 Dune Challenge. If you think you have what it take to complete The 3 Dune Challenge then challenge yourself, your friends and your family to hike the three tallest sand dunes on the southern shore of Lake Michigan; Mt. Holden, Mt. Jackson, and Mt. Tom.

Amenities:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Family Friendly
  • Group Friendly
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Pet Friendly

Events:

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Glacial Goodies

Date: Tuesday, June 25
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A special ice cream treat will be served, while supplies last, with toppings to help you learn about glacial drift in the Indiana Dunes landscape.

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To the Blowout and Back

Date: Tuesday, June 25
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Come out and experience with a Naturalist what was voted by USAToday as Indiana's greatest trail.Meet at the Nature Center.

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High Dunes Hike

Date: Wednesday, June 26
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Strap on your hiking shoes and meet at the Nature Center where a Naturalist will lead you on a fun trek up the state's tallest sand dune! Along the way, you will learn about the natural and cultural history of this area.

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Snakes Alive

Date: Wednesday, June 26
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Slither over to the Nature Center this morning for a close up look of our dunes' snakes. Whether simply curious, passionate or have mixed emotions about snakes, this program will provide you withgreater insight about these often misunderstood creatures.

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Beach Mysteries

Date: Thursday, June 27
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In this fun program, you will learn to identify mysteries that wash up on the beach!

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The J.D. Marshall Shipwreck

Date: Thursday, June 27
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Set anchor at the Nature Center for this program looking at one of the specialshipwreckstories on Lake Michigan.

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Hike to the Governor's Cottage

Date: Friday, June 28
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Join the naturalist for a moderate history hike to explore the remains of Governor Jackson's cottage near the lakeshore.

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Ant Lion Safari, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, June 29
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Join the Naturalist for a short discovery walk looking for the unique lions of the dunes.Meet at the Nature Center.

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Senseational Hike

Date: Saturday, June 29
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Awaken your 5-senses with hands-on activities to help you be a nocturnal animal.

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Critter Dinner

Date: Saturday, June 29
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Stop in to see our Nature Center's reptiles and amphibians eat their live meals.

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Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Tuesday, July 16
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Join Naturalist and volunteers for this special hike to Lake Michigan and back. Meet at the Nature Center at 7 pm for a presentation about our moon along with come "Stellar" treats. The hike begins at 8 pm.

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Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Friday, August 16
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Join Naturalist and volunteers for this special hike to Lake Michigan and back. Meet at the Nature Center at 7 pm for a presentation about our moon along with come "Stellar" treats. The hike begins at 8 pm.

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Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, September 14
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Join Naturalist and volunteers for this special hike to Lake Michigan and back. Meet at the Nature Center at 7 pm for a presentation about our moon along with come "Stellar" treats. The hike begins at 8 pm.

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Dunes Fall Photography Talk - Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Thursday, October 10
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Join local photographer Edward Bryne as he showcases his fall photographs of locations in the Indiana Dunes. This programfocuses on explainingthe best tips of techniques of photographingfall foliage, as well as celebrating the beauty and environmental importance in our park's very distinctive landscape.