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December

Music Heritage Series at the National Lakeshore has been added to your travel planner!
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Music Heritage Series at the National Lakeshore

Date: Friday, December 21 7:30-9pm (CT)

Join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with the sounds of each season at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Tune up your vocal cords and gather for a...Read More

South Shore Orchestra: Holiday Pops has been added to your travel planner!
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South Shore Orchestra: Holiday Pops

Date: Friday, December 21 7:30pm (CT)

Join Maestro Troy Webdell, the South Shore Orchestra and Santa for a holiday celebration the entire family can enjoy! South Shore Orchestra will present an evening that is guaranteed to entertain all...Read More

Winter Solistice Hike/Campfire has been added to your travel planner!
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Winter Solistice Hike/Campfire

Date: Friday, December 21 3-5pm (CT)

Join rangers for a sunset hike at the Kemil Beach parking lot. Catch the sunset, the rising Full Moon, and enjoy the sweeping views of the Great Marsh from the top of the Dune Ridge Trail. After the...Read More

Children's Christmas Party has been added to your travel planner!
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Children's Christmas Party

Date: Saturday, December 22 1-4pm (CT)

Kids ages 3-12 are invited to the Brown Mansion for an old-fashioned Christmas party. There will be a special visit from Santa from 2-3pm. This open house style event includes...Read More

Governor's Cottage Hike has been added to your travel planner!
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Governor's Cottage Hike

Date: Saturday, December 22 10am (CT)

Join the Naturalist at the Nature Center for a moderate hike to explore the remains of Governor Jackson's cottage new the lake shore. Along the way, you will learn about the history of the park.

Home for the Owl-idays has been added to your travel planner!
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Home for the Owl-idays

Date: Saturday, December 22 2pm (CT)

Join the Naturalist for a hootin' good time in the Nature Center auditorium to learn all about the owls that call the dunes home in the winter.

Science in the National Lakeshore has been added to your travel planner!
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Science in the National Lakeshore

Date: Saturday, December 22 2-4pm (CT)

Meet local experts and scientists who are conducting reserarch in the national park. Examine the knowledge gained by researchers during a presentation on their work and a short hike afterward.

"Shell"-A-Brate Turtles! has been added to your travel planner!
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"Shell"-A-Brate Turtles!

Date: Sunday, December 23 10am (CT)

Come celebrate this holiday season with the turtles today in the Nature Center auditorium. You will see a few up-close and see what they do in the winter.

Beach Discovery Hike has been added to your travel planner!
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Beach Discovery Hike

Date: Sunday, December 23 2pm (CT)

Meet the Naturalist at the Beach Pavilion for an exploratory walk along the state park beach. You'll see what mysteries may have washed up and if the shelf ice is starting to form!

Chesterton Christmas Eve Jingle Bell Run has been added to your travel planner!
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Chesterton Christmas Eve Jingle Bell Run

Date: Monday, December 24 7am registration; 8am run (CT)

Put on your most festive running clothes or come as you are. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or new, unopened toiletries to be donated to the Westchester Neighbors Food...Read More

Christmas Eve Morning Stroll has been added to your travel planner!
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Christmas Eve Morning Stroll

Date: Monday, December 24 10am (CT)

Join the naturalists for their traditional Christmas Eve stroll through the dune forests. 

Acrylic Painting at Valparaiso Library has been added to your travel planner!
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Acrylic Painting at Valparaiso Library

Date: Thursday, December 27 2pm class & 4pm class (CT)

All skill levels are welcome to attend this art class under the guidance of an experienced instructor - Susan Young. A painting surface and all other supplies will be provided and you will make and...Read More

Christmas Bird Count has been added to your travel planner!
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Christmas Bird Count

Date: Friday, December 28 10-11am (CT)

Join tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas for the annual Christmas Bird Count. Families, students. amateurs, birders, and scientists alike, arm themselves with binoculars, bird...Read More

Noon Years Eve Party has been added to your travel planner!
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Noon Years Eve Party

Date: Friday, December 28 11am-12:30pm (CT)

Kids are invited to ring in the New Year at Hageman with a celebration just for them! Children ages 6-12 are invited to say farewell to 2018 and say hello to 2019 by participating in a morning...Read More

High Dunes Hike has been added to your travel planner!
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High Dunes Hike

Date: Saturday, December 29 10am (CT)

A great way to burn off some of those holiday meal calories is to 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...Read More

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Indiana Dunes

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