Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center
Phone: (219) 926-1390
The Indiana State Park Nature Center is the starting point for The 3 Dune Challenge! 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. This is a self directed marked route that can be conquered any time of the year. Go barefoot or try it in snowshoes! The Nature Center also 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 Park Interpreters can also host special 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.
- Air Conditioning
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Family Friendly
- Group Friendly
- Handicap Accessible
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.
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 dune.
Join local photographer Edward Bryne as he showcases his fall photographs of locations in the Indiana Dunes. This program focuses on explaining the best tips of techniques of photographing fall foliage, as well as celebrating the beauty and environmental importance in our park's very distinctive landscape.