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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 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.

Amenities:

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

Events:

Drama in the Dunes, Indiana Dunes State Park has been added to your travel planner!
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Drama in the Dunes, Indiana Dunes State Park

Dates: July 12 - August 02, 2018
2-3pm (CT)

Learn how nature can inspire acting and the way we relate to each other in our environments day to day through different exercises. They will meet on Thursday at the Nature Center. Fun and educational for all ages. No experience needed. Come once or every week.

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High Tech Scavenger Hunt, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Monday, July 16
10-11am (CT)

Join in a scavenger hunt with a techno-twist. You will learn all about the hobby of geocaching. Prizes for the kids. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Awesome Amphibians, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Monday, July 16
3-4pm (CT)

Hop on over to find out more about the dunes' native frogs, toads, and salamanders and meet them up-close. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Tree ID Spree, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Friday, July 20
10-11am (CT)

Do tress leaves "leaf" you wondering? Join the Indiana Dunes State Park for a walk where you will learn the identification tips. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Tea Time, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Friday, July 20
3-4pm (CT)

Free taste testing! Join in and explore some of the teas that can be made using natural items around the dunes. Meet at the Nature Center.

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High Dunes Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, July 21
10-11:15am (CT)

Strap on your hiking shoes and join a Naturalist to not only see the beautiful views but learn more about both the natural and cultural history of the Indiana Dunes. Meet the Naturalist at the Nature Center.

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Spider Sniffing Saunter, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, July 21
8:30-9:30pm (CT)

Our 8-legged friends are all around us! Come out and learn the technique for finding spiders' eyes at night along the trail in this fun program. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Snakes Alive! Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, July 21
3-4pm (CT)

Slither over to the Nature Center to see up-close some snakes of the Dunes and learn more about these often misunderstood creatures. Meet at the Nature Center.

From the Dunes With Love, Indiana Dunes State Park has been added to your travel planner!
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From the Dunes With Love, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Sunday, July 22
10-11am (CT)

Make and take your own postcards today at the Nature Center. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Shipwreck Stories, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Sunday, July 22
3-4pm (CT)

Set anchor in the Nature Center Auditorium for this interactive program looking at the special shipwrecks and their stories on Lake Michigan.

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The Sun Did It!, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Monday, July 23
3-4pm (CT)

This is a shining program where you will learn about solar energy and take home a memento. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Fun with Furs, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Tuesday, July 24
3-4pm (CT)

Learn about a variety of the dunes' furry mammals in this fun interactive program. Meet at the Nature Center.

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High Tech Scavenger Hunt, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Wednesday, July 25
10-11am (CT)

Join in a scavenger hunt with a techno-twist. You will learn all about the hobby of geocaching. Prizes for the kids. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Wetland Wonders, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Wednesday, July 25
3-4pm (CT)

See up-close what small plants and animals call our park's wetlands home. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Scatology 101, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Thursday, July 26
3-4pm (CT)

Get the scoop on poop in this program where your poo IQ will be tested in a fun game. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Friday, July 27
8:30-9:45pm (CT)

Come along with Naturalists and volunteers for this special full-moon hike to Lake Michigan and back. Stories about our moon and up-close views will be shared. Some "stellar" treats will also be served thanks to the Friends of the Indiana Dunes. Meet at the Campground Shelter next to Campsite #113.

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Nature's Camo Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Friday, July 27
3-4pm (CT)

Do you think you can blend into our dunes' habitats? Join this hike to learn about camouflage. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Dunes Creek Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, July 28
10-11am (CT)

Explore the life in this amazing creek that flows through the dunes and hear its story. Meet at the Campground Shelter located near campsite #113.

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Critter Dinner, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, July 28
3-4pm (CT)

Stop in to see our Nature Center's reptiles and amphibians eat their live meals.

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Sensational Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, July 28
8:30-9:30pm (CT)

Awaken your 5 senses in fun, hands-on activities that will help you to survive as nocturnal animals! Meet at the Nature Center.

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Savanna Saunter, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Sunday, July 29
10-11am (CT)

Join the Naturalist for this fun hike exploring the special Oak Savanna habitats of the dunes. Meet at the Nature Center.

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High Dunes Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Monday, July 30
10-11am (CT)

Strap on your hiking shoes and join a Naturalist to not only see the beautiful views but learn more about both the natural and cultural history of the Indiana Dunes. Meet the Naturalist at the Nature Center.

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Spider Show N' Tell, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Tuesday, July 31
3-4pm (CT)

Learn more about some fascinating arachnids who call the Dunes home. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Shipwreck Stories, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Wednesday, August 01
3-4pm (CT)

Set anchor in the Nature Center Auditorium for this interactive program looking at the special shipwrecks and their stories on Lake Michigan.

Critter Dinner, Indiana Dunes State Park has been added to your travel planner!
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Critter Dinner, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Wednesday, August 01
10-11am (CT)

Stop in to see our Nature Center's reptiles and amphibians eat their live meals.

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Marsh Madness, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Thursday, August 02
10-11am (CT)

In this fun exploratory hike, discover what animals call the unique marsh habitats home. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Goldfinch Banding Demonstrations, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Friday, August 03
10-11am (CT)

Explore the forest's flying gold this morning as we bring you up close and personal with our amazing goldfinches of the dunes through this special bird banding demonstration at the Nature Center. This program is being provided thanks to the Indiana Audubon Society. Meet at the Nature Center.

From the Dunes With Love, Indiana Dunes State Park has been added to your travel planner!
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From the Dunes With Love, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Friday, August 03
3-3:30pm (CT)

Make and take your own postcards today at the Nature Center. Meet at the Nature Center.