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Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center


1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304


Phone: (219) 926-1390


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.


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