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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:

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Animal Search Party

Date: Sunday, December 16
10am (CT)

Meet the Naturalist at the Nature Center for an easy 1-hour walk to look for animal signs and activity in the forest and marsh.

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Fur-tastic Show' N' Tell

Date: Sunday, December 16
2-4pm (CT)

Stop in the Nature Center any time for a fun look at some mammals of the dunes. See them up-close and learn more about their special fur adaptations.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 dune.

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The J.D. Marshall Shipwreck

Date: Saturday, December 29
2pm (CT)

Set anchor at the Nature Center for this program looking at one of the special shipwreck stories on Lake Michigan.

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Breakfast with Birds

Date: Sunday, December 30
10am (CT)

Join the Naturalists at the Nature Center for this special treat of coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts and then seeds for the birds!

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Reptile Rendezvous

Date: Sunday, December 30
2pm (CT)

See the live turtles and snakes up-close in this fun program where you learn what the park's reptiles are doing to survive the cold winter months. Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center.

Dunes Fall Photography Talk - Indiana Dunes State Park has been added to your travel planner!
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Dunes Fall Photography Talk - Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Thursday, October 10
2-3pm (CT)

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.