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Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Address

1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304

Contact

Phone: (219) 926-2255

Fax: (219) 929-5395

About

Want to create a personalized tour of Indiana Dunes Country? Just stop by the Visitor Center. Our front desk destination concierges are knowledgeable and can handpick the perfect attractions and activities for you. If you happen to drop by after hours, the brochure-stocked vestibule is open around the clock. You can also walk through our ever-changing exhibit room, learn about the history and ecology of the Dunes at our in-house movie theatre and pick out educational mementos in our gift shop. Don't miss... taking a walk around our building and learning about its eco-friendly architecture. Go to each station to learn about rain gardens and native landscaping, and get ideas of environmentally friendly things you can do at home. Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day): 8am–6pm Winter Hours (September through May): 8:30am–4:30pm Vestibule Hours: Year-round, 24 hours a day Address: 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304 Phone: 800-283-8687 Web: indianadunes.com Admission: Free

Events:

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Native Plant Talk: Nathanael Pilla

Date: Saturday, April 04, 2020
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DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS, SOME EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONING. CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Join a regional botanist for a presentation on the Indiana Dunes flora and what we can do to minimize our impact where we live. Come celebrate the botanical treasures of the Indiana Dunes.

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Where to Fish in the National Park

Dates: April 04 - April 05, 2020
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DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS, SOME EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONING. CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Join local fishing experts and parkranger Ryan Koepke to learn some of the best fishing locations in the national park and surrounding area.

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Native Plant Talk: Steve Sass

Date: Sunday, April 05, 2020
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DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS, SOME EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONING. CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Join a regional botanist for a presentation on the Indiana Dunes flora and what we can do to minimize our impact where we live. Come celebrate the botanical treasures of the Indiana Dunes.

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Art in the National Park

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020
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Meet local artists who use the dunes as inspiration to create their art. Learn how they photograph, paint, draw and write. Programs may be inside or outside. Please call 219-395-1882 for more information.

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Music Heritage Series Concert

Date: Friday, April 17, 2020
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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 sing-a-long.

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Migration Birding Hike with the Indiana Audubon Society

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
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Join birding expert and Indiana Audubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner for his migration birding series. Meet at the Visitor Center and carpool to the birding spot of the month. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

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Bus Tour of the National Park

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020
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Join a ranger for a two-hour tour of the Indiana Dunes National Park in one of the park's heated shuttle buses. The tour is free, but reservations are required. Space is limited. Call 219-395-1883 for reservations and to get more information.

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Science in the National Park

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
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Meet local scientists or experts conducting research in the national park. There will be a 45-minute presentation about their research.

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Wildland Firefighters at the Visitor Center

Date: Friday, May 08, 2020
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Meet the Indian Dunes National Park's fire crew and learn about their jobs and equipment.

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Migration Birding Hike with the Indiana Audubon Society

Date: Saturday, May 09, 2020
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Join birding expert and Indiana Audubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner for his migration birding series. Meet at the Visitor Center and carpool to the birding spot of the month. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

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Art in the National Park

Date: Saturday, May 09, 2020
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Meet local artists who use the dunes as inspiration to create their art. Learn how they photograph, paint, draw and write. Programs may be inside or outside. Please call 219-395-1882 for more information.

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Mother's Day Shuttle Bus Tour

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2020
1-3pm (CT)

Join a ranger for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Park in one of the park's shuttle buses. This tour is free, however, reservations are required. Space is limited. Call 219-395-1882 to make reservations and to get more information.

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Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

Dates: May 13 - May 17, 2020
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Join in four days of fantastic birding at Indiana's number one birding attraction. Celebrate the amazing spring migration on Lake Michigan's southern shore with field trips, presentations, live bird programs, young birder activities, and more.

Music Heritage Series Concert has been added to your travel planner!
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Music Heritage Series Concert

Date: Friday, May 15, 2020
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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 Park. Tune up your vocal cords and gather for a sing-a-long.

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Wildland Firefighters at the Visitor Center

Date: Friday, May 22, 2020
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Meet the Indiana Dunes National Park's fire crew and learn about their jobs and equipment.

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Science in the National Park

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2020
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Meet local scientists or experts conducting research in the national park. There will be a 45-minute presentation about their research.

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Movie Screening - Memorial Day Movie, Heroes on Deck

Date: Monday, May 25, 2020
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Join a ranger in the Visitor Center's theatre for a screening of a Memorial Day themed documentary.

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Century of Progress Homes Tour

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020
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Explore five historic houses, originally displayed in the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, that are now located in the Indiana Dunes National Park. Tour the Cypress Log, Florida Tropical, Armco-Ferro, Wieboldt-Rostone houses, and the yet-to-be-restored House of Tomorrow. The two-hour ranger-guided tours begin and end at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. Reservations are required, and there is a fee. Note that these popular tours fill very quickly.Touring the historic houses requires walking and climbing stairs. If you need accommodations, please call Indiana Landmarks' Northern Regional Office at 574-232-4534. Make your reservation online starting August 3 at 8 a.m. (CT), 9 a.m. (ET).