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Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

Address

100 N. Lake St., Gary, IN 46403

Contact

Phone: (219) 395-1882

About

The Douglas Center is located within Indiana Dunes National Park and operates as the park's western visitor center as well as the site of field trips. Douglas Center is open year round and provides visitors with all kinds of information and activities to help them learn about and appreciate the national lakeshore. It hosts exhibits, classrooms, and provides access to the 2.5 mile Miller Woods Trail which extends all the way out to Lake Michigan.

Events:

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Douglas Center Open House at National Park

Dates: January 05 - December 28, 2019
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Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end visitor center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the tradition. Help feed the center's resident turtles or fish, or join a ranger for a hike in Miller Woods.

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Nocturnal Adventure

Date: Wednesday, July 17
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Take a self-guided moonlit hike through the beautiful Miller Woods' oak savannas and massive sand dunes out to Lake Michigan. Hike at your pace with rangers along the trail to guide you.

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National Nature Playdate

Date: Saturday, July 20
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Kids of all ages are invited to spend a couple of hours having fun in nature. Join a ranger and explore Miller Woods, build a fort, climb a tree, create awesome nature art, and so much more.

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B.A.R.K. Ranger Hike

Date: Saturday, July 27
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Bring your dog along on this pet-friendly BARK Ranger hike. Visitors will earn about this new program and receive a free BARK Ranger dog tag.

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Wonders of Wildlife - Massasauga Rattlesnakes

Date: Sunday, July 28
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Get in-depth and personal with wildlife in this monthly series. Learn about the massasauga rattlesnake, its lifecycle and habitat. The Massasauga is rarely seen and is an endangered species in Indiana.

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Biking & Birding

Date: Saturday, August 03
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Bring your bike and we will provide the binoculars and take you to some fun spots in Miller to see birds and enjoy a morning bike ride. Get your exercise and learn some basic birding techniques.

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Gardening for the Monarch Program

Date: Sunday, August 04
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Learn the best butterfly attracting plants and h9ow to plan your garden to provide food, cover, and host plants for caterpillars.

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Drop-in Volunteering - Miller Woods

Date: Saturday, August 10
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Join the staff and fellow volunteers in helping to care for your local national park. Wear comfortable clothes; Work gloves and equipment will be provided.

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National Park Service 103rd Birthday Celebration

Date: Saturday, August 24
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Celebrate the 103rd birthday of the National Park Service! Take a part in a short play about the earliest days of the National Park Service and relax during a musical NPS slide tour. Best al all, cake will be served!

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Wonders of Wildlife - Monarchs

Date: Sunday, August 25
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Get in-depth and personal with wildlife in this monthly series. Go outside looking for monarchs and have fun learning about their life cycles. learn what you can do to help this struggling butterfly.

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Playdate in the Nature Play Zone

Date: Saturday, September 07
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Kids of all ages are invited to spend a couple of hours having fun in nature. Join a ranger and explore Miller Woods, build a fort, climb a tree, create awesome nature art, and so much more.

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Biking & Birding

Date: Saturday, September 07
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Bring your bike and we will provide the binoculars and take you to some fun spots in Miller to see birds and enjoy a morning bike ride. Get your exercise and learn some basic birding techniques.

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Playdate in the Nature Play Zone

Date: Saturday, September 21
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Kids of all ages are invited to spend a couple of hours having fun in nature. Join a ranger and explore Miller Woods, build a fort, climb a tree, create awesome nature art, and so much more.

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Biking & Birding

Date: Saturday, October 05
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Bring your bike and we will provide the binoculars and take you to some fun spots in Miller to see birds and enjoy a morning bike ride. Get your exercise and learn some basic birding techniques.

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Playdate in the Nature Play Zone

Date: Saturday, November 16
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Kids of all ages are invited to spend a couple of hours having fun in nature. Join a ranger and explore Miller Woods, build a fort, climb a tree, create awesome nature art, and so much more.