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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 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.

Amenities:

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

Events:

Feed the Birds, Indiana Dunes State Park has been added to your travel planner!
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Feed the Birds, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
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Join the Naturalist at the Nature Center tohelp with their morning chore of filling the bird feeders. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Reptile Rendezvous

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
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See our live turtles and snakes up-close in this fun program where we learn what our park's reptiles are doing to survive the cold winter months. Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center for this program.

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The J.D. Marshall Shipwreck

Date: Sunday, March 01, 2020
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Set anchor at the Nature Center for this program looking at one of the specialshipwreckstories on Lake Michigan.

Winter Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park has been added to your travel planner!
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Winter Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, March 07, 2020
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Join Naturalists and volunteers for this special lunar hike to Lake Michigan and back. You can meet at the Nature Center at 6:30 pm for a short presentation about our moon along with some "stellar" treats. The hike begins at 7:30 pm call the Nature Center at 219-926-1390 for more information or questions.

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Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, March 07, 2020
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Join naturalists and volunteers for this special hike to Lake Michigan and back. Meet at the Nature Center at 7 pm for a presentation about our moon along with come "Stellar" treats. The hike begins at 8 pm.

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Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, April 04, 2020
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Join Naturalist and volunteers for this special hike to Lake Michigan and back. Meet at the Nature Center at 7 pm for a presentation about our moon along with come "Stellar" treats. The hike begins at 8 pm.

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Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Friday, June 05, 2020
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Join naturalists and volunteers for this special hike to Lake Michigan and back. Meet at the Nature Center at 7 pm for a presentation about our moon along with come "Stellar" treats. The hike begins at 8 pm.

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Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, August 01, 2020
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Join naturalists and volunteers for this special hike to Lake Michigan and back. Meet at the Nature Center at 7 pm for a presentation about our moon along with come "Stellar" treats. The hike begins at 8 pm.

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Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Wednesday, September 02, 2020
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Join Naturalist and volunteers for this special hike to Lake Michigan and back. Meet at the Nature Center at 7 pm for a presentation about our moon along with come "Stellar" treats. The hike begins at 8 pm.

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History Comes Alive Weekend

Dates: September 11 - September 13, 2020
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Join in the special activities happening all weekend. There will be a Fur Trader Encampment, Beaver Trading Hike, Shipwreck Stories and much more.

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Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Friday, October 02, 2020
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Join naturalists and volunteers for this special hike to Lake Michigan and back. Meet at the Nature Center at 7 pm for a presentation about our moon along with come "Stellar" treats. The hike begins at 8 pm.

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Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020
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Join naturalists and volunteers for this special hike to Lake Michigan and back. Meet at the Nature Center at 7 pm for a presentation about our moon along with come "Stellar" treats. The hike begins at 8 pm.