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Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center


1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304


Phone: (219) 926-1390


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.


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