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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:

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Batty for Bats

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
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Meet in the Nature Center to discover some fascinating facts about our only flying mammal.

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Hay Rides

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
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Come along for a fun hayride to the beach and back beginning at the Campground gate! Tickets are $2/person (under 3 free) and can be purchased t the Campground Gate starting at 9 am. The Hayrides start times: 5:30, 6 6:30 and 7 pm.

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Owl Prowl, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
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For a hootin' good time at the Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival join the naturalist at the Nature Center for an easy walk where we try to call in some native owls of the dunes.

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Boo-tiful Birds

Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019
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Join the Naturalists in the Nature Center's bird feeding observation room to learn more about the visitors to our bird feeders. help fill the feeders!

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Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, February 08, 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: 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 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: 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 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: Saturday, October 31, 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.