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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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Critter Dinner, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
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Stop in to see our Nature Center's reptiles and amphibians eat their breakfast!

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Morning Bird Walk, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
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Join us at the Nature Center to being an easy stroll looking for different bird species and other wildlife. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours.

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Cocoa & Crafts, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019
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Feeling crafty? Come warm up in the Nature Center auditorium anytime during these hours to make your own ornaments from items in nature!

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Reptile Rendezvous

Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019
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Come to the Nature Center to see the live turtles and snakes up-close in this program where you learn what the park's reptiles are doing to survive the cold winter months. Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center.

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High Dune Hike

Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
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Meet at the Nature Center where a Naturalist will lead you on a fun trek up the state's tallest sand dune.

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Winter Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, February 08, 2020
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Enjoy the beautiful moon with s during this special night program starting at the Nature Center. Naturalists and volunteers will share photos and details about our moon and its phases while "stellar" treats are shared thanks to the friends of Indiana Dunes After learning about out moon, naturalists will lead a night hike to Lake Michigan and back to see the moon rise over the Indiana Dunes Forest and its reflection over lake Michigan. Call the Nature Center at 9219) 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 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.