Earth Day in Indiana Dunes Country

Indiana Dunes State Park

Check out these great ways to love the Earth this weekend!

Saturday, April 21

Porter County Expo Center – “It Means the World”
Learn more about the planet and your impact on it at the annual Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration.This family-friendly, one day event features entertainment, organizations and vendors that will educate and delight attendees who want to learn more about the planet and your impact on it at the annual Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration.

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education “Healthy Parks,
Healthy Homes, and Healthy People”

From 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., explore Miller Woods with a park ranger; participate in activity booths hosted by local nature and civic organizations; read about nature with the Gary Public Library, explore Green Urbanism, join a seminar on healthy homes by the Gary CARE Partnership, find out more about aquaponic and other urban farming techniques, and enjoy the Borderbends Art Collective’s celebration of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring accompanied by the Chicago Phonography Ensemble. This is a great chance for kids to become Junior National Park Rangers by completing a Green Gary workbook.

Visitor Center/Heron Rookery – “Attacking the Invasives”
Volunteer with others from 9:00 a.m. to noon to remove non-native multi-flora rose plants that are crowding out the beautiful native wildflowers of this region. Meet the ranger at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and carpool to the work site. Protective gloves and equipment will be provided. Following the work, join the ranger for a leisurely spring wildflower walk on the rookery trail at 1:00 pm.

Westchester Public Library – “Friends of the Library Sale”

Pick up some great recycled books at the annual spring book sale Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. A large selection of hardcover books will be sold for $1 each and paperback books for $.50 each. No electronic scanners will be allowed. On Sunday, all items will be sold for $3 a bag. Prices for newer and special books will be individually marked.

Sunday, April 22

Indiana Dunes State Park
Spring means frogs, toads, and salamanders for the dune swamps and wetlands. Join Becky for an investigative stroll through the dune forests as we log roll our way in search of various amphibians that call the dunes home. Meet at the nature center at 10 a.m.

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