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Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Address

1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304

Contact

Phone: (219) 926-2255

Fax: (219) 929-5395

About

Want to create a personalized tour of Indiana Dunes Country? Just stop by the Visitor Center. Our front desk destination concierges are knowledgeable and can handpick the perfect attractions and activities for you. If you happen to drop by after hours, the brochure-stocked vestibule is open around the clock. You can also walk through our ever-changing exhibit room, learn about the history and ecology of the Dunes at our in-house movie theatre and pick out educational mementos in our gift shop. Don't miss... taking a walk around our building and learning about its eco-friendly architecture. Go to each station to learn about rain gardens and native landscaping, and get ideas of environmentally friendly things you can do at home. Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day): 8am–6pm Winter Hours (September through May): 8:30am–4:30pm Vestibule Hours: Year-round, 24 hours a day Address: 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304 Phone: 800-283-8687 Web: indianadunes.com Admission: Free

Events:

Science in the National Lakeshore has been added to your travel planner!
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Science in the National Lakeshore

Date: Saturday, December 22
2-4pm (CT)

Meet local experts and scientists who are conducting reserarch in the national park. Examine the knowledge gained by researchers during a presentation on their work and a short hike afterward.

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Movie Screening - Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Date: Sunday, January 06
2-3pm (CT)

Join a ranger in the Visitor Center's theatre for a screening of a national park or outdoor-related documentary.

Winterfest - Indiana Dunes Visitor Center has been added to your travel planner!
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Winterfest - Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Date: Saturday, January 12
10am-3pm (CT)

Celebrate the season when you don't have to worry about mosquitoes! Join park staff and partners for a variety of hikes, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more. Fun will be had by all with or without snow. Check the park's website and Facebook for more details.

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Art in the National Lakeshore

Date: Saturday, January 12
2-4pm (CT)

Meet local artists who use the dunes as inspiration to create their art. Learn how they photograph, paint, draw, and write. Programs may be inside or outside. 

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Movie Screening - Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Date: Sunday, January 13
2-3pm (CT)

Join a ranger in the Visitor Center's theatre for a screening of a national park or outdoor-related documentary.

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Shuttle Bus Tours

Date: Sunday, January 20
1-3pm (CT)

Join a ranger for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park's heated, 15-passenger shuttle buses. This is a great way to see the park's amazing winter landscapes without getting cold. The tours meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. After a brief introduction, participants will board a bus. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Call 219-395-1882.

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Science in the National Lakeshore

Date: Saturday, January 26
2-4pm (CT)

Brad Bumgardner, birding. Meet local experts and scientists who are conducting reserarch in the national park. Examine the knowledge gained by researchers during a presentation on their work and a short hike afterward.

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Snowshoe Hike

Date: Sunday, January 27
1-3pm (CT)

Meet a ranger at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center for a quick lesson on using snowshoes and then take a guided snowshoe walk to enjoy the beauty of winter. A limited number of snowshoes are available to loan or you can bring your own. If there is not enough snow, a nature hike will be offered instead.

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Movie Screening - Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Date: Sunday, January 27
2-3pm (CT)

Join a ranger in the Visitor Center's theatre for a screening of a national park or outdoor-related documentary.

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Cabin Fever Festival/Groundhog Day

Date: Saturday, February 02
9-3:30pm (CT)

Tired of winter and hoping that the Groundhog doesn't see his shadow? Then get out of the house and enjoy a day of fun (and mostly) indoor activities at both the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and Paul H. Douglas Center. There will be a ton of fun activities for young and old along with free movies and music through out the day. If you haven't got enough of winter yet, then join a ranger for an outdoor adventure hike or borrow some snowshoes or skis and explore Miller Woods on your own. For a detailed schedule go to nps.gov/indu or call the informaiton desk at 219-395-1882.

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Shuttle Bus Tours

Date: Saturday, February 02
1-3pm (CT)

Join a ranger for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park's heated, 15-passenger shuttle buses. This is a great way to see the park's amazing winter landscapes without getting cold. The tours meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. After a brief introduction, participants will board a bus. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Call 219-395-1882.

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Movie Screening - Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Dates: February 03 - February 24, 2019
2-3pm (CT)

Join a ranger in the Visitor Center's theatre for a screening of a national park or outdoor-related documentary. Held every Sunday in February.

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Art in the National Lakeshore

Date: Saturday, February 09
2-4pm (CT)

Meet local artists who use the dunes as inspiration to create their art. Learn how they photograph, paint, draw, and write. Programs may be inside or outside. 

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Snowshoe Hike

Date: Sunday, February 10
1-3pm (CT)

Meet a ranger at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center for a quick lesson on using snowshoes and then take a guided snowshoe walk to enjoy the beauty of winter. A limited number of snowshoes are available to loan or you can bring your own. If there is not enough snow, a nature hike will be offered instead.

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Snowshoe Hike

Date: Sunday, February 17
8:30-9:30am (CT)

Meet a ranger at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center for a quick lesson on using snowshoes and then take a guided snowshoe walk to enjoy the beauty of winter. A limited number of snowshoes are available to loan or you can bring your own. If there is not enough snow, a nature hike will be offered instead.

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Science in the National Lakeshore - Maple Sugar Research

Date: Saturday, February 23
2-4pm (CT)

Learn about the lakeshore's involvement with a national research study that looks at climate and its effect on the culture and ecology of sugar maple trees. Following a short indoor presentation, you'll drive to the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot and walk to the site of the sugar bush were the research is taking place. Participants should wear boots and should dress for the weather. If the sap is flowing, visitors will be encouraged to try their hands at data collection.

Migration Birding Hike with the Indiana Audubon Society has been added to your travel planner!
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Migration Birding Hike with the Indiana Audubon Society

Date: Saturday, March 09
8-10am (CT)

Join birding expert and Indiana Audubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner for his migration birding series. Meet at the Visitor Center and carpool to the birding spot of the month. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

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Art in the National Lakeshore

Date: Saturday, March 09
2-4pm (CT)

Meet local artists who use the dunes as inspiration to create their art. Learn how they photograph, paint, draw, and write. Programs may be inside or outside. 

Science in the National Lakeshore has been added to your travel planner!
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Science in the National Lakeshore

Date: Saturday, March 23
2-4pm (CT)

Gia Wagner-Savannas. Meet local experts and scientists who are conducting research in the national park. Examine the knowledge gained by researchers during a presentation on their work and a short hike afterward.

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Shuttle Bus Tours

Date: Sunday, March 24
1:30-3:30pm (CT)

Join a ranger for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park's heated, 15-passenger shuttle buses. This is a great way to see the park's amazing winter landscapes without getting cold. The tours meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. After a brief introduction, participants will board a bus. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Call 219-395-1882.

Native Plant Talk: Nathanael Pilla & Steve Sass has been added to your travel planner!
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Native Plant Talk: Nathanael Pilla & Steve Sass

Date: Saturday, April 06
10-11:30am Saturday; 1-2:30pm Sunday (CT)

Join a regional botanist for a presentation on the Indiana Dunes flora and what we can do to minimize our impact where we live. Come celebrate the bontanical treasures of the Indiana Dunes.

Migration Birding Hike with the Indiana Audubon Society has been added to your travel planner!
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Migration Birding Hike with the Indiana Audubon Society

Date: Saturday, April 13
8-10am (CT)

Join birding expert and Indiana Audoubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner for his migration birding series. Meet at the Visitor Center and car pool to the birding spot of the month. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

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Art in the National Lakeshore

Date: Saturday, April 13
2-4pm (CT)

Edward Burns. Meet local artists who use the dunes as inspiration to create their art. Learn how they photograph, paint, draw and write. Programs may be inside or outside. 

Shuttle Bus Tours has been added to your travel planner!
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Shuttle Bus Tours

Date: Sunday, April 14
1-3pm (CT)

Join a ranger for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park's heated, 15-passenger shuttle buses. This is a great way to see the park's amazing winter landscapes without getting cold. The tours meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. After a brief introduction, participants will board a bus. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Call 219-395-1882.

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Kankakee Sands Bison and Bird Tour

Date: Saturday, April 27
Check Website for times

Kankakee Sands Bison and Bird Tour.

Science in the National Lakeshore has been added to your travel planner!
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Science in the National Lakeshore

Date: Saturday, April 27
2-4pm (CT)

Gia Wagner-Savannas. Meet local experts and scientists who are conducting research in the national park. Examine the knowledge gained by researchers during a presentation on their work and a short hike afterward.

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Film Screening: Vietnam Nurses

Date: Sunday, May 05
2-3pm (CT)

Honor the work that nurses do during National Nurses Week. The documentary Vietnam Nurses explores the contribution of nurses in the Vietnam War and the impact it had on their lives.

Migration Birding Hike with the Indiana Audubon Society has been added to your travel planner!
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Migration Birding Hike with the Indiana Audubon Society

Date: Saturday, May 11
8-10am (CT)

Join birding expert and Indiana Audoubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner for his migration birding series. Meet at the Visitor Center and car pool to the birding spot of the month. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Art in the National Lakeshore has been added to your travel planner!
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Art in the National Lakeshore

Date: Saturday, May 11
2-4pm (CT)

Edward Burns. Meet local artists who use the dunes as inspiration to create their art. Learn how they photograph, paint, draw and write. Programs may be inside or outside. 

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Mother's Day Shuttle Bus Tours

Date: Sunday, May 12
1-3pm (CT)

Join a ranger for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park's heated, 15-passenger shuttle buses. This is a great way to see the park's amazing winter landscapes without getting cold. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Call 219-395-1882.

Science in the National Lakeshore has been added to your travel planner!
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Science in the National Lakeshore

Date: Saturday, May 25
2-4pm (CT)

Gia Wagner-Savannas. Meet local experts and scientists who are conducting research in the national park. Examine the knowledge gained by researchers during a presentation on their work and a short hike afterward.

Movie Screening - Indiana Dunes Visitor Center has been added to your travel planner!
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Movie Screening - Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Date: Monday, May 27
2-3pm (CT)

Join a ranger in the Visitor Center's theatre for a screening of a Memorial Day themed documentary.