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Can You Handle The 3 Dune Challenge?

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you have what it takes to climb the three highest sand dunes in Indiana? If so, The 3 Dune Challenge is for you. To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must run or hike a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount Jackson…

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Dunes 101: What are the Indiana Dunes?

What are the Indiana Dunes? Two park systems make up the Indiana Dunes. The Indiana Dunes State Park spreads over 2,000 acres and is operated by the state of Indiana. The Indiana Dunes National Park is located on both the east and west sides of the state park and is operated by the federal…

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Dunes 101: How to Stay Safe in the Dunes

The Indiana Dunes area offers a variety of outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, camping, paddling, bicycling, wandering, and more. To make sure you have the most fun possible while visiting, be sure to watch this video full of safety tips and guidelines about how to be a responsible visitor…

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American Bittern: Thunder Pumper of the Wetlands

On this chilly May morning, I’m bundling up for a pre-dawn excursion. With binoculars round my neck and bird book in hand, I meet up with other Kankakee Sands staff and volunteers for our annual Kankakee Sands Bird Survey in the bison pasture. We are looking and listening for all the birds that…

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Indiana's Springtime Wetlands

There’s something about having your feet in water that is a thrill. As a kid, I jumped and splashed in puddles and ponds just to see how big an impact I could have. Now, as an adult, I enjoy watching kids jump and splash, but my way is different now… I prefer to walk slowly through the water…

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Main Streets TV visits the Indiana Dunes

Main Streets TV visits the Indiana Dunes The Indiana Dunes is now a television star! John McGivern's Main Streets visited the Indiana Dunes to film an episode of their travel show about the main streets of Midwestern communities. John McGivern talked to locals, business owners, park rangers, and…

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Chorus Frogs Calling at Kankakee Sands

While the March prairies are still sleeping and the woodlands are just beginning to break bud, our Indiana wetlands are waking up. Wetlands are critical habitat for so many plant and animal species. One of our first Indiana wetland residents to begin filling the spring air with its call is the…

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Shucks, No Shrikes

Well, shucks, try as I might, I have not yet been successful in seeing a northern shrike at Kankakee Sands. Even though more than 450 beautiful bird species have been documented in Indiana over the years, this winter, I had my sights set on just one—the clever northern shrike. Classified as a…

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