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Snowshoeing in the Indiana Dunes National Park

Once the Indiana Dunes area is blanketed in a few inches of snow, you'll start to see people traversing the parks' trails on snowshoes. I've lived near the Indiana Dunes nearly all my life, but I've never even tried on a pair of snowshoes. Now that I'm working for the Indiana Dunes, I figured it was…

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Dunes 101: Where to hike at the Indiana Dunes

Dunes 101: Where to hike at the Indiana Dunes [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i0AnhAXH5c[/embed] There's no better way to get up close with nature in the Indiana Dunes area than exploring the more than 70 miles of trails that wind through the National and State Park. There are a wide variety…

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Chatty Little Grasshopper Sparrows

Nature isn’t always what it seems —a chatty little grasshopper sparrow taught me that. For the first ten or so years that I worked at the Kankakee Sands Nursery, I was always looking down, either at the native plants that I was planting into the soil or at the seeds that I was harvesting for our…

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Accessible Adventures in the Indiana Dunes

Accessible Adventures in the Indiana Dunes Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you're looking to hike, bird, paddle, or just wander and take in the scenery, the Indiana Dunes area has many accessible adventures to offer. Here are some popular outdoor places and…

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Paul's Adventures in the Indiana Dunes

Hike, bike, paddle, bird, and fish at the Indiana Dunes! Local adventurer Paul Osborn can show you some of the many adventures just waiting to be discovered. Paul starts his adventure at the Visitor Center, the crossroads of Indiana Dunes Country. You can rent a bike right here in the parking lot…

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Indiana Dunes and Local Parks

We know; most visitors come to the Indiana Dunes for the big parks. And it's true that the Indiana Dunes State Park and the Indiana Dunes National Park are fantastic. But did you know that beyond the beaches lie some amazing local parks that have plenty of opportunities for adventure? Sunset Hill…

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The Bison are Coming! The Bison are Coming!

When the bison arrive at Kankakee Sands, I don’t know what I’ll do first. Jump for joy, grab a camera and start photographing, or just sit down and watch. Bison are due to arrive at Kankakee Sands this fall. A small herd of 25 will be making the journey from a Nature Conservancy preserve in South…

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A Beginner Goes to Bird Fest

This week begins my second month at Indiana Dunes Tourism. As the new kid, I look for ways to learn more about the dunes area. I approached my boss with the idea of actually attending the annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, rather than just setting up a welcome table. “Go for it! I think you’ll…

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