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Discovery Trail

Waking at Cowles Bog

For runners, Cowles Bog, easily one of the most technically challenging in the region, in addition to being easy on the eyes, is an immeasurable…

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Eat & Drink

Locals Love: Best Places for Fall Foods

Once the temperatures drop and the leaves turn warm hues of red, orange, and yellow, many people start thinking about one thing—fall flavors! Our…

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Communities

Five Things to Do This November in the Indiana Dunes

November is a wonderful time to visit the Indiana Dunes. The temperatures are mild, the leaves are starting to fall, and the holiday season is just…

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Best Of Lists

Top Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Indiana Dunes

Each fall, the trees in the Indiana Dunes area explode with vibrant autumn colors. Here are five places with amazing autumn views.

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Plants and Wildlife

If Monarch Wings Could Talk

The state of a monarch’s wings in the fall tells us a lot about what is in store for that particular butterfly in the months ahead. 

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Plants and Wildlife

Nature Notes: Stem Research

But the great thing is that sometimes we learn more when we don’t know what a plant or animal is named. It causes us to look deeper and harder at…

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Plants and Wildlife

Hoary Vervain: A Crowd Pleasing Wildflower

Hoary vervain grows in dry, sandy, or gravely soils in oak savannas and in prairies. This wildflower has a particular fondness for growing along…

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Beaches

Dunes 101: How to Stay Safe in the Dunes

Check out these safety tips and guidelines about how to be a responsible visitor when enjoying the Indiana Dunes.

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Beaches

Dunes 101: Where are the Indiana Dunes beaches?

The Indiana Dunes beaches get a lot of attention—and for good reason! Visiting an Indiana Dunes beach is a no-brainer, but which beach should you…

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Dunes 101

Dunes 101: Where to hike at the Indiana Dunes

Get up close with nature by exploring the more than 70 miles of trails that wind through the Indiana Dunes National and State Park.

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Hiking

Diana of the Dunes Dare Field Trip

The epic dunes, gorgeous Lake Michigan sunsets and wooded trails offer unlimited opportunities to take photographs on the Diana of the Dunes Dare.

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Dunes 101

Dunes 101: Interesting Facts About the Indiana Dunes

There's more to the Indiana Dunes than warm sand, blue water, and miles of hiking trails. Its environment, ecology, and history are really what make…

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Dunes 101 Series

Join Ranger Matt in our Dunes 101 Series to explore everything you need to know about the Indiana Dunes, including how to make the most out of your beach experience, where to camp, and the perfect hiking trail for your skill level.

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Dunes 101: Hiking

Where to Hike in the Indiana Dunes

Dunes 101: Beach Experience

Where Are the Indiana Dunes Beaches?

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