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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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Dunes 101

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?

Insider tips on how to make the most of your beach experience in the Indiana Dunes area.

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Dunes 101

Dunes 101: Where to hike at the Indiana Dunes

Explore the more than 70 miles of trails that wind through the Indiana Dunes National Park 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: Did you know?

Ranger Matt shares some fun facts about dunes environment, ecology, and history.

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Birding

Chatty Little Grasshopper Sparrows

Alyssa Nyberg learned that nature isn’t always what it seems 

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Dunes 101: Where to Camp in the Indiana Dunes

Ranger Matt explains how to camp in the Indiana Dunes National and State Parks. There's no better way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the…

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Visitor Center

Dunes 101: What are the Indiana Dunes?

Two park systems make up the Indiana Dunes: the National Park and State Park. Both have unique features that will keep you exploring for days!

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Wildlife

Skunk Cabbage: The Smell of Spring

After a long gray Indiana winter, it’s a real joy to smell skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), one of Indiana’s native, fascinating flowers.

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Wildlife

Monarchs in the Indiana Dunes

They are fragile, face many threats, and yet are so resilient. During their epic migration, monarchs fly further than any insect on earth.

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Visitor Center

We’re Looking For Volunteers!

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is looking for volunteers to help visitors learn about the Indiana Dunes and attractions, dining, and shopping in…

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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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