Home of the Paul H. Douglas Center
The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is named for the United States Senator from Illinois who first introduced legislation naming the Indiana Dunes a national park in 1958. First designated a national lakeshore in 1966, the Indiana Dunes formally became a national park in 2019. The center named in Senator Douglas’s honor hosts thousands of students, teachers, and families each year.
Volunteer By Taking Photos
Through a unique project called Chronolog, visitors can help in this important task. All they need do is stop at the Chronolog photo station on the trail, snap a quick picture, and email it to the National Park Service. The park uses these photographs to create a time-lapse record of changes in Miller Woods. As the years pass, this record will be invaluable in evaluating the efforts to restore this fragile environment.
What to Expect
The parking lot for Miller Woods is across the street from the Paul H. Douglas Center. After parking in the lot, be sure to look for the marked crosswalk before attempting to cross the road.
Visitors must stay on designated trails at all times. We have created a video to help you learn about your role in enjoying the dunes area safely while minimizing your impact on the park.
How to Help
Miller Woods is a rare and fragile ecosystem, and we are all responsible for protecting it for future generations. The Indiana Dunes, as a whole, is one of the most biodiverse areas in the United States. Here are some tips to help you limit your impact on the natural habitats in the dunes area.
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