Backpacks for Naturalists

Backpacks for Naturalists

The Indiana Dunes is one of the most biodiverse parks in the U.S., and the Backpacks for Naturalists program offers free explorer backpacks for daily use. Each backpack contains binoculars, field guides, activity ideas, and other useful items for your adventure.

Visit any of the locations below for a backpack. Just leave your name and contact information.

Find a Backpack at One of These Locations:

Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Start your trip at the Visitor Center and chat with our destination ambassadors. From activities and attractions to dining and shopping, they’ll help you curate the perfect vacation itinerary.

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Explore the Dunes Your Way

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We’re grateful for the opportunity to bring the Backpacks for Naturalists program to you. We’d especially like to thank Friends of Indiana Dunes for their support.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore all the Indiana Dunes area has to offer.

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