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Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

  • 7-85 N Lake St
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Region: Gary
  • Phone: (219) 769-3820
  • Website
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Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Lake County Solid Waste Management Districat and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are teaming up to offer fun-filled days year round. Enjoy award-winning environmental education programs or hike through the unique ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing available in January and February. Like all Lake County Solid Waste Management District activities, programs at the Douglas Center emphasize learning by doing, interaction, and utilize problem-solving skills. Here you can hike the Miller Woods Trail.

Hours:
Open daily, 9 am- 5 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Winter hours, 9 am - 4 pm Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays)
Miller Woods Trail opens daily at 7 am and closes 30 minutes past sunset. Park in the west or gravel parking lot if you plan to be on the trail before the Douglas Center opens or closes. The paved parking lot hours are the same as the Douglas Center.

Directions:
1. Starting at Highways 80/94, go north on IN-51/Ripley Street for 1 mile
2. Turn left (west) on Melton Road/US-20, go 1 3/10 mile
3. Turn right (north) on Lake Street, go 6/10 mile
4. Turn right into parking lot (after first underpass)

Artful Landscapes of Miller Woods

  • June 20, 2015 - August 15, 2015
  • Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
  • Address: 7-85 N Lake St, Gary, IN 46403
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday

Create a drawing of Miller Woods in mixed media on paper with a ranger and learn about the artists inspired by the dunes in Indiana Dunes National Lak... View Details

Fort Building Contest

  • August 02, 2015 - September 06, 2015
  • Address: 7-85 N Lake St, Gary, IN 46403
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday

Form a family or small group team and test your architecture skills in the Nature Play Zone in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Fun prizes for di... View Details

Insects of the Dunes

  • October 31, 2015
  • Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
  • Address: 7-85 N Lake St, Gary, IN 46403

Learn the importance of the most numerous animals on earth as you join Chicago Field Museum expert Jim Louderman from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. He will show... View Details

Rare Moon Hikes

  • August 29, 2015
  • Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
  • Address: 7-85 N Lake St, Gary, IN 46403

Enjoy 2.5 mile evening hikes with a ranger under the rare "Blue Moon" on July 31 and the "Sturgeon Moon" on August 29. These progr... View Details

Family Day at the Douglas Center

  • June 06, 2015
  • Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
  • Address: 7-85 N Lake St, Gary, IN 46403
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end visitor center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the t... View Details

Miller Woods Hike

  • May 24, 2015 - August 23, 2015
  • Address: 7-85 N Lake St, Gary, IN 46403
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday

Take an afternoon ranger-led stroll through Miller Woods. The length of this hike can vary from one-half mile to three miles (if we hike all the way ... View Details

Nature Tots

  • June 11, 2015
  • Location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
  • Address: 7-85 N Lake St, Gary, IN 46403
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 11th

Parents and toddlers are invited to participate in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's new Nature Tot's program at the Douglas Center for Environmental... View Details

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