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Indiana Dunes Events

Every season at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the State Park is full of events. From Maple Sugar Time to tours of the old Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm to guided hikes, you'll find a variety of events going on at the Indiana Dunes.

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Beginning Birding

June 17, 2017 to August 26, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: The Great Marsh Trail
  • Broadway Street
  • Beverly Shores, IN
  • Times: From: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger and fellow birding enthusiasts from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Great Marsh Trail for a morning of birding. No experience required. A spotting scope and binoculars will be provided. The program will start at the southern gravel parking lot followed by a short hike to the Great Marsh observation deck to look for herons, egrets, ducks, and other birds of the marsh. I... More

Canning Demonstration

August 27, 2017

Join staff and the creative Chellberg Farm cooks to learn how to preserve and can the “vegetable garden’s bounty” at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Sunday, August 27. Pickles will be canned from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and tomatoes will be canned from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Be sure to bring the kids at 4:00 pm to help feed the farm animals at Chellberg Farm.The Bailly Homestead/C... More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started June 17, 2017 (Every 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 tradition. Help feed the center's resident turtles or fish or join a ranger for a hike in Miller Woods. More

Pinhook Bog Open House

June 17, 2017 to August 26, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Venue: Pinhook Bog
  • 700 N. Wozniak Rd
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: From: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882

Take a self-guided hike into the amazing Pinhook Bog every Saturday afternoon in summer, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Rangers and volunteers stationed along the trail will help you understand this unique remnant of the last ice age that is filled with carnivorous plants, orchids, and many other interesting plants. Please allow about one hour to ... More

Miller Woods Hike

June 18, 2017 to August 20, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join a park ranger for a hike through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s beautiful Miller Woods Sundays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Meet the ranger at the Paul H. Douglas Center and then enjoy a hike through this spectacular black oak savanna. This same hike will be offered every Sunday afternoon through August 20, 2017. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is lo... More

Nature Tots

Started July 12, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Wednesday)

Parents and toddlers are invited to participate in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's new Nature Tot's program at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Nature Tots, aged 2-4, will learn about nature through a ranger-led story time, crafts and outdoor play. Parents will enjoy meeting other parents and learning fun ideas for bringing nature into their child's life. Thi... More

Music Heritage Series

Started July 21, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday)

Every 3rd Friday of the month, join the Save the Tunes Council, a local group of musicians devoted to preserving and passing on traditional folk songs. More

Marquette Lagoons Sunset Paddle

August 03, 2017 to August 31, 2017 (Every Thursday)
  • Venue: Marquette Park
  • 1 North Grand Boulevard
  • Gary, IN
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Phone: (219) 395-1882
  • Website

Bring your kayak or canoe and enjoy a leisurely sunset paddle with a park ranger every Thursday evening in August from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Marquette Lagoons. This easy sunset adventure includes a visit to a lodge of one of our busiest animals, the American beaver. You must bring your own canoe or kayak, life jacket, and paddle. Meet at the M... More

Stargazing at Kemil Beach

August 19, 2017 to December 16, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: Check Website for times
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society to get a closer look at the evening sky over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Weather permitting, see star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, planets, meteors, and learn about constellation lore from the darkest site in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Held on the third Saturday of every month from Jan. to Dec. (except March and ... More

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