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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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Special Events

Beginner Bird Drawing & Painting Workshop

November 19, 2017

As part of the 2017 Arts in the Parks series, Indiana Dunes State Park visitors are invited to attend a series of Beginner Bird Drawing and Painting workshops with local bird artist, Kristina Knowski, at the Dunes State Park Nature Center. This 4-hour long workshop will feature hands-on help working from the park's own mounted specimens to draw, learn, and paint some of Indiana... More

Dunes Scavenger Hunt

November 19, 2017

Stop by the Nature Center any time for this fun game. Bring a camera or camera phone to "focus" on capturing images from our list. Prizes awarded! More

Black Friday Opt-Outside Hike

November 24, 2017
  • Venue: West Beach
  • 376 North County Line Road
  • Gary, IN 46303
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Website

Instead of shopping on Black Friday, opt outside for a free, expert-led, family-friendly hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Friday, November 24, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at West Beach. Co-sponsored by Save the Dunes, the interactive hike will be led by regional experts in fields such as birding, botany, insects, geology, and ecology.  We will hike up to 3.5 miles based... More

High Dunes Hike

November 24, 2017

Put on your hiking shoes for this trek to the summit of the state's highest sand dune.  It's a great way to burn off some Thanksgiving meal calories! Meet the Naturalist at the Nature Center. More

Turkey Talk

November 25, 2017

Come and talk (not eat!) turkey at the Nature Center in this fun program where you can practice your turkey vocabulary! More

Turkey Trot Hike

November 25, 2017

Join a ranger on Saturday, November 25 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in search of wild turkey and other wildlife as you work off Thanksgiving dinner at the Calumet Dunes parking lot in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Hike along the ancient Calumet shoreline of Lake Michigan and through forested dunes and small blowouts.  Meet at the Calumet Dunes Trail parking lot located on 300E ... More

Winter Wetland Wander

November 25, 2017
  • Location: Nature Center
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, 46304
  • Times: From: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

Explore with a Naturalist the life in our wetland habitats on this short hike starting at the Nature Center. More

Pinhook Upland Trail Hike

November 26, 2017
  • Venue: Pinhook Bog
  • 920 North Wozniak Road
  • Michigan City , IN 46360
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Website

Join a ranger for a hike on Pinhook Bog’s often overlooked Upland Trail at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from 1pm to 3pm. The hike showcases the bog’s watershed as you hike a ravine, cross a bridge over a secluded pond that feeds the bog, and through stands of towering trees.  Meet at the Pinhook Bog parking lot located at 920 North Wozniak Road in Michigan City. For mo... More

Thanksgiving for the Birds

November 26, 2017

Join the Naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding of the birds. More

Make Your Fishing Tackle Workshop

December 02, 2017

Join a park ranger for a Making Your Fishing Tackle Workshop. A ranger will be available to share some fishing tips with anyone who wants to bring a pole and cast a line.  The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-39... More

Holiday Traditions Program at National Lakeshore

December 09, 2017

Join staff and volunteers as we celebrate “Holiday Traditions in the Dunes.” The program takes place at the Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm and the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the region’s cultural history while enjoying a fun-filled afternoon with family and friends.  Chellberg Farm is located on Mineral Springs Road betwee... More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started October 07, 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

Miller Woods Hike

November 05, 2017 to December 17, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join a park ranger for a hike through the beautiful oak savanna of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Miller Woods each Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm. Hikes will vary in length depending on the interest and abilities of visitors. Meet at the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellent. The Paul H. Douglas Center for En... More

Music Heritage Series

Started November 17, 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

Nature Tots

Started December 13, 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

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