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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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Backpacking for Fitness

March 25, 2017

Join park ranger Kip Walton and volunteer TJ Caraccii to learn about backpacking for fitness and go for a hike at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.   Learn how to get stronger, burn calories, have a healthier heart, and improve your posture all while exploring the beautiful trails of the national lakeshore. Come learn the basics of backpacking for fitness; a low impact fi... More

Botanical Treasures of the Indiana Dunes

March 26, 2017

Join Nathaneal Pilla, a regional botanist with Save the Dunes, on a historical and botanical journey through the Indiana Dunes flora and what we can do to minimize our impact where we live. Come celebrate the botanical treasures of the Indiana Dunes. Be sure to visit the Friends of Indiana Dunes’ Native Plant Sale, which will be held on Saturday, April 8, also at the Visitor... More

Bird Sounds ID Workshop

April 15, 2017

Learn the ins and outs of bird sounds with park interpreter, Brad Bumgardner, during this 3 hour intensive workshop. He will explore the reasons behind bird sounds, as well as the complexity of it's use in the bird world. The first half will be spent indoors, while the second half will be spent out on the trail at Indiana Dunes State Park. Registration is at Eventbrite. More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started March 04, 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

Nature Tots

Started March 08, 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 March 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

Stargazing at Kemil Beach

April 15, 2017 to June 17, 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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