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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

Mount Baldy Sunset Hike

May 26, 2017

*Must preregister to attend. While Mount Baldy remains closed to unrestricted public access, you can join a ranger for a special guided hike along a trail on the western edge of the dune that has been found to be free of holes. This program will begin at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and you will follow the ranger to Mount Baldy, no exceptions. You also must make a reservati... More

Pinhook Bog Open House

May 27, 2017
  • Venue: Pinhook Bog
  • 700 N. Wozniak Rd
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 12pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

You can tour the bog on your own and you can talk to rangers stationed along the trail who will help you understand this unique place filled with carnivorous plants. Please arrive by 2:00 pm to allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. More

Bailly Cemetery Hike

May 28, 2017

Meet in the parking lot to enjoy a fun hike to the Bailly Cemetery every Sunday at 12:00 pm and then explore the interiors of both historic homes from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (optional). Learn about early settlers and farmers who came to this region in the 1800s. Cemetery Hike: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Chellberg/Bailly parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Hi... More

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open House

May 28, 2017

Join rangers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for an afternoon exploring two of our historic homesteads on Sunday, May 28, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Meet at 12:00 pm in the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot for an informative 90-minute hike to the Bailly Cemetery. Upon returning, explore the interiors of the Chellberg Farmhouse and the historic Bailly Homestead from 1:30 pm - 4:0... More

Get Outdoors Day

June 10, 2017

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at Dunes Learning Center’s Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campus on Saturday, June 10 with a day of family fun! Learn about the secret life of the Little Calumet River, get up close with nature or enjoy a quiet moment under the trees. Themed hikes, science games, camp crafts, live music and a picnic lunch on the lawn—it’s all free with your... More

On-Going Events

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

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

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started May 06, 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

Music Heritage Series

Started May 19, 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

Mount Baldy Guided Hike

June 09, 2017 to September 08, 2017 (Every Friday)

*Must preregister to attend. While Mount Baldy remains closed to unrestricted public access, you can join a ranger for a special guided hike along a trail on the western edge of the dune that has been found to be free of holes. You must make a reservation for this program that is being held on Sunday Mornings Starting June 4 and ending September 10 from 10:00 - 11:30 am.This pr... More

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