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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

Indiana Dunes Christmas Bird Count

December 16, 2017
  • Location: Indiana Dunes State Park
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Website

Join the Indiana Dunes State Park for a Christmas bird count. More

Birding with the Indiana Audubon Society

December 23, 2017

Join birding expert and Indiana Audubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner for his monthly birding series. Meet at the Visitor Center and car pool to the birding spot of the month. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.  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 o... More

Christmas Eve Morning Stroll

December 24, 2017

Join guest naturalist Jenna for our traditional Christmas Eve stroll through the dune forests. We'll explore the winter life and beauty of the dunes on this one hour walk, culminating with a warm fire and hot cocoa and other holiday snacks in the Wilson Shelter! Start a new family tradition with us and meet at the Nature Center. More

Christmas Bird Count

December 29, 2017

Join tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas for an adventure. Families, students, amateurs, birders, and scientists alike, arm themselves with binoculars, bird guides, and checklists and go out on an annual mission to count the world’s bird populations.  *This event is free, but requires advance registration to learn more about where and when to conduct your b... 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

Stargazing at Kemil Beach

November 18, 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

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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