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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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Mount Baldy Guided Hike

June 11, 2017 to June 25, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a hike to the top of famous Mount Baldy. Even though the area is closed for general public access, this ranger-led tour allows visitors to experience the beauty and spectacular views from the tallest dune in the national lakeshore. The hikes start at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, which is located at 1215 North State Road... More

Beginning Birding

June 17, 2017 to June 24, 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 every Saturday morning in June for a Beginning Birding program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This leisurely hike will be offered from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the national lakeshore’s Great Marsh Trail. No birding experience is required. A spotting scope and binoculars will be provided. The program will start at the southern gra... More

Beach Fun Fridays

June 23, 2017 to August 11, 2017 (Every Friday)
  • Venue: West Beach
  • 376 North County Line Road
  • Gary, IN 46303
  • Times: 2:00 PM to about 30 minutes past sunset
  • Admission: $6 per car parking fee until 7:00 pm
  • Website

Make it a beach day! Join rangers every Friday this summer from 2:00 pm to about 30 minutes past sunset at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach. Activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, a sunset hike, and a beach campfire. Try out a kayak or paddleboard starting at 2:00 pm. All equipment is provided for free. A one-hour sunset hike on the Dune Succession... More

Midsummer Celebration at Chellberg Farm

June 24, 2017

Celebrate summer on Saturday, June 24 with a traditional Midsummer Celebration from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm. Take part in an afternoon of traditional dance, children’s activities and other summer fun as you learn how the area’s Swedish immigrants celebrated Midsummer, the longest day of the year. A highlight of the eve... More

Octave Chanute Talk

June 25, 2017

Enjoy a fascinating talk and hike about the pioneering aviator Octave Chanute at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center on Sunday, June 25, from 12:45 pm to 3:45 pm. Join Octave Chanute expert Simine Short as she takes you on a journey showing photos taken 121 years ago of the glider flying experiments in the dunes along Lake Michigan, an area that is now the... More

Fireworks on the Lakefront

June 29, 2017

Gather on the beach for an evening of fireworks and music!  Parking will likely be restricted, so be prepared to arrive early for a good seat.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to lie on, and a flashlight for the walk back to the car. Campers advised to walk from the campgrounds via the Beach Trail.  Shuttle service from town being provided by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce.  More

20th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

July 15, 2017

Join us for this 20th annual event and enter to win or just watch for fun! This year's theme is "Indiana." Registration table opens by 9am, but groups may begin as early as 7am. Judging starts after 11:30am, with awards after 12:30pm. Whether building or not, come vote for your favorite in the "People's Choice Award." See the Nature Center for more information and specific rule... More

On-Going Events

Mount Baldy Guided Hike

June 04, 2017 to September 10, 2017 (Every Sunday)

*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

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 June 24, 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 June, 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 wa... More

Miller Woods Hike

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

oin a ranger for a hike through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s beautiful Miller Woods every Sunday in June at 1:30 pm. The hike starts at the national lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center and travels though varied habitats including rare and beautiful black oak savanna and offers incredible views of Lake Michigan and Chicago. The hike will be offered every Sunday through Augu... 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

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