Hammond, Ind. (May 21, 2019) – The Indiana Dunes National Park, celebrating its re-designation, will host 61: An Exhibit Celebrating the 61st National Park at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond from May 23 to September 21. The 6,500-sqaure-foot exhibit hall will be transformed to represent the 15,000 acres of diverse landscapes and highlight activities available to those that visit the park system.

The exhibit will feature 12 trail stops: Miller Woods and the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Hobart Prairie Grove and Little Calumet River, West Beach, Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, Cowles Bog, Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm, Glenwood Dunes Trail, Century of Progress Homes, Indiana Dunes State Park, Dunewood Campground, Mount Baldy, and Pinhook Bog. There will be interactive exhibits for children along the trail, selfie stations and a large “sandbox” for building sandcastles.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the 1,100 native plant species, rare and migrating birds, as well as recreational opportunities like camping, hiking, kayaking and cross-country skiing. Interactive activities will also give children a chance to become a Junior Ranger.

Indiana Dunes Park Rangers invite the public to this free exhibit to “find yourself at the Indiana Dunes National Park.” Paul Labovitz, Park Superintendent said, “We are excited to work with park partners like the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority to spread the word on the Indiana Dunes National Park. This exhibit gives both residents and first-time visitors a glimpse of what makes Indiana Dunes such a special place.”

There will be Opening Reception on June 6th at the Indiana Welcome Center from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week; from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. after Labor Day) and located at 7770 Corinne Drive in Hammond, Indiana. Ranger programs taking place at the Indiana Welcome Center will be posted online at alongthesouthshore.com. To learn more about the Nation’s 61st National Park visit, nps.gov/indu.