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Masks are required on public transportation, and in LaPorte Lake Counties as well as on national park and state government properties, both inside buildings and in outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance. Most businesses still require masks and we suggest calling ahead or checking online for details regarding each business’s policy. 

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Nature Tots

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7-85 N Lake St
Gary, IN 46403

  • Time: 10:00 AM

This program is free but pre-registration is required. Parents and toddlers are invited to participate in the “Nature Tots” program at Indiana Dunes National Park’s Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education. The program is led by a park ranger and is designed for children ages 2-4. Kids can make a free craft and gather to hear some nature stories. A ranger-led hike and some time in the adjacent nature play zone will be part of the two-hour program. Parents will enjoy meeting other parents and learning fun ideas for bringing nature into their child’s life. Pre-register by calling (219) 395-1821.

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national park at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller section of Gary.

For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1821 or check the park’s website at