There is a beach hazard statement from the National Weather Service through Saturday, September 25, 2021. Expect high waves and dangerous currents at Lake Michigan beaches. Remain out of the water to avoid dangerous swimming conditions and do not venture out onto piers, jetties, breakwalls or other shoreline structures.

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Volunteer on National Public Lands Day

September 25, 2021

376 North County Line Road
Gary, IN 46303

  • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Indiana Dunes National Park is hosting a park clean-up for National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 25, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at West Beach. Join park staff, Mermaid Straw, Dig the Dunes, and more for a day of stewardship focused around reducing single-use plastic waste and celebrating our public lands. This event is an extension of Trash Trekkers, a drop-in trash collection program in the park.

The event will kick off at West Beach at 9:00 am, where volunteers will sign in and pick up supplies, though visitors may participate any time before noon. This event is family-friendly and will feature “live,” professional mermaids available for meet and greets. Each volunteer will receive a fee-free coupon that grants single-day entry into federal public lands, as well as other free goodies and refreshments.

Due to continuing concerns about COVID-19, please bring a mask and practice social distancing. In the spirit of the event, please remember to bring your own reusable water bottles. Trash bags and other safety gear will be provided. Please wear appropriate footwear for the beach and trails. Volunteers are also encouraged to visit other locations in the national park to remove litter.