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Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

100 N Lake St
Gary, IN 46403
Phone: 219-769-3820


Part of the Indiana Dunes National Park.

Enjoy award-winning environmental education programs or hike through the unique ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes National Park. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are available in January and February, weather permitting. Families can also visit the outdoor Nature Play Zone.

Open daily, except for federal holidays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Remainder of the year 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
For the Paul H. Douglas Trail, park in the west or gravel parking lot if you plan to be on the trail before the Douglas Center opens or closes. The paved parking lot hours are the same as the Douglas Center.

1. Starting at Highways 80/94, go north on IN-51/Ripley Street for 1 mile
2. Turn left (west) on Melton Road/US-20, go 1 3/10 mile
3. Turn right (north) on Lake Street, go 6/10 mile
4. Turn right into parking lot (after first underpass)