7:30 pm19:30

Northwest Indiana Symphony in the Park

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore West Beach

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Parks and the 50th anniversary of the national lakeshore with a free concert by the Northwest Indiana Symphony at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach. The concert will offer something for everyone including light classical and pops by your favorite Indiana Composers to honor the state’s bicentennial as well as an Indiana fight song sing along! Vocalist Justin Ruff and Young People’s Competition winner Hope Johansen of Schererville will also perform.

Limited seating is available near the stage. Visitors are encouraged to bring folding chairs. Several food vendors will be on hand offering a variety of dinner items, or you may bring a picnic dinner. Please note that alcohol is prohibited at West Beach.

Made possible, in part, by funding from the Legacy Foundation. Arts activities are a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

10:00 am10:00

Next Indiana Campfires: Dunes Succession Trail Hike

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore West Beach

Indiana’s literature and landscapes have inspired generations of Hoosiers—part of the Next Indiana Campfires series, connecting nature, literature and Indiana’s Bicentennial. Join Indiana Humanities and Dunes Learning Center as we explore the Dunes’ unique ecology and learn about the generations of writers, including Edwin Way Teale and Carl Sandburg, inspired by their beauty. Part of the Next Indiana Campfires series, you'll enjoy a 90-minute walk along the Dunes Succession Trail, followed by a meal and campfire at the Dunes Learning Center. Humanities scholar and facilitator Micah Towery, Goshen College will lead the discussion. Learn more >

6:00 pm18:00

Walk Through Time: A Dunes Affair

  • Sand Creek Country Club

Join us for a gala celebration of inspiration and inclusion, culminating in the presentation of the 2016 Green Apple award to educator and autism advocate, Tracy Chandler. Live music by the Corey Dennison Band, an extended cocktail hour, "Walk Through Time" themed hors d’oeuvre, and a silent auction offering one-of-a-kind experiences will make this a night to remember. Event proceeds support environmental literacy and keep unforgettable field-based learning experiences affordable and accessible for thousands of children. Don't miss this opportunity to look back and help build for the future as we celebrate 100,000 students inspired by hands-on learning in the dunes! Get your tickets >

Our Green Apple Award Presenter
Karin Willison is a writer, blogger, and advocate currently living in the Midwest... when she's not traveling, that is! She works as an editor for the popular website, helping people with disabilities and their families share their stories. As part of her work there, she was asked to cover the Canoemobile’s recent visit to Hobart, Indiana and help paddle a 24’ canoe. In addition to her work at The Mighty, Karin has a blog at, where she chronicles her experiences living and traveling with a disability. Karin also enjoys attending theater and live music events, helping musicians with publicity and marketing, and spending time with her three dogs.

Our Green Apple Award Honoree
Tracy Chandler teaches students with autism spectrum disorders through the Structured Learning Program at Clark Middle School. For the past several years, she has partnered with Dunes Learning Center "Dunes To You" educators to inspire her students through environmental education activities. A special education teacher for 30 years, Tracy works with leaders statewide to support educational programs for students on the autism spectrum. She resides in Lakes of the Four Seasons and enjoys gardening, water sports, running and spending time with her 3 sons and 2 granddaughters. 

Thank you to event sponsors: 1st Source Bank, ArcelorMittal, BP, Canalia and Clark, Duneland Chamber of Commerce, Enbridge, Lakeshore Public Media, NIPSCO, Georgiann and Steve Pangere, Republic Services and Teresa Massa, Attorney

Enjoy music by the Corey Dennison Blues Band, sponsored by NIPSCO!

Enjoy music by the Corey Dennison Blues Band, sponsored by NIPSCO!

11:00 am11:00

Winter Open House

  • Dunes Learning Center

Don’t let shorter days and cooler temperatures keep you inside. Visit Dunes Learning Center for an afternoon of family fun in nature! Explore the outdoors with our team of expert naturalists, or head inside for crafts, cookies and cocoa. Spread the word and come ready to play. Details and a free event registration link coming in November!

11:00 am11:00

Summer Camp Open House

  • Dunes Learning Center

Attention campers! Explore Dunes Learning Center’s Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campus and celebrate Spring with a day of fun in the dunes. Families are invited to sample popular activities, tour camp facilities, meet staff and ask questions about the upcoming summer season. Watch for a free event registration link, coming in 2017.