Feb
25
6:00 pm18:00

Adventure Play Film Screening & Panel Discussion

  • Indiana Dunes Visitors Center

Join Dunes Learning Center for a screening of The Land, An Adventure Play Documentary, followed by a panel discussion on the importance of outdoor child-directed play.

Recently spotlighted by the National Geographic Short Film Showcase, The Land features a Welsh adventure playground where child-directed play is welcomed. Staffed by adult supervisors, the playspace is rooted in the belief that kids are empowered and understand their own capabilities when they learn how to manage risk on their own.

Following the short film an expert panel including Melissa Moran, The Nature Conservancy, Children of Indiana Nature Park Project Manager, Kim Swift, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Education Programs Manager, Walter Lenckos, Superintendent of Porter County Parks and Vera Jones, Principal of Krueger Middle School will share their thoughts and experiences.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Be advised that the film contains adult language not suitable for young or more sensitive viewers. Tickets are $5. Space is limited and advance purchase is required. Get tickets >

Apr
9
11:00 am11:00

Summer Camp Open House

  • Dunes Learning Center

Tour Dunes Learning Center’s national lakeshore campus, peek inside one of our modern, climate-controlled cabins, meet camp staff, ask questions about the upcoming summer season and sample popular programs at this free open house event. Register today >

Thanks to event partners and sponsors: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, ArcelorMittal, BP, Enbridge, Lakeshore Public Media, Lamar Advertising Company, Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and NIPSCO.

Arts activities made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Jun
11
11:00 am11:00

Get Outdoors Day Open House

  • Dunes Learning Center

Get Outdoors and explore your national lakeshore at our 5th annual Get Outdoors Day celebration. Learn about the secret life of the Little Calumet River, learn to kayak safely with the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association or have a live animal encounter thanks to the Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Guided hikes, science games, music, art and a picnic lunch under the trees—it’s all free with your pre-registration! Watch for details and a registration link here.

Thanks to event partners and sponsors: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, ArcelorMittal, BP, Enbridge, Friends of Indiana Dunes, Lakeshore Public Media, Lamar Advertising Company, Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, NIPSCO and Prism Science & Technology.

Funding for this program was provided in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coastal Program. Arts activities made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Sep
16
6:00 pm18:00

A Dunes Affair: Walk Through Time

  • Sand Creek Country Club

Join us for a gala celebration of inspiration culminating in the presentation of the 2016 Green Apple award at Dunes Learning Center's annual fundraising event. Live music by Gerry Hundt, an extended cocktail hour, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction including one-of-a-kind items and 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!
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Thanks to event sponsors: ArcelorMittal, BP, Enbridge, Lakeshore Public Media and NIPSCO.