Dunes Learning Center programs provide unforgettable outdoor experiences that foster curiosity, scientific literacy and a personal connection to nature. Your learning adventure starts here.

Dunes Learning Center is proud to carry on a tradition of learning in the dunes begun more than 100 years ago by “The Father of Ecology in North America,” Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles. Experiential, overnight programs use nature itself as a classroom. During their stay, students challenge themselves and work together, exploring wild and beautiful parts of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that very few people visit. They return to school with a renewed enthusiasm for learning, as well as a sense of empowerment and responsibility to make a positive difference in the environment in which they live.

Dunes Learning Center's national lakeshore campus comfortably accommodates groups of up to 80 students. Each of our modern cabins sleep 8. Meals and gatherings taking place in Cowles Lodge, located at the center of camp. Learn more on our facilities page.

Overnight programs require that the visiting school provide one adult chaperon to every seven children. Chaperones in excess of this ratio are welcome, but are asked to pay the program cost. If you have specific questions about your group's trip, or if you'd like assistance in planning a visit, please contact Liz Greenwald at (219)395-9555 x1.

To learn about Dunes To You programs that bring environmental literacy experiences to your school or community, visit our outreach page for information. 

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