Science, sand, sun and summer fun for all ages in the dunes.

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Did you reserve your spot with a $100 deposit? Pay your balance due by May 23, 2016 >

Add Your Name to the Wait List
Many of our summer camps have sold out, but cancellations do happen! Let us know which camp you were hoping for and we'll contact you when space opens up. Camp waitlist >

NEW: Junior Counselor program for returning Dunes Discovery campers!
Has your 12 or 13 year old Dunes Discovery camper been attending for 2 years or more? We have a special role for these dunes camp experts! Junior Counselors act as mentors to younger and new campers, work with naturalists and counselors to lead camp activities, and assist with duties such as delivering camper mail, leading campfire songs—all while having fun and developing leadership skills. THIS OPPORTUNITY IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR AUGUST DUNES DISCOVERY CAMP ONLY. Camper must be registered for the August 1st Dunes Discovery Camp to apply. To be considered for the Junior Counselor program, please complete this short form >

Dunes Discovery Camps
Explore rivers, search for salamanders, identify insects, hike through dunes, cool off in Lake Michigan, laugh with new friends, and sing around the campfire. Kids age 9–13 discover just how fun and exciting nature can be at this 5 day/4 night summer camp in the national lakeshore. Download the Dunes Discovery Camp parent guide >
Tuition: $399
Dates: June 27–July 1 and August 1–5
Ages: 9–13
Step 1: Register your camper > (SOLD OUT!)
Step 2: Complete a Participant Form for each camper >
Reserved your spot with a deposit? Remember to pay your balance due by May 23, 2016 >

Dunes Adventure Camp
Campers aged 14–17 spend 4 days and 3 nights immersed in the unique ecology of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Kayaking, night-time insect investigations, nature photography, a beach party and campfire are just a few of the planned adventures, designed to thrill, challenge and engage teens. Download the Dunes Adventure Camp parent guide >
Tuition: $399
Dates: July 5–8, 2016
Ages: 14–17
Step 1: Register your camper >
Step 2: Complete a Participant Form for each camper >
Reserved your spot with a deposit? Remember to pay your balance due by May 23, 2016 >

Critter Camp
This day camp with a nature theme gets kids aged 6–8 outside where they spend their days exploring the park's forests, streams, meadows and trails with new friends. Activities range from camp crafts to themed hikes, to a day at the beach. Kids return home full of sand and stories! Download the Critter Camp parent guide >
Tuition: $165
Dates: August 8–12, 2016
Ages: 6–8
Step 1: Register your camper > (SOLD OUT!)
Step 2: Complete a Participant Form for each camper >

Mighty Acorns Nature Camps
Students who participated in Mighty Acorns®  during the school year can live, learn and play with fellow Mighty Acorns from across the Calumet region at this 5-day, 4-night camp in the dunes. Campers are selected from applications received by April 8, 2016. A registration fee of $88 is due once you have been accepted and registered, but there is NO FEE TO APPLY. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Download the Mighty Acorns camp parent guide >
Dates: July 11–15, July 25–29, 2016
Ages: 8–12
Step 1: Apply online >
Step 2: When you receive your acceptance notification via email, register your camper >
Step 3: Complete a Participant Form for each camper >

Made possible through funding to the Northwest Indiana Mighty Acorns Partnership by ArcelorMittal, BP, Dr. Scholl Foundation, The Kainz Family Foundation, Safety-Kleen, United States Steel Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Illinois Lake Michigan Coastal Management Program and contributions from parents and individuals. Arts activities are a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. See a video from Mighty Acorns Nature Camp >