Dune Buggy Birding Tour: Raptors
Jan
20
3:00 PM15:00

Dune Buggy Birding Tour: Raptors

Dune Buggy Birding Tour: Raptors

3pm - 8pm • Meet @ Dunes Learning Center
Brad Bumgardner, executive director of the
Indiana Audubon Society, will be your tour
guide for this Dune Buggy adventure headed to
a few select local hot spots where you can view
hawks, falcons and owls just before sunset and
into the evening with binoculars provided.
$60 per person includes a meal on the go plus hot cocoa Registration>

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Jan
27
9:30 AM09:30

Regional Stories for Global Climate Change Educators Workshop

Regional Stories for Global Climate Change Educators Workshop

Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk
Learn how climate change is impacting local species, hear about research going on at Indiana Dunes to assess climate change effects and try out a new climate change traveling trunk available to educators.
$40 includes lunch and materials Registration>

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Feb
17
to Feb 18

Winter Ecology Family Overnight

Winter Ecology Family Overnight

Discover the magic of winter in the dunes as our naturalists lead the fun with snowshoeing, stewardship, a night hike, camp re, astronomy skits, games, nature crafts and more.
$105 per person or $350 full cabin with 4 participants includes meals   Registration>

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Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Project Learning Tree Educators Workshop

Project Learning Tree Educators Workshop

10am – 4pm @ Park Headquarters
Explore fun, hands-on activities you can use
to teach students about the environment, including a citizen science project investigating the impacts of climate change on sugar maple trees. Please dress for the weather. Please note: while the majority of the workshop will be inside, there will be outdoor activities, including participation in the citizen science project, which will be outside for about an hour. If there is snow, boots would be advisable.$40 includes lunch and materials  Registration>

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Mar
10
to Mar 11

Maple Sugar Time Family Overnight

Maple Sugar Time Family Overnight

9am Saturday – 10am Sunday @ Dunes Learning Center
Immerse yourself in the local traditions
of maple sugaring—from Native American
origins to modern day techniques— during
this sweet overnight retreat in the dunes.
$105 per person or $350 full cabin with 4 participants and includes mealsRegistration>

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Mar
24
9:30 AM09:30

Project WET Educators Workshop

Project WET Educators Workshop

MARCH 24, 2018
9:30am – 3:30pm @ Douglas Center
Along with the traditional content for Project WET certification, this session will incorporate activities and resources around Asian carp and aquatic invasive species that threaten regional waterways. Registration fee: $40 includes lunch and materials

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Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Ponds, Polliwogs and Pollinators: Connecting Species to Place Educators Workshop

Ponds, Polliwogs and Pollinators: Connecting Species to Place Educators Workshop

APRIL 14, 2018
1pm – 7pm @ Dunes Learning Center
Learn how frogs and insects depend on vernal pools for survival as you listen and record frog calls during a casual night hike to one of these valuable wetlands.
$40 includes lunch and materials Registration>

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May
19
9:30 AM09:30

Flying WILD/Bird Sleuth Educators Workshop

Flying WILD/Bird Sleuth Educators Workshop

MAY 19, 2018
9:30am - 3:30pm @ Douglas Center
Discover creative new activities to teach about birds, their migration and actions people can take to help birds and their habitats, including participation in citizen science. All participants completing the full workshop will receive Flying Wild: An Educators Guide to Celebrating Birds, a set of “Feathered Friends” activities and a free bird feeder.
$40 includes lunch and materials Registration>

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Jun
30
to Jul 1

Lightning Bug Music Festival Family Overnight Campout

Lightning Bug Music Festival Family Overnight Campout

9am Saturday – 10am Sunday @ Dunes Learning Center
This weekend adventure includes the
chance to paddle the Little Calumet River,
explore historic Bailly Homestead, meet the
animals at Chellberg Farm and participate
in a scavenger hunt, night hike and
campfire plus a full-day music festival!
$75 per person (12 & under free) includes ticket to Lightning Bug Music Festival, Dunes Learning Center tie dye t-shirt and tent campsite Registration>

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Oct
20
to Oct 22

Divas of the Dunes Weekend-SOLD OUT

Practice some mindful self-care with a sweet 3-day retreat in the Indiana dunes. You’ll spend the weekend immersed in nature, enjoying activities ranging from challenging to indulgent. We'll get the party started with a reception and dinner, followed by a flashlight-free night hike. You'll experience the night sky, learn new constellations, and “talk” with owls as you trek after dark. Afterwards, we’ll gather around a campfire to compare notes and toast marshmallows before heading to our cozy cabins for a good night’s sleep. 

Saturday morning will start with a Shaklee smoothie bar and healthy breakfast, followed by a chance to find “Your Personality Color” with Michelle Irzyk and Lisa Smith. The fun will continue as you head outside in teams to discover your strengths—and Dunes Learning Center’s beautiful Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campus. After lunch, break-out sessions will offer mandala making, improv for success, and stress relief featuring puppy therapy (yes, there will be puppies) with Lakeshore PAWS founder, Jeanne Sommer.

After a sunset beach hike with National Park Service ranger, Kim Swift, and dinner with live music by Eve Senderhauf, the pampering will begin! Available treats and treatments include henna tattoos, skincare, massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and intuitive readings. We’ll quiet our minds and reflect on the day with pajama yoga before turning in for the night.

The weekend will wrap up with a final round of smoothies; a door prize drawing for a $100 "Healthy Pantry Makeover," bag from Whole Foods Market, Schererville; and an introspection activity. You’ll get one last chance to hike our trails before heading back into the world—renewed and restored! Space is limited. You must be over the age of 21 to attend. Sorry, no boys allowed.
SOLD OUT

Friday–Sunday (includes 5 meals and shared lodging): $225
Saturday only (includes 3 meals): $125
Reserve a cabin for four: $800
Step one: Register online >SOLD OUT
Step two: Complete a form for each participant >

Special thanks to program partners Whole Foods Market Schererville, and Journeyman Distillery for their contributions!

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Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

Bat-tastic! An All-Ages Workshop

Dunes Learning Center and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore educators invite you to explore the nighttime world of bats! Get the bat basics, and learn about local bat monitoring efforts as well as citizen science opportunities. The 3-hour workshop includes games, movies, and even a a mock bat emergence survey! Randy Knutson, Wildlife Biologist at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, will share the park's efforts to understand and protect bats at this all-ages workshop.

Ages: All
Registration fee: $5 individual, $10 family
Step one: Register online > SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
Step two: Complete a form for each participant >

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Aug
13
12:00 PM12:00

Farm to Tea: Healing Herbs

Learn about the various medicinal properties of herbal garden plants, which herbs to grow, how to dry them in this workshop. We’ll discuss the health benefits of tea and create a homemade blend to take home. Please dress in comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dirty. We’ll meet in the Chellberg Farm parking lot.

Ages: Adults 18 years and older
Materials fee: $5.00
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Step two: Complete a form for each participant >

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