See, touch, and investigate the incredible world of insects! Entomologist Jim Louderman will talk about insect diversity, demonstrate terrestrial insect sweeps, and share fascinating live (and mounted) critters. You’ll learn about citizen science opportunities including Monarch Watch and BeeSpotter—and help collect valuable data. Anyone with an interest in entomology will enjoy this day of hands-on learning, and go home with new resources to share.
Open-air workshops led by experts in science, geology, and education feature hands-on activities and adventures within the national lakeshore, PLUS lots of great materials to take home!
Learn basic organic gardening skills and resources to produce healthy food as well as happy backyard habitats at this workshop merging food production and preparation. Participants will be guided through three recipes to make and take. Please dress in comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dirty. We’ll meet in the Chellberg Farm parking lot.
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.
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 farm-to-table tips, mandala making, improv for success, and 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 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.
Friday–Sunday (includes 5 meals and shared lodging): $225
Saturday only (includes 3 meals): $125
Reserve a cabin for four: $800
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