Around the community, Dunes Learning Center ignites curiosity about nature and science.
Your gift of just $20 will help more children fall in love with nature through more programs like canoeing and watershed education!
Nearly 4,000 students experienced a thrilling trip in 24-foot Voyageur canoes with their classmates on Lake George in Hobart, Wolf Lake in Hammond, Marquette Park Lagoon in Gary, Deep River in Lake Station, and Cedar Lake.
Along with the opportunity to work as a team and paddle their canoe, students participated in a guided hike through the woods, conducted water quality investigations, discussed threats to our freshwater supply, and made a difference with hands-on stewardship - planting trees, removing invasive plants, collecting native plant seeds, or picking up litter.
Dunes Learning Center works closely with teachers to help students connect classroom lessons with the natural world during this incredible field experience. For many students, this unique outdoor program is just the beginning of their environmental science education with Dunes Learning Center.
The watershed education and paddling experiences were provided FREE to all local students thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Can you help support this fantastic program? Your gift of just $20 will help us continue to offer exciting environmental education opportunities in your community.
Outdoor nature education changes lives. Teachers tell us about the lasting impact of the outdoor adventures their students share. Beyond lifelong memories, these trips form the bonds of new friendships, improve classroom participation, and increase academic achievement.
The experiences kids have with Dunes Learning Center make them better students, and better people.
Thank you to our 2019 Watershed Education Sponsors:
This unique learning experience is thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through a Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program grant. Additional support comes from ArcelorMittal and the Foundations of East Chicago. Thank you!