11:00 am11:00

Get Outdoors Day

  • Dunes Learning Center

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with a day of family fun at our Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campus.

  • Learn about the secret life of the Little Calumet River! 
  • Take a guided hike with a Dunes Learning Center naturalist!
  • Pull on a tree climbing harness and ascend into the canopy!
  • Be inspired by nature at one of our make-and-take tables!
  • Bring your refillable water bottle to collect a Dunes Learning Center sticker!

Science games, camp crafts, live music by the School of Rock, and a picnic lunch on the lawn—we'll be offering outdoor-themed activities in and around our Cowles Lodge from 11 to 3 (CT). Join us for our biggest event of the year! Download an event schedule and register online >

Thank you to Premier Sponsor ArcelorMittal; Sustaining Sponsors Lakeshore Public Media and Lamar Advertising; Supporting Sponsors BP, Enbridge, Friends of Indiana Dunes, and NIPSCO; Contributing Sponsor Mark J. Mihalo D.D.S Family Dentistry, and Teresa Massa, Attorney; Event Presenter The Pangere Corporation; and Event Partners Davey Tree Service, Duneland YMCA, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and Northwest Indiana Paddling Association. Arts activities made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Funding provided in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coastal Program.

6:00 pm18:00

In Our Hands: A Dunes Affair

  • Sand Creek Country Club

Join Dunes Learning Center leadership and friends for a gala night of festive fun as we celebrate hands-on learning in the Indiana dunes. Featuring:

  • An extended cocktail reception with sumptuous hors d’oeuvre
  • A silent auction offering hand-made items and hands-on experiences
  • The presentation of the 2017 Green Apple Award to School City of Hobart Director of Curriculum and Instruction Debbie Matthys
  • Live music, games, prizes, and more

The future of environmental education is in your hands! Watch for a ticket link and more details, coming this summer.

Event Committee: Deb Backhus, Tyler Botbyl, Donna Lind, Abir Clark, Jaime Golba, Laura Hennessey, Joan Machuca, Teresa Massa, Eric Neagu, Shannon Sobeck, Maureen Turman, and David Wright. Committee Chair: Chris Hoham

Thank you to Premier Sponsor, ArcelorMittal; Sustaining Sponsor, Lakeshore Public Media; Supporting Sponsors, BP, Enbridge, and Friends of Indiana Dunes; Contributing Sponsor, Mark J. Mihalo D.D.S Family Dentistry, and Teresa Massa, Attorney; and Event Patrons, Republic Services, Schepel Cadillac, and Thorgren Tool & Molding Co., Inc. Dunes Learning Center is a proud partner of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.