11:00 am11:00

Winter Open House

  • Dunes Learning Center

Don’t let shorter days and cooler temperatures keep you inside. Visit Dunes Learning Center for an afternoon of family fun in nature! Explore the outdoors with our team of expert naturalists, or head inside for crafts, cookies and cocoa. Spread the word and come ready to play! Complete your free registration >

Thanks to event sponsors and partners, ArcelorMittal, BP, Enbridge, Friends of Indiana Dunes, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and NIPSCO. This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

5:30 pm17:30

Dunes Dinner Club—A Thought Provoking Dining Experience

  • Dunes Learning Center

Our second pop-up dinner offers food for thought with a short but provocative documentary film plus a four-course dinner. Enjoy dry aged steak cooked to order complemented by seasonal soup and salad. Hors d’oeuvre, beverage selections including wine and beer, plus Frangelica chocolate mousse complete the menu, which includes a vegetarian option. Tickets are $60 per person, or two for $100. Your purchase price includes a tax-deductible donation to support Dunes Learning Center environmental education programs. Space is limited. Reserve online before February 14th >

About the movie:
The Land (2015) is a short documentary film about the nature of play, risk and hazard set in a Welsh "adventure” playground.  At The Land children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own. View the movie trailer >

“In half an hour this film will change everything you think you believe ... In scene after natural scene the truth becomes obvious: With a little bit of creativity, empathy and guidance, children can be freed to experience a much more fun, adventurous and fulfilling childhood.”
— Hanna Rosin, The Atlantic

About the chefs:
Chefs Tom Boldt and Josh Olson bring fine dining experience from restaurants across the country, including Commander’s Palace and Bayona in New Orleans, Charlie Trotter’s and Gibson’s Steak House in Chicago and 54 Main Bistro in Hobart, to Dunes Learning Center. They have donated their time to bring this fine dining experience to our Cowles Lodge and benefit Dunes Learning Center.

*Note: In case of weather emergency, the event will be rescheduled for Friday, March 3rd

11:00 am11:00

Summer Camp Open House

  • Dunes Learning Center

Attention campers! Explore Dunes Learning Center’s Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campus and celebrate Spring with a day of fun in the dunes. Families are invited to sample popular activities, tour camp facilities, meet staff and ask questions about the upcoming summer season. Watch for a free event registration link, coming in 2017.