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!  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, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. 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.

6:00 pm18:00

In Our Hands: A Dunes Affair

  • Sand Creek Country Club

Join Dunes Learning Center leadership for a gala night of festive fun as we celebrate hands-on learning in the Indiana dunes. Live music, an extended cocktail reception, a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences, and the presentation of the 2017 Green Apple Award will be featured—along with games, prizes, and more. The future of environmental education is in your hands! Watch for a ticket link and more details, coming this summer.

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.