Feb
3
6:30 pm18:30

Park After Dark

  • Dunes Learning Center

Experience the sights, sounds, and stories of the national park after dark with a legendary Dunes Learning Center Night Hike! We’ll meet inside Dunes Learning Center’s Cowles Lodge at 6:30 pm for pre-hike activities. At 7:00 pm our naturalists will provide a short introduction and make sure everyone is dressed for the outdoors before splitting into trail groups and heading out to explore without flashlights! Hiking an easy trail, you will listen for nocturnal wildlife and learn about adaptations that make it possible for people (and some animals) to see in the dark. You’ll also have a chance to complete an optional short solo hike—an experience that you'll remember for years to come! We’ll share stories, cocoa, and cookies after the hike at Cowles Lodge. All ages and abilities welcome. Space is limited. Don't miss this memorable free program! Sign up by completing a short participant form >

 

Feb
21
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.

Thank you to event sponsors, Lakeshore Public Media. Note: In case of weather emergency, the event will be rescheduled for Friday, March 3rd

Mar
4
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. Admission is free with your pre-registration >

Thank you to Sustaining Sponsors, ArcelorMittal, and Lakeshore Public Media; Supporting Sponsors, BP, Enbridge, and NIPSCO; and event partners Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Friends of Indiana Dunes. 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.

Jun
10
11:00 am11:00

Get Outdoors Day

  • Dunes Learning Center

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at Dunes Learning Center’s Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campus on Saturday, June 14 with a day of family fun! Learn about the secret life of the Little Calumet River, get up close with nature or enjoy a quiet moment under the trees. Themed hikes, science games, camp crafts, live music by the School of Rock, and a picnic lunch on the lawn—it’s all free with your event registration. Watch for a link, coming soon!

Thank you to Sustaining Sponsors, ArcelorMittal, and Lakeshore Public Media; Supporting Sponsors, BP, Enbridge, and NIPSCO; and event partners Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Friends of Indiana Dunes. 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.