Dunes Learning Center programs utilize a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach offering outdoor experiences and minds-on discovery to engage a variety of learning styles.

Your learning adventure begins at school with materials and activities provided by Dunes Learning Center. At camp, students explore a classroom without walls where lessons come to life in nature. Follow-up activities allow students to transfer their experiences back into their studies, school and community.

To schedule a parent presentation or a pre-visit activity for your classroom please contact Education Director, Erin Crofton.

Summer Camp Scholarship Nomination >

Scholarship Communications Toolkit >

Frog in the Bog Program Planning Guide >

Frog in the Bog Teacher Pre & Post Visit Guide >

Frog in the Bog Student Journal >

Winter Ecology Program Planning Guide >

Winter Ecology Educator Guide >

NEW Program and Scholarship Request >

Program Planning Guide (for programs not listed above) >

Child of the Northwest Wind (video link) >


The National Park Service and generous donors to Dunes Learning Center help to underwrite the cost of all of our programs. Scholarships (up to 50% of program cost) are available as well, on a sliding scale based on need. Please join the many corporate, foundation, and individual donors who support Dunes Learning Center and want to help get kids outside to explore and learn.

Donate to Support Scholarships

Other Funding Resources for Schools

National Park Trust: Kids to Parks Contest (Dunes Learning Center is located in Indiana Dunes National Park)

Target Field Trip Grants (Applications accepted August 1-October 1, for travel January through May)

Fundraise for your class using DonorsChoose.org or other crowd-funding websites.


Environmental Education Guide:

Educational Adventures in the Dunes

Dunes Learning Center, in partnership with eleven regional environmental organizations, has published a guide to environmental education programs in the Indiana Dunes.

With over 60 program options spanning field study destination programs, outreach programs in schools, and teacher professional development, there is something for every class and group!

Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coastal Program for funding this cooperative project.

Download the guide >