Community. Diversity. Sustainability. Biology.

The dunes, woods, streams, beaches and bogs of Indiana Dunes National Park are a living classroom where abstract concepts become meaningful, memorable and fun.


Frog in the Bog
Our highly-rated three day/two night hands-on program combines discovery, adventure, and fun with math, science and social studies. A variety of state and national curriculum requirements are met as students explore the natural and cultural history of the dunes, the interconnection of human and natural environments and the rich biological diversity found in the southern Lake Michigan region.
Tuition: $127 per student includes meals, lodging and activities, plus pre- and post-visit materials. 
Age: Grades 4-6
Availability: September–November and March–May
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Winter Ecology in the Dunes
Students explore the fascinating winter adaptations of plants and animals found in the Indiana Dunes during this immersive, two day residential program. Weather permitting, students have the opportunity to cross-country ski or snowshoe.
Tuition: $86 per student includes meals, lodging and activities, plus pre- and post-visit materials.  
Age: Grades 4–9
Availability: December–March
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Middle School students engage in hands-on investigations of local ecosystems in this STEM and service-themed 3-day residential program. Participants learn and practice research procedures used by professional scientists such as quadrant surveys and chemical water monitoring to gather and analyze data and participate in stewardship activities within the park. Biodiversity, ecosystems, sustainability and human impacts on the environment are explored through real conservation and natural resource management experiences.
Tuition: Varies based on program design
Age: Grades 7–8
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High school students engage in higher level thinking about climate change and its effects on the Great Lakes region in this program that utilizes hands-on STEM based activities to enhance understanding of our changing planet and local ecosystems. Projects may include water and species monitoring, wetland/prairie restoration or other topics. Students develop a hypothesis, conduct an investigation and analyze data, providing real experience in the fields of conservation and natural resource management.
Tuition: Varies based on program design
Age: Grades 9–12
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Science Olympiad Team Training Camp
Bring science to life while increasing student interest and competence with two days of hands-on science and team-building activities in a fun atmosphere! In a customized, two-day training, Science Olympiad teams work with Dunes Learning Center staff to strengthen their nature and environment related events, including an overall focus on team building.

In 2018, we coached these 10 events: Anatomy and Physiology, Dynamic Planet, Experimental Design, Fossils, Heredity, Herpetology, Meteorology, Solar System, Water Quality, and Write It Do It. 2019 events TBD, but likely similar.


Tuition: Varies based on program design. Scholarships available thanks to ArcelorMittal; please inquire.
Age: Middle School (Class B)
2019 Availability: November-February, please inquire for availability
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Arts activities made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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