Science, sand, sun and summer fun for all ages in the dunes.

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Dunes Discovery Camps
Explore rivers, search for salamanders, identify insects, hike through dunes, cool off in Lake Michigan, laugh with new friends, and sing around the campfire. Kids age 9–13 discover just how fun and exciting nature can be at this 5 day/4 night summer camp in the national lakeshore. Download the Dunes Discovery Camp parent guide >
Dates: June 19–23, July 10–14, July 24–28, 2017
Ages: 9–13
Tuition: $425
Step one: Register your camper > DUNES DISCOVERY CAMPS ARE FULL
Step two: Complete a Camp Participant Form for each registered camper >

Dunes Adventure Camp
Develop outdoor leadership and wilderness skills as you hike, kayak, and explore Indiana's iconic dunes.
Teens choose from adventurous activities and learn new skills including backcountry survival, nature photography, leadership, and conservation at this 5 day, 4 night camp. After-dark explorations, a beach party, and (new this year!) a camp out at the lakefront, provide unique opportunities to experience the varied ecology of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Download the Dunes Adventure Camp parent guide >
Dates: June 26–30, 2017
Ages: 14–17
Tuition: $425
Step one: Register your camper > DUNES ADVENTURE CAMP IS FULL
Step two: Complete a Camp Participant Form for each registered camper >

Critter Camp
This day camp with a nature theme gets budding naturalists outside where they spend their days exploring the park's forests, streams, meadows, and trails with new friends. Activities range from camp crafts to themed hikes, to a day at the beach. Kids return home full of stories and sand! Download the Critter Camp parent guide >
Dates: August 7–11, 2017
Ages: 6–8
Tuition: $185
Step one: Register your camper > CRITTER CAMP IS FULL
Step two: Complete a Camp Participant Form for each registered camper >
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Mighty Acorns Nature Camps
Students who participate in Mighty Acorns®  during the school year can live, learn and play with fellow Mighty Acorns at this 5-day, 4-night camp in the dunes. Download the Mighty Acorns camp parent guide >
Dates: July 17–21, July 31–August 4, 2017
Ages: 8–12

Made possible through funding to the Northwest Indiana Mighty Acorns Partnership by ArcelorMittal, with additional support from BP, Dr. Scholl Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the IDNR Coastal Management Program, and contributions from parents and individuals. Arts activities made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. See a video from Mighty Acorns Nature Camp >