Welcome to your summer in the Dunes…

The countdown to Dunes Camp 2019 is on!


Registration is now open!

Download the 2019 Summer Camp Booklet HERE >

Dunes Learning Center is an environmental education camp within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The 63-acre campus is surrounded by scenic hiking trails, historic sites, and one of the most biologically diverse national parks in the country.

Established in 1998 with a mission to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature, Dunes Learning Center offers programs for schools and groups, as well as summer camps that give students the opportunity to explore and learn about nature.

Each year, more than 12,000 kids get outside with Dunes Learning Center, growing and appreciation for nature and learning to be the stewards of tomorrow. Our professionally trained, first aid/CPR certified team of emerging conservation leaders guide the adventure.

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Dunes Learning Center is accredited by the American Camp Association. ACA camps reflect current best practices and set the standard for the industry with regular, independent health and safety audits. We are committed to facilitating positive transformative experiences with every camper - including those of differing abilities. Please contact us for details.

About the Camp Facilities

Overnight Camps

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 >

2019 Dates
Discovery Camp 1 June 24–28 Register Now > 
Discovery Camp 2 July 15–19 Register Now > 
Discovery Camp 3 July 22–26, 2019 Register Now > 
Ages: 9–13
Tuition: $479

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 a camp out provide unique opportunities to experience the varied ecology of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Download the Dunes Adventure Camp parent guide >
Dates: July 8–12, 2019 Register Now > 
Ages: 14–17
Tuition: $479

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. Download the Critter Camp parent guide >
Dates: August 5–9, 2019 Register Now > 
Ages: 6–8
Tuition: $199
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Chellberg Farm Camps
Historic Chellberg Farm is the backdrop for our newest camp where kids can interact with the animals, explore the forest and play fun games to learn more about life at the farm. Tuition $79 per session
Download the Chellberg Farm parent guide >
Ages 5-6 • Day Camp • 9am to 2pm
Register Now > Session 1A Tuesdays June 11, 18, 25 ||| Register Now > Session 2A Tuesdays July 9, 16, 23

Ages 7-8 • Day Camp • 9am to 3pm
Register Now > Session 1B Thursdays June 13, 20, 27  ||| Register Now> Session 2B Thursdays July 11, 18, 25

Junior Counselors Wanted!
Develop leadership skills by working alongside Dunes Learning Center staff! Open to campers who have attended camp for at least two consecutive summers.
Download the position announcement and application instructions >

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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. For 2019, the two sessions are: July 1-5 and July 29-August 2. Download the Mighty Acorns Nature Camp parent guide >

Invitations for Mighty Acorns Nature Camp registration will be sent via email or flier from your Mighty Acorns provider early in 2019. Registration will only be accessible by invitation through the provided link.

If you haven’t received information by the end of January, please contact your child’s Mighty Acorns provider.

Made possible through major funding to the Northwest Indiana Mighty Acorns Partnership by ArcelorMittal, with additional support from BP, Dr. Scholl Foundation, Cargill, and contributions from parents and individuals. 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.

Pay Your Camp Balance
If you have made a camp deposit and need to pay the balance, please refer to your confirmation email for your personalized link. Any questions, please call 219-395-9555.