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

2017 Summer Camp Open House
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 >
Date: March 4, 2017
Time: 11:00–3:00 (CT)

NEW: Junior Counselor program for returning Dunes Discovery campers!
Has your 12 or 13 year old Dunes Discovery camper been attending for 2 years or more? We have a special role for these dunes camp experts! Junior Counselors act as mentors to younger and new campers, work with naturalists and counselors to lead camp activities, and assist with duties such as delivering camper mail, leading campfire songs—all while having fun and developing leadership skills. Applications are now being accepted for experienced campers registered for the July 24th Dunes Discovery Camp session. Apply now >

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 >
Step two: Complete a Camp Participant Form for each registered camper >

Dunes Adventure Camp
Teens choose from adventurous activities and learn new skills including kayaking, 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, 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 >
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 >
Step two: Complete a Camp Participant Form for each registered camper >
Read about Critter Camp in the media >

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
Registration Fee: $110
Step one: Complete an application for each eligible camper >

Acceptance notifications will be emailed in April along with next steps. Your $110 registration fee will be due at that time.

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 >