Science, sand, sun and summer fun for all ages in the dunes.
We are committed to the independence and inclusion of children with different abilities in our programs and activities.
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 18–22, July 9–13, and July 23–27, 2018
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: July 16–20, 2018
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 6–10, 2018
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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: June 25–29, and July 30–August 3, 2018
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 >