Special Events

From adult programs to open house events, Dunes Learning Center special events offer people of all ages opportunities to develop, and be inspired by, a personal connection to nature.

Event Sponsorship

Dunes Learning Center event sponsorship connects families with nature, connects communities with valuable education programs and connects you with key stakeholders including business leaders, employees and customers. Event sponsorship packages provide a full year of benefits and recognition that increase brand awareness while supporting popular programs that benefit your community. Learn more >


Get Outdoors Day Open House, Saturday, June 13, 11–3 p.m.

Join Dunes Learning Center staff and friends from 11 to 3 p.m. (CT) for a day of themed hikes, science games, kayaking demonstrations, bike test rides, avian experiences, live music, art and a picnic lunch under the trees. Admission is free with your pre-registration. Register now > 

Funding for this program was provided in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coastal Program


Lightning Bug Music Festival, Sunday, July 5th, Sunset Hill Farm

Duneland’s newest music fest is back! This year's line up includes grammy-winning local and national bands: Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls of Leicester, Blitzen Trapper, the Infamous Stringdusters, Shel and Special Consensus PLUS micro brews, a food truck court, family-friendly activities and a good cause—summer camp experiences for kids in need. Get your tickets >


Trailblazing: A Dunes Affair, Saturday, September 12

Dunes Learning Center’s annual fundraising dinner celebrates excellence in environmental education with the presentation of the Green Apple Award. This 
gala event includes dinner, live music by Chris and Lou, a silent auction, networking opportunities and a few surprises. 


Winter Open House, Saturday, January 9, 2016

Don’t let cold keep you indoors! Nature crafts, snowshoe hikes, live music and hot cocoa make for a memorable day in the dunes.