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

Join Dunes Learning Center friends and supporters on Saturday, September 12 at the beautiful Spa Special Events Center for Trailblazing: A Dunes Affair. This year’s gala event will feature live music, an expanded cocktail hour, VIP presenters and a very special 2015 Green Apple honoree—Dunes Learning Center President Emeritus, Lee Botts. Don’t miss this very special evening! Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Learn more >


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.