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.

Volunteer Stewardship Day

Join Dunes Learning Center for a day of service—clearing invasive species, performing trail maintenance and generally getting the camp ready for another season of learning and fun. Tools and refreshments will be provided. You are encouraged to wear sturdy clothes and boots and bring work gloves and protective eyewear.

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014

Time: 8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

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Get Outdoors Day

Get Outdoors and and enjoy an exciting day of fun in the National Park at our annual National Get Outdoors Day event. Trail hikes, river exploration, camp crafts and lunch on the lawn are just a few of the free activities planned.

New this year—test drive an eco-car and help support Dunes Learning Center programs and scholarships. Thanks to event sponsors, Lakeshore Motors, you can "Drive for Your Community," at Get Outdoors Day and learn more about how transportation choices impact climate change.

PLUS: Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer, authors of The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up, will give visitors more reasons to explore; Northwest Indiana Paddling Association will be offering kayaking demonstrations; and Save the Tunes will provide live music throughout the day.

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014

Time: 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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Get Outdoors Day is made possible by: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, ArcelorMittal, BP, Destination Nature, Enbridge, Family Express, Friends of Indiana Dunes, Indiana Arts Commission, Lakeshore Public Media, Lamar, NiSource, Northwest Indiana Paddling Association and Teresa A. Massa, Attorney. This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


River Rendezvous: A Dunes Affair

The Spa Restaurant and Banquet Center was a household name in NW Indiana for 50 plus years, before it closed in 2002. The restaurant was originally built in 1921, rebuilt in 1951 and then the Banquet Center was added in 1987. Sitting on 3.1 acres overlooking the Little Calumet River, the location is a perfect opportunity for Dunes Learning Center friends to gather in support of hands-on learning in nature.

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Location: The historic Spa Restaurant and Banquet Center

Tickets: $85 per person, $75 Early Bird pricing through June 15

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Dunes Affair sponsors include: ArcelorMittal and Lakeshore Public Media. To become a sponsor of Dunes Learning Center's annual fundraising event, please contact Director of Marketing & Development Sandi Weindling at (219)395-9555 x4.