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.
Get Outdoors Day
Dunes Learning Center will once again provide families with an exciting day of outdoor fun in the National Park in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. Trail hikes, river exploration, kayak demonstrations, camp crafts, live music and lunch on the lawn are just a few of the free activities.
National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) is led by the U.S. Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition with the goal of encouraging visitors to public lands, and reconnecting youth to the great outdoors. Last year, more than 400 people turned out for a day of outdoor fun. Event partners and sponsors are now being sought. To be part of this popular annual event, contact Dunes Learning Center Director of Marketing & Development Sandi Weindling at (219)395-9555 x4.
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Watch for program details and a link to register for free, coming in March!
Get Outdoors Day is made possible by: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Arcelor Mittal, BP, Destination Nature, Indiana Arts Commission, Lakeshore Public Media, Lamar and Northwest Indiana Paddling Association. 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: Check back in April for tickets and details!