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, communities with valuable education programs and YOU with business leaders, employees and customers. Event sponsorship packages provide a full year of benefits and recognition while supporting popular programs that benefit your community. Learn more >


Family fun with a winter flair
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Don’t let cold keep you indoors. Meet Dunes Learning Center Naturalists at our Cowles Lodge for a memorable day in the dunes, featuring nature crafts, snowshoe hikes, live music, hot cocoa and more! Registration is free and space is limited. Watch for details to come.


Get Outdoors Day celebration and open house
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Get Outdoors and explore your national lakeshore at our 5th annual Get Outdoors Day celebration. Learn about the secret life of the Little Calumet River, get up close with nature or learn to kayak safely with the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association. Guided hikes, science games, live music, art and a picnic lunch under the trees—it’s all free with your pre-registration! Watch for details and a registration link here.


Bands, beer, food and fun
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 at Sunset Hill Farm, Valparaiso

More than 1300 people, including 250 children under the age of 12 attended the second annual Lightning Bug Music Festival which raised a whopping $10,000 to send deserving kids to summer camp. Watch for details regarding line up and tickets, coming Spring of 2016.