This is a Special Place

Dunes Learning Center provides exceptional outdoor experiences that inspire community, environmental stewardship and a lifelong love of learning. Located in the spectacularly biodiverse Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, our "classroom without walls" creates a critical and beneficial connection to nature for children and adults.

JOIN US FOR A NIGHT OF FIERY FUN

This year’s gala event will be held on Saturday, September 12 and honor noted American environmentalist and Dunes Learning Center President Emeritus, Lee Botts. Get tickets >

CREATE AN ENDURING LEGACY OF LEARNING IN THE DUNES

In honor of our 2015 Green Apple Award recipient, an anonymous donor has pledged $15,000 in matching funds to ensure that transformative experiences in nature will remain affordable and accessible to children in poverty—now and for generations to come. Learn more >

COMMUNITY CANOE DAY: OCTOBER 3, 10–2, THE PAVILION AT WOLF LAKE

Learn about your local watershed from the seat of a 24-foot Voyageur canoe! This free event is a great opportunity to gather friends, family and colleagues for a unique tour around Wolf Lake. Trips take approximately one hour. No experience necessary. Space is limited. Sign up >

Thanks to: Hammond Port Authority, The Pavilion at Wolf Lake, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, Urban Waters and Wilderness Inquiry. This project was made possible by a grant from the National Park Service.

MIGHTY HIKE: NOVEMBER 7, SUNSET HILL FARM PARK, VALPARAISO

An initiative of a group of high school girls attending the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership conference, Mighty Hike, a Benefit for Dunes Learning Center, is a relay walk/run in support of our Mighty Acorns outreach program. Delivered at NO COST to classrooms throughout Northwest Indiana, Mighty Acorns connects kids with nature through exploration and stewardship experiences. Registration fees range from $10 for an individual to $60 for a team of 8. Raise funds by collecting pledges for each circuit of the quarter mile trail. Learn more on Facebook or register your team now >