Summer Adventures in the Dunes

Discover the beaches, prairies, dunes and woodlands of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore while bog stomping, bug hunting, night hiking and more. Campers experience native and historic cultures, play nature games, try their hand at camp crafts, and sing around the campfire with new friends at summer camp in the national park.

Summer Camp Open House

Tour the campus, meet staff and ask questions at a Summer Camp Open House event.

Wednesday, March 11, 3:00–6:00 p.m. 
Saturday, April 11, 10:00–1:00 p.m.


Dunes Discovery Camps

Explore rivers, search for salamanders, identify insects, hike through dunes, cool off in Lake Michigan, laugh with new friends, and sing around the campfire. Kids age 9–13 discover just how fun and exciting nature can be at this 5 day/4 night summer camp in the national lakeshore. Download the Dunes Discovery Camp parent guide >

Dates: June 22–26, July 20–24, August 3–7
Ages: 9–13
Tuition: $375
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Camp Participant Form > 


Dunes Adventure Camp

New this year! Campers aged 14–17 spend 5 days and 4 nights immersed in the unique ecology of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Kayaking, night-time insect investigations, nature photography, a beach party, camp-out and campfire are just a few of the planned adventures, designed to thrill, challenge and engage teens. Download the Dunes Adventure Camp parent guide >

Dates: June 29–July 3
Ages: 14–17
Tuition: $375
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Critter Camp

This day camp with a nature theme gets kids aged 6–8 outside, where they spend their days exploring the park's forests, streams, meadows and trails with new friends. Activities range from traditional camp crafts to themed hikes like, “Rotten Log Exploration” to a day at the beach. Kids return home full of sand and stories! Download the Critter Camp parent guide >

Dates: August 10–14
Ages: 6–8
Tuition: $150
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Mighty Acorns Nature Camps

Students who participated in Mighty Acorns®  during the school year can live, learn and play with fellow Mighty Acorns from across the Calumet region at this 5-day, 4-night camp in the dunes. Campers are selected from applications received by April 3, 2015. A registration fee of $80 is due once you have been accepted and registered, but there is NO FEE TO APPLY. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.  Made possible through funding to the Northwest Indiana Mighty Acorns Partnership by ArcelorMittal, BP, Chicago Wilderness, Dr. Scholl Foundation, The Kainz Family Foundation, United States Steel Foundation and contributions from parents and individuals. Download the Mighty Acorns Camp Parent Guide >

Dates: July 6–10, July 27–31
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Military Kids Camp

This 5-day, 4-night summer camp includes activities such as swimming in Lake Michigan, hikes in the dunes and s’mores over a campfire as well as counseling and team-building. The camp is open to children with a parent, guardian or sibling who is either currently serving in the military, or has been wounded or killed in action. Last year, all five branches of the armed forces were represented at the camp.

Dates: July 13–17
Registration: Check back in 2015

A shared initiative of the U.S. Army Child, Youth & School Services, Indiana Operation: Military Kids supports youth affected by military deployment through a range of programs. Donations are being accepted via mail at Dunes Learning Center: 700 Howe Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304. Checks should be payable to Dunes Learning Center. Please note Operation Military Kids on the memo line.