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.

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 10-13 discover just how fun and exciting nature can be at this summer camp like no other.

Dunes Adventure Camp

New this year! Campers aged 14-16 spend 4 days and 3 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.

Critter Camp

Critter Camp gets kids 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!

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.  Made possible through funding to the Northwest Indiana Mighty Acorns Partnership by ArcelorMittal, BP, Chicago Wilderness, Dr. Scholl Foundation, United States Steel Foundation and contributions from parents and individuals.

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. 

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.