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Fourth Graders to Receive Every Kid in a Park Passes

March 27, 2017 - Grace Lee, National Park Trust

Partners are coming together to ensure kids across America can experience our national parks and public lands. The National Park Trust, The North Face, and Outdoors Alliance for Kids will join the National Park Service to co-host an Every Kid in a Park event at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for 60 fourth graders from the Chicago Academy. This is the fourth event to be hosted in five different cities (NYC, D.C, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston) all funded by The North Face Explore Fund.

The Every Kid in a Park program allows all fourth graders and their families free access to all federal lands for an entire year. This Every Kid in a Park launch event will feature a welcome program with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Paul Labovitz as well as speakers from National Park Trust.

Team announced for restoration of The House of Tomorrow in Beverly Shores

March 16, 2017 - Chesterton Tribune

The team chosen to lead the rehabilitation of The House of Tomorrow was announced this month by Indiana Landmarks and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The House of Tomorrow--America’s first all-glass residence, designed by Chicago architect George Fred Keck for the 1933-34 Chicago Century of Progress World’s Fair and named a National Treasure last year by the National Trust--currently sits, dilapidated, atop a sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Beverly Shores.

The design team working to rehabilitate America’s first glass house includes the following Chicago-based firms: bKL Architecture; Bauer Latoza Studio; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.; Willoughby Engineering; and HJKessler Associates.

Last fall Indiana Landmarks and the National Trust launched a $2.5-million campaign to restore the house, and National Park Service and Indiana State Historic Preservation staff will ensure the project meets preservation standards.

Legislation introduced to make national lakeshore a national park

March 10, 2017 - Northwest Indiana Times

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, both Hoosier Democrats, have revived legislation to designate the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as a national park.

Donnelly and Visclosky said they have the support of the entire Indiana congressional delegation.

The legislation introduced Wednesday would rename the park as the Indiana Dunes National Park and create the first national park in Indiana and the 60th national park in the United States, which Donnelly and Visclosky say would give greater recognition to the natural beauty of the dunes and potentially draw more visitors and boost the local economy.

Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service, proposed designating the southern shore of Lake Michigan as the Sand Dunes National Park in 1916 because of the vast biological diversity and geological features of the Northwest Indiana lakeshore. The proposal, however, was abandoned at the onset of World War I.

National Park Service to Hire Youth Workers for Summer 2017

March 1, 2017 - Florida Harris, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has jobs for 10 teenagers this summer. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program is a work-learn-earn program for 15-18 year-olds. The deadline to apply is April 22, 2017.   

Participants are paid $7.25 an hour for the 40-hour work week. The program runs from June 4 to August 12, 2017, and applicants should be prepared to work the entire length of the program. Youth jobs include working as part of a crew to do a variety of manual labor tasks, normally outdoors. The crews perform work such as staining, painting and caulking the exterior of park buildings and work as grounds maintenance (mowing grass, picking up trash, cleaning restrooms, etc.) and trails rehabilitation.

No experience is necessary. Participants will be selected by random draw from the pool of applications.

Housing Needed for National Lakeshore’s Summer Employees

January 11, 2017

The National Park Service is in need of short-term housing near Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for the summer’s seasonal workforce of park rangers, guides, maintenance workers, and research aids.

Summer employees often have difficulty in finding suitable short-term housing. Most of the employees are college students or people just starting their careers and have limited budgets. Many apartments will not lease or rent for less than six months or a year and the park's summer employees typically work less than that starting in May. Most employees will be looking for temporary, (two to six months), housing, preferably furnished apartments or rooms with cooking privileges.

Persons interested in receiving referrals for summer renters from Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore should contact Administrative Support Assistant Florida Harris, at 219-395-8585 ext. 1772.