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Dunes Learning Center summer camp open houses set for March 11 and April 11

Chesterton, IN – Dunes Learning Center invites families to explore its summer camp residential facilities within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at their upcoming open houses on Wednesday, March 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 11 from 10 to 1 p.m. These free events offer parents and campers an opportunity to tour the campus, meet staff and ask questions about the upcoming summer camp season, June 22 through August 14.

This summer camp program provides children a chance to explore the diverse landscape of the national lakeshore and to participate in a variety of activities, including crafts, games, night hikes, ice cream socials, campfire sing-alongs and beach outings.

"There is more to a walk in the woods than meets the eye," said Erin Crofton, Education Director of Dunes Learning Center. “The experiences children have at camp help build confidence, resilience, skills and friendships that will benefit them for a lifetime.”

Overnight and day camps are available for ages six to seventeen. Camp sessions are supervised by first-aid and CPR trained staff. Residential campers overnight in climate-controlled cabins with indoor bathroom facilities.

Dunes Learning Center is located at 700 Howe Road in Chesterton, Indiana. For more information, attend an open house, call (219) 395-9555 or visit


Dunes Learning Center (DLC) provides year-round curriculum and standards-based experiential environmental education programs for learners of all ages. DLC’s onsite and offsite programs inspire curiosity, scientific literacy, environmental stewardship and community involvement. Located within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the DLC campus occupies 63 acres of rolling woodland at the southern tip of Lake Michigan and is located less than an hour from Chicago. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter @DunesLearning and on our Facebook fan page.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the 407 units of the National Park Service, ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year. More information can be found at

Secretary Jewell Applauds President Obama’s Action to Establish Pullman National Monument

February 19, 2015 - National Park Service Press Release

Pullman National MonumentChicago’s First National Park Honors Labor, Civil Rights Movements

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell applauded President Obama’s action today to establish the Pullman National Monument in Chicago, Illinois. The monument will protect and interpret America’s first planned industrial town and a site associated with important milestones in the labor and civil rights movements.

The Pullman National Monument is one of three new national monuments announced by President Obama today that help tell the story of significant events in American history and protect unique natural resources for the benefit of all Americans. He also launched an “Every Kid in a Park” initiative that will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission to National Parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year. 

“National parks are America’s story teller, so it’s fitting that we are including Pullman and the neighborhood’s rich history in the national park system,” said Secretary Jewell. “Chicago’s first national park will help preserve and honor the stories associated with this unique factory town and the Pullman Company – from the industrial revolution to the struggle for civil rights and economic opportunity.”

The Pullman National Monument is located in Chicago’s South Side on the original Pullman town site. The town was created in the 1880s by the Pullman Palace Car Company to serve as a model factory town to manufacture railroad passenger cars and house factory workers and their families.

President visits Pullman neighborhood to establish national monument

February 20, 2015 - Andrew Steele, The Times

President Barack Obama recalled his days as a community organizer on Chicago's south side as he signed an order Thursday declaring the historic Pullman neighborhood the Pullman National Monument. "It's always fun coming home for me, but this is special," he said. Obama said he took either the 111th or 115th street exit from the Bishop Ford Freeway into the Pullman area "every day for three years."

"To be able to come back here today where I cut my teeth ... that means a lot," Obama said.

The new Pullman National Monument includes 203 acres stretching roughly from East 103rd Street on the north to East 115th on the south; and from South Cottage Grove Avenue on the west eastward toward the Bishop Ford Freeway. "This place has been a milestone in our journey toward a more perfect union," Obama said.

A helpful way to learn about the Dunes

January 21, 2015 - Joan Dittman, Post-Tribune

Within the special place that is the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, there are several unique places.

One is Miller Woods, which includes an oak savannah, a diverse ecosystem that includes both prairie plants that thrive when it’s sunny, as well as shady woodland plants.

The new Stewardship Days program in Miller Woods will provide an interesting way for all to learn more about conservation efforts there and across the dunes, along with an easy way to engage in helping restore and protect one of the unique and wonderful assets within the dunes.

Stewardship Days in Miller Woods begins Saturday and will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Saturday of every month.

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival Coming

January 7, 2015 - The Birding Wire

Indiana Audubon Society is pleased to lead a great partnership to provide the first ever Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, May 7-10, 2015. This first ever event is located at not only Indiana's largest tourist destination, but the greatest birding location in the state, and a top site in the Great Lakes. This year's festival features a keynote presentation by James Currie, host of National Geographic's Birding Adventures TV.

An assortment of field trips, tours, programs, hands on activities, live birds, and more will have a little something for birders of all interest and skill levels. Begin following the activity on their Facebook page or the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival website. IAS members will have special priority registration before all others coming later in February!

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