The dunes of Indiana have a long and fascinating history of attracting scientists, teachers, and students alike to study and explore globally rare ecosystems.
Thousands of students participate in education programs at the national lakeshore every year. The national lakeshore offers programs at various locations throughout Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties, such as the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, the historic areas of Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm, and natural areas and trails throughout the park. It is a wonderful place to bring students for ranger-led programs or for self-guided exploration.
At the NPS Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore website you can:
- Plan a field trip
- Access Professional Development resources
- Choose materials for loan
- Discover great online games
- Find suggested reading
- And much more!
Kids, you can enjoy the dunes in many ways whether you are at home, in school, or at the park.
At the Park
- Hike one of the many trails
- Visit Chellberg Farm and the Bailly Homestead
- Enjoy a picnic with friends and family
- Come out for a program with family, friends, school, and organized group
- Visit the beach
- Become a Junior Ranger
At Home or School
- Watch one of the Park videos
- Learn about the different plants from the plant slide show
- Complete the Water Safety Challenge
- Complete the Web Ranger Challenge
Things to know before you come to the park