Category Archives: Indiana Dunes

Save the Dunes Active Supports Great Lakes Coalition

     Boosting federal Great Lakes restoration investments. Ramping upfunding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Enacting a nationwide moratorium on water shut-offs. Prioritizing the communities most impacted by pollution and harm. These are some of the 2021 priorities that Great Lakes advocates brought to members of Congress via dozens of virtual meetings during the…

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Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale – Order Only

Due to the continued Covid restrictions, the 2021 Native Plant Sale is by order only. The Order Forms are available for printing at the Friends’ website (dunefriends.org) or from a link on our Facebook page.  Paper copies of the 25th Annual Native Plant Sale Order Form are available at the State Park Office and Nature…

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PanoramaNOW is 35 Years Old

     “The continued success of the PanoramaNOW Entertainment News, located downtown Valparaiso Indiana, is in no small way a small feat. But with the support of our loyal repeat advertisers and the loyal readers who look forward to every issue, PanoramaNOW is just as popular today as it was thirty years ago,” stated Susie Young…

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Diana Of the Dunes Explained Online

More than 100 years ago, Alice Mabel Gray left her city life in Chicago, choosing instead to live in an abandoned shanty along the wild shoreline of the Indiana Dunes. For the next 10 years, as she explored her beloved dunes, she withstood both natural hardships and those created by a relentless, sensation-driven press. She…

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Birding Festival 2021

     Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May 13th – May 16th 2021 at the annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival.        Start making plans for a return to #dunesbirding with the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, May 13-16, 2021. The 2021 event will be a hybrid/virtual event, with both in-person…

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Connect to the Outdoors with First Day Hike

As part of a 50-state initiative, America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year with a rejuvenating healthy hike connecting with the outdoors. Join us at the Indiana Dunes State Park where this annual tradition will look a little different this year as YOU get to…

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Indiana Dunes Movie Premieres In Valparaiso

     Indiana Dunes Tourism, in partnership with the National Park Service and Smith Donovan, is celebrating the new film at a nature-themed outdoor movie night fundraiser at the 49er Drive-In on October 8, 2020.      The premiere of the new Indiana Dunes National Park documentary film, Indiana Dunes: Nature’s Masterpiece takes place on…

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Chautauqua In the Dunes Is Happening!

Relive the cultural, educational, artistic, and historic experience of the 1880s-1920s Chautauquas. Based on the model of the Chautauqua Institute in New York, guests will experience lectures, interactive discussions, hands-on workshops, artistic performances, and a creative makerspace. Chautauqua in the Dunes brings together learners of all ages to explore and engage the mind, body, and…

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4 Fun Tourist Destinations in Northwest Indiana

4 Fun Tourist Destinations in Northwest Indiana

Taking a trip this year is difficult with the necessary COVID-19 precautions, but there are ways for you to still get away. Whether you’re a Midwesterner looking to stay local or from farther away, northwest Indiana is a prime spot for outdoor fun. Peruse these four fun tourist destinations in northwest Indiana as you plan…

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Endangered Species Found In Cedar Lake Indiana

     On July 2nd, 2020 Humane Indiana Wildlife received a call about two young chicks found in a window well in Cedar Lake, IN. Upon further communication with the two teens who found the chicks, it was determined the chicks were actually Virginia Rails, an endangered species in the state of Indiana. “When the finders…

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