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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore park events and happenings

Holiday Traditions at Indiana Dunes

Join staff and volunteers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as we celebrate “Holiday Traditions in the Dunes.” The program takes place on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at four locations within the park: Chellberg Farm, Bailly Homestead, the Paul H. Douglas Center, and the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. It’s a wonderful…

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Festival Of Lights – Michigan City

    The Annual Festival of Holiday Lights begins on the first Saturday in December 3rd 2022 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm at Michigan City Library (Where Santa Will Be) Washington Park, Michigan City, Indiana and the Snowflake parade (Parade starts at 5pm but early arrival is suggested) after the Tree Lighting. Santa will be present…

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Winter Lights Festival- Valparaiso Indiana

     Porter County Parks & Recreation opened the Winter Lights Drive Thru on Saturday, November 19th, 2022 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd. in Valparaiso. The Winter Lights Drive Thru is open from Nov 19th – Jan 2nd, 2023 from 5pm – 10pm, free, donations accepted. (note, there is no festival in 2021)…

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Uncommon Brant Goose Visits Hammond Indiana

by Carolyn A. Marsh Reprinted from the WRite Stuff News Magazine, November 2016      An uncommon Brant Goose was with Canada Geese in the north basin of George Lake in Hammond. Alan Bruner and Rusty McIntyre discovered the goose on Sept 16.  Alan drives up from Marshall, Indiana to bird the lakefront every year…

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Calumet Heritage Partnership

The Calumet Heritage Partnership, a bi-state non-profit, will present the findings of the feasibility study to create a National Heritage Area for the bi-state Calumet region at its 18th Annual Conference on Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond Indiana. This year’s conference explores the Calumet’s living landscape, asking questions…

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Fall Colors Illuminate LaPorte County Parks

     The beautiful autumn colors are illuminating the county.  Every autumn, as the days get shorter the leaves produce pigments that give them color.  Trees produce spectacular displays of color as the green chlorophyll in their leaves dwindles. The red, purple, orange, yellow and brown shades reflect the great diversity and boasts more than a…

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Active Living Faire – Fishing Clinic & Bike Ride

    The 18th annual Active Living Faire at Wolf Lake will feature a fishing clinic for youngsters and the bi-state Labor Day Bike Ride on Monday, Sept. 6.      Sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative (AWLI), the 20-mile ride, with frequent stops along the way, will begin at 8:30 a.m.…

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Apples Festival at Indiana Dunes- Cancelled

     Celebrate autumn with an Apples Festival at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm that was to be held Saturday,  September  18TH, 2021 has been cancelled. from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Fun is the theme of the weekend interleaved with the celebration of the all American Apple.  Admission and parking are free.…

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National Park Service 100th Anniversary Concert

In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Dunes Learning Center are bringing the Northwest Indiana Symphony to West Beach on Saturday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m. for a free concert with the magnificent dunes as the backdrop. Enjoy the 40 piece symphony orchestra under the direction of…

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Gabis Arboretum Opens New Playground

Children can now hop aboard for active play when visiting Taltree thanks to a generous donation of train-themed playground equipment in the nonprofit’s Railway Garden. Taltree was renamed Gabis Arboretum in 2018.  The two-piece playground features climbing and crawling features, a slide, pretend play and more. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, contributed $13,000…

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