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Beach at Mount Baldy to Reopen at National Lakeshore

Beach-at-Mount-Baldy-to-Reopen-at-National-LakeshoreThe National Park Service has announced that the beach at Mount Baldy, located in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, will reopen on July 14th at noon. The Mount Baldy area has been closed since the summer of 2013 when holes began opening up on the dune’s surface from decaying trees. Safe access to the beach was also destroyed by beach erosion.

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It’s all A-buzz at the Washington Park Zoo!

pollinator-pathway-01The Washington Park Zoo proudly announces it’s joint partnership with Franklin Pest Solutions for their new Pollinator Pathway Garden. With a generous donation from Franklin Pest Solutions, the Washington Park Zoo was able to create a natural wildlife habitat to demonstrate a significant example of the conservation power each person or organization has to help wildlife in their own backyards just by adding features to their landscape.

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Cripple Creek highlights annual Stone Lake Beach party

Cripple-creek-arts-in-the-parkOnce again, Arts in the Park will shift the fun to Stone Lake Beach for a special holiday concert featuring Cripple Creek.

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Summertime is the Perfect Time to Bring Your Bikes on the South Shore Line!


Imagine taking your bike to the Indiana Dunes for the day and biking along their beautiful trails or spending the day in Chicago without having to worry about utilizing expensive transportation throughout the city. These are just two of many realities made possible by the Bikes on Trains program offered by the South Shore Line.

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Hundreds Turn Out for 2017 National Get Outdoors Day

“That’s a big one!”

dlc-go-day-2017It was hard to tell who was more excited as father and son admired the contents of their dip net—a 2 inch crayfish. The small group of parents and kids gathered on the bank of the Little Calumet River glanced over appreciatively.

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A New Chellberg Farm Family is Making the Farm Cool Again

New-Chellberg-Farm-Family-is-Making-the-Farm-Cool-Again-2017_01Years ago, Annette Hansen and her son stopped by the Chellberg Farm in Porter to see the animals. There were pigs to pet, cows to moo with, and chickens to peck and poke.

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Hammond's 2017 Summer Recreation Program

Hammond-Parks-2017Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation present: Summer Recreation 2017, a supervised program with Arts & Crafts, Sports and Games.

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City of Michigan City Shares Swimming Safety Tips


As swim season approaches, the City of Michigan City, Michigan City Fire Department and Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department encourage children and parents in the area to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind.

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Friendship Botanic Gardens Opens for the 2017 Season on Saturday, May 6th

Friendship-Botanic-Gardens-Opens-for-the-2017-Season_01Friendship Botanic Gardens is officially opening to the public and commencing our 2017 season this Saturday, from 10am to 6pm CDT. This is your chance to see the the incredible transformations made possible by the tireless efforts of our Board, staff, and volunteers. Families can check out the newest additions to the ArcelorMittal Children's Garden -- an arena for nature-based play and learning experiences created thanks to the support of the ArcelorMittal Corporation.

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Generous Donors Send Record Number of Kids to Camp in the Dunes

Summer-Camp-National-ParkIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore education partner, Dunes Learning Center is set to award a record number of summer camp scholarships this year, according to executive director Geof Benson.

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Dunes Learning Center Receives $2,500 Environmental Grant from Patagonia

Military-Kids-to-CampIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore education partner, Dunes Learning Center, is proud to be the recipient of a $2,500 Patagonia Environmental Grant to engage youth through field-based stewardship and learning in their communities.

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