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Indiana Dunes Guide 2016

50th Anniversary

brochure Indiana Dunes Guide 2016 - 50th Anniversary
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Official Trip Planner of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore The SINGING SANDS 2016 - Vol. 37 No. 1 - 50th Year Anniversary Saving the Dunes: Then and Now by: Nicole Barker, Executive Director, Save the Dunes 100 Years Let’s Celebrate! The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration! The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. We invite you to find your park and discover the national parks and programs in your own backyard! Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore turns 50 on November 5, 2016. We invite you to take part in the celebrations happening throughout this special year. Contact Information ADDRESS Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road Porter, IN 46304 (GPS - N41.6336 W87.0544) PHONE 219-395-1882 visitor information E-MAIL indu_communications@nps.gov WEBSITE www.nps.gov/indu www.facebook.com/ IndianaDunesNL I t’s a simple fact: the dunes would not have been saved for the enjoyment of future generations without the work of passionate advocates. The fight to save the dunes began in the early 1900s. A diverse group of people rallied around the cause as development sprawled from Chicago towards Northwest Indiana at an alarming pace. They succeeded in establishing the Indiana Dunes State Park in the 1920s, but there were still pristine areas along the lake threatened by development. Through two World Wars and the Great Depression, advocates for the dunes never gave up hope. The Save the Dunes Council formed in 1952 under the leadership of Dorothy Buell, an English teacher who spoke eloquently of the need for preservation. Thankfully, their call for a national park in the dunes was heard by Senator Paul Douglas of Illinois. With a champion in the halls of Congress, the group succeeded in establishing our beloved Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 1966. The park was created in a compromise that would shape Northwest Indiana’s identity going forward–a port would also be developed, and the region would forever have the challenge of balancing the needs of nature, industry and community. Save the Dunes is proud to carry on that work today. The organization has worked tirelessly in the decades since to address challenges that the founding members might never have imagined. In the years following the creation of the park, notable Save the Dunes members organized opposition to projects Today, Save the Dunes is keenly focused on threats to the natural resources and biodiversity of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. As the 7th most diverse unit in the National Park System, there is a lot to lose if we do not properly steward this incredible resource we have in our backyards. The top threats to the dunes today are invasive species, potential climate change impacts, fragmentation, and lack of sufficient funds to address these threats effectively. Save the Dunes is hard at work protecting our special dunes biodiversity by securing funding, planning for climate change adaptation strategies, and spearheading regional collaborations between government agencies, land trusts, nonprofits, heavy industry, and the community. As we approach the 50th anniversary of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Save the Dunes reflects on the struggles behind us, while adapting to address the challenges of today Senator Paul H. Douglas leading the charge to save the dunes. and tomorrow. What began as an inspiring group of passionate volunteer activists has grown into a diverse organization with environmental professionals on staff, working every day to build strong partnerships across the region. Saving the dunes today means working together across many perceived boundaries to recognize our common interests and our shared love of the lakeshore. Through collaboration, mutual respect, positive energy and the right know-how, we can ensure that generations to come will have the dunes to enjoy as a place of wonder and respite. It may take time, but if looking out on the dunes shows us anything, it is that amazing things happen over time in the right environment. Happy 50th, INDU. I encourage you to learn more about our work at www.savedunes.org, seek us out on Facebook and on Twitter at @ savedunesin. Dorothy Buell directed her enthusiasm, determination, and fearlessness toward a single goal, saving the Indiana Dunes! Visitor Centers - A Great Place to Start Unless otherwise posted, the public areas of the park are open from sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Most parking areas are open from 7:00 a.m. until 30 minutes after sunset. Lake View parking area remains open until 11:00 p.m. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ indianadunes http://twitter.com/IndianaDunesNPS Call 1-800-PARKTIP (727-5847) to report emergencies, and suspicious or criminal activity. Printed on Recycled Paper that were inappropriate for the park, such as a proposed nuclear power plant. There has always been a new generation of dunes advocates ready to carry on the legacy. Paul H. Douglas Center Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center Located on 100 N. Lake St. Miller, Indiana, 46403. Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Located at 1215 North State Rd 49 in Porter, Indiana. Open daily 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the summer and 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the winter. GPS: N41.6336 W87.0544 (Winter: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon. - Sat.) GPS: N41.6061 W87.2678 Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 2 For more program information please call 219.395.1882 Anniversary Programs Date & Time Program November 2015 Description Location Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Saturday 7 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm An Afternoon with Diana of the Dunes Presentation and author book signing of one of Duneland’s most colorful and mysterious historic persons. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Saturday 7 Times vary by season 1st Saturday Night Stargazing Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Kemil Beach parking lot Saturday 7, 14, 21, 28 7:00 am - 10:00 am Birding with Ken Brock Ken Brock will be leading a birding program. Portage Lakefront Sunday 8 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm An Afternoon with Octave Chanute Presentation of early flight enthusiast, Octave Chanute and viewing of the visitor center’s own Chanute Glider replica. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Saturday 28 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Water Wonders of the Great Lakes Professor Oops will teach families about the wonders of our Great Lakes with fun activities for kids of all ages. Douglas Center December 2015 Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Saturday 5 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Holiday Traditions in the Dunes Celebrate the holidays through music, dance, crafts, and other activities at various national lakeshore locations. Bailly Homestead, Chellberg Farm & Douglas Center Saturday 5 Times vary by season 1st Saturday Night Stargazing Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Kemil Beach parking lot Wednesday 30 Register 219.395.1885 Christmas Bird Count Help tally the trend of our bird population in a 24 hour time period during the Christmas season. West End INDU/Douglas Center January 2016 Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Saturday 2 Times vary by season 1st Saturday Night Stargazing Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Kemil Beach parking lot Saturday 9 10:00 am & 12:30 pm In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrate and honor the legacy and commitment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders. Douglas Center Saturday 9 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Dunes Learning Center Winter Open House Family-friendly event with various activities, such as nature crafts, snow shoe hikes, and indoor campfire sing-alongs. Dunes Learning Center Monday 18 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Martin Luther King Day of Service Calling families and friends to come celebrate the works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering at the park. Douglas Center February 2016 Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Saturday 6 Times vary by season 1st Saturday Night Stargazing Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Kemil Beach parking lot Friday 26 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm You Can’t Get There From Here Anymore! A historic look into the early days and development of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Saturday 27 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm A Patchwork of History Passed Down Peggy Whitlow shares her family heritage through traditional quilt making. Family quilts will be on display. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center March 2016 Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Saturday & Sunday 5,6 & 12,13 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Maple Sugar Time Get a sweet taste and experience the making of maple syrup throughout time. Admission for all activities is free. Chellberg Farm Thursday 3 - Friday 11 Call 219.395.1885 Maple Sugar Time (school groups) School groups can also experience the making of maple syrup throughout time. Chellberg Farm Saturday 19 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm The Prairie Club in the Indiana Dunes Historical presentation of the first group’s efforts to save the Indiana Dunes from industrial growth. Westchester Township History Museum April 2016 Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Saturday 2 Times vary by season 1st Saturday Night Stargazing Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Kemil Beach parking lot Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 Call 219.395.1987 Indiana Dunes Science Conference Learn about current research and how science informs decision making for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Chicago State University Saturday 9 8:00 am - 1:00 pm 20th Annual FRIENDS Native Plant Sale Annual plant sale by partners Friends of the Dunes. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Saturday 9 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Dunes Learning Center Summer Camp Open House Tour the Dunes Learning Center’s campus and enjoy refreshments with family fun games and activities. Dunes Learning Center Saturday 16 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 50 years of Photography in the Indiana Dunes - with David Larson Presentation and opening exhibition of David Larson’s 50 years of photographing the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Saturday 16 - Sunday 24 Call 219.395.1882 National Park Week Calling all families and friends to hike, bike, horseback ride, or paddle and volunteer in the park. Various locations Saturday 23 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Green Gary Celebrate Earth Day at this family-oriented event. Exhibits and interactive activities for everyone. Douglas Center & Marquette Park May 2016 Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Thursday 5 - Sunday 8 See website in description INDU Birding Festival Birding programs and expert-led hikes throughout the dune region. Fees may apply. www.indianabirdingfestival.com Various locations Saturday 7 Times vary by season 1st Saturday Night Stargazing Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Kemil Beach parking lot Saturday 14 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm In a Pickle or a Jam: “Preserving” The Bounty Join the creative Chellberg Farm cooks and learn how to preserve the “vegetable garden’s bounty” for future use. Chellberg Farm Kitchen Friday 20 & Saturday 21 Call 219.395.1882 Miller Woods BioBlitz Conduct scientific inventory of the Miller Woods. Douglas Center Saturday 21 Reservations 219.395.1882 Logs to Lustrons Tour Ranger-led presentation and tour of 150 years of Architecture in the Dunes. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Tuesday 24 Call 219.395.1882 1st Pitch - South Bend Cubs See Superintendent Paul Labovitz throw out the 1st pitch at a South Bend Cubs home game! South Bend Cubs Stadium Friday 27 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Photographing the Dunes - A workshop by David Larson Capture the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore with a free photography workshop by David Larson. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Additional programs may be available. Programs subject to change without notice. 3 Date & Time Program June 2016 Description Location Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Saturday 4 Times vary by season 1st Saturday Night Stargazing Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Kemil Beach parking lot Saturday 4 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Hobart Prairie Grove Trail Dedication Explore the new trail system adjacent to Lake George with hiking, biking, and other activities. Hobart Prairie Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Before Bailly: Life of Early Settlers Along the Calumet A celebration of the early settlers life in Northwest Indiana’s wild frontier from 1730 to 1830. Bailly Homestead Saturday 11 9:00 am - 11:00 am The Life and Times of Amphibians Hike with ecologist Dr. Spencer Cortwright and learn the importance of life in marshes, swamps and wetlands. Cowles Bog Saturday 11 11:00 am - 3:00 pm National Get Outdoors Day Free family fun guided hikes, crafts, animal interactions, kayak demonstrations, live music and picnicking. Dunes Learning Center Saturday 18 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm In a Pickle or a Jam: “Preserving” The Bounty Join the creative Chellberg Farm cooks and learn how to preserve the “vegetable garden’s bounty” for future use. Chellberg Farm Kitchen Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 10:00 pm - 4:00 pm Architecture Camp Educating local history and architecture to children ages 8-12. Crafts, field trips, and networking with professionals. Field Station Cooperative Saturday 25 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Midsummer Celebration Celebrate the summer solstice with traditional Swedish music, dance, and food. Chellberg Farm July 2016 Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Saturday 2 10:00 am & 12:30 pm In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebrate and honor the legacy and commitment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders. Douglas Center Sunday 3 11:00 am - Dusk Lightning Bug Music Festival Come celebrate summer and music. Tickets are required. www.LightningBugMusicFestival.com Sunset Hill Park Saturday 9 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Old Fashioned Toys and Games Come out and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun times at the farm. Chellberg Farm Saturday 16 Reservations 219.395.1882 South Shore Railroad Day Learn about the South Shore Interurban Rail Cars and the history behind the unique partnership that saved them. East Troy, WI Saturday 23 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm In a Pickle or a Jam: “Preserving” The Bounty Join the creative Chellberg Farm cooks and learn how to preserve the “vegetable garden’s bounty” for future use. Chellberg Farm Kitchen Saturday 30 Call 219.395.1882 Paddle the Lake Michigan Water Trail Paddle the shore of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Shoreline from Marquette to Washington Parks August 2016 Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Saturday 6 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Old Fashioned Toys and Activities Come out and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun times at the farm. Chellberg Farm Saturday 6 Times vary by season 1st Saturday Night Stargazing Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Kemil Beach parking lot Friday 12 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Perseid Meteor Shower Watch the night sky light up with shooting stars. West Beach Friday 19 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Music Heritage Series: Songs From 1916 Enjoy traditional music associated with the Ragtime and Jazz Eras, World War I and patriotism. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Saturday 20 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm In a Pickle or a Jam: “Preserving” The Bounty Join the creative Chellberg Farm cooks and learn how to preserve the “vegetable garden’s bounty” for future use. Chellberg Farm Kitchen Friday 26 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm You Can’t Get There From Here Anymore! A historic look into the early days and development of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Dunewood Campground Saturday 27 7:30 pm NPS 100th Anniversary Concert Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks with a free concert by the Northwest Indiana Symphony. West Beach September 2016 Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Saturday 3 Times vary by season 1st Saturday Night Stargazing Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Kemil Beach parking lot Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Apples, Apples, Apples Celebrate apples through cooking and preserving demonstrations, traditional music, crafts and activities. Chellberg Farm Kitchen Saturday 24 9:00 am - 2:00 pm National Public Lands Day Volunteer by improving trails, painting buildings, attacking invasive plants, repairing fences and more. Various locations Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 Call 219.395.1882 Dunes Blowout Celebrate the connection between landscape, imagination, and performance with actors, dancers and musicians. West Beach October 2016 Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Saturday 1 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm INDU History Scavenger Hunt Clues will send participants throughout the national lakeshore to solve puzzles and complete the challenge. Chellberg Farm Saturday 1 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm In a Pickle or a Jam: “Preserving” The Bounty Join the creative Chellberg Farm cooks and learn how to preserve the “vegetable garden’s bounty” for future use. Chellberg Farm Kitchen Saturday 1 Times vary by season 1st Saturday Night Stargazing Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Kemil Beach parking lot Saturday 8 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Great Lakes - A Concert by Lee Murdock Celebrate our region’s most precious natural source – with a concert by singer/song writer Lee Murdock. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 Reservations 219.395.1882 Century of Progress Homes Tour A ranger-led tour of five historic homes from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Tour spaces sell-out fast. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Saturday 29 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Historic Halloween Fun Join some very “tricky” volunteers as they prepare the farmhouse for the holiday. Chellberg Farm November 2016 Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Saturday 5 All Day. Call 219.395.1882 INDU 50th Anniversary Party Celebrate those who fought hard to create this national park and help us to look forward to greater possibilities. Various Locations Saturday 5 Times vary by season 1st Saturday Night Stargazing Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. Kemil Beach parking lot Friday 18 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Music Heritage Series: Songs From A 1966 Coffee House Gather up the Save the Tunes Council for traditional music associated with a 1966 coffee house. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center December 2016 Saturday 10 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Call 219.395.1882 for more program information Holiday Traditions in the Dunes Celebrate the holidays through music, dance, crafts, and other activities at various national lakeshore locations. Bailly Homestead, Chellberg Farm & Douglas Center 4 #Findyourpark kinson Raffi Wil teer: No place in Rafi Wilkinson, volun off the ecology ws the park better sho s than Miller ne du the of and beauty from the Paul Woods. Take the trail way to the the Douglas Center all annas and sav k oa e lake. From rar towering dunes interdunal pannes to ross the lake, ac and sweeping views the park. off ws sho this trail really ise om pr com the ts gh hli Miller Woods also hig the lake. ng alo and industry between conservation I love growing up in the dunes. Taking wildflower hikes with my mom, climbing the dunes with my dad and just exploring the beach with my cousins and friends. I’ve always thought about leaving this place when I get older but I know I’m going to miss living near the national lakeshore. I’m very lucky to have such a cool place to grow up in. Jada Walton Tag and share your park experience #findyourpark Enrique Pu lido I would have to say my favorite park is the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore! Why? Because no matter how many beautiful parks I’ve been too for example Crater Lake, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Sleeping Bear, Point Reyes Etc. No matter what I always think of the Dunes where I started my journey and where my dunes family lives! I feel like when I’m in this park I’m home This park has done so much for me and I only wish I can repay this park for giving me such a great life . In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016, we invite you to share your favorite park story on the Find Your Park website at www.findyourpark.com. 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It s that bra e and bird p a sc d n la DJ Frampton The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a wonderful place where I love to lay on the beach with friends or go hiking on a trail, especially the Cowles Bog trails. There are so many different birds and plants to see and you never know who you might run into, maybe a white tailed deer, brown snake, or even a blue spotted salamander. Working within the park has given me some very special memories that I will cherish forever and this is only the beginning, I can’t wait to make even more memories! y things I love There are so man This summer about our park! er, r-Ranger-Teach being the Teache y an rience so m I was able to expe I kayaked . gs in th wonderful summer and Penny Callahan with a group this y! Kayaking is a bb ho w ne a d un fo the park and to enjoy nature. wonderful way joy the beauty of en d an ke hi to s area t I call the horse I also found new time out in wha ng di st en sp ve lo was one of the be since 1972, I still is past summer Th s. ne Du d oo trails--Glenw is park! I sure do love th summers ever! Every Kid in a Park Program Every Kid in a Park is a national program providing 4th graders with the opportunity to earn a free pass, good for a year, to any of the national parks or other federal lands. This Fourth Grade Pass is being rolled out at the start of the school year as part of the lead up to the 100th anniversary of the National Park System in 2016. • • • • • • www.everykidinapark.gov The free pass is available to U.S. 4th graders with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper voucher. The pass is valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September -August). Paper vouchers can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website and can be exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at Federal recreation sites that charge Entrance or Standard Amenity fees. The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and Paul H. Douglas Center are two locations where vouchers can be exchanged for passes. Digital versions of the voucher (such as on smart phones or tablets) will not be accepted to exchange for an Annual 4th Grade Pass. The pass is non-transferable. Educators can help their students get vouchers and passes. Learn more at the Every Kid in a Park website. 5 Indiana Dunes - The Middle Years (1977 - 2007) Article by former park superintendent Dale Engquist M uch was accomplished in the early years under the first Superintendent, J.R. Whitehouse. The 1976 expansion bill added over 4,000 acres and initial development began, including West Beach, still the park’s largest development. As we celebrate the 50th, we should remember J.R. His achievements were remarkable, especially in a time characterized by bitter conflict, threatening both his job and the park; Interior Secretary James Watts wanted to deauthorize the park. Environmentalists mourned the loss of the Central Dunes that they had fought so hard for. Their feelings of animosity toward industry were so strong that, when US Steel donated over 200 acres of Miller Woods to us in 1981, it wasn’t viewed by Save the Dunes as a gift, but as an ‘unholy” compromise with industry. But, things gradually changed. We restored the Chellberg Farm as a living farm with seasonal festivals, and it became the focal point for community involvement in our volunteer program. NIPSCO donated land and easements in their Greenbelt to add to and provide access to the Cowles Dunes and wetlands. Midwest Steel, rather than entombing their hazardous waste lagoons on Burns Ditch, chose to reclaim the area thereby allowing a remarkable partnership of the park, City of Portage, Porter County, the State and Regional Development Authority to further restore, develop and provide access to the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. Other partnerships developed with the Friends of Indiana Dunes, a preschool in the park, and with the Dunes Learning Center to manage our residential education programs in new camp facilities, proudly built almost entirely by our own park staff. Our partners in Porter County Tourism gave us a new visitor center and Indiana Landmarks Foundation helped us restore the World’s Fair homes and other historic structures. Learning Center. We also developed and implemented science based resource management programs to guide our work in habitat restoration, including implementation of controlled burn programs that also protected our neighbors from wildfires. Much more needs to be done; resource management and protection will be a never ending responsibility. We now have partners to help us preserve the outstanding resources of Northwest Indiana. Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has a long range plan that recognizes the importance of our environmental assets. Efforts to include the Little Calumet River in the park failed, but now the State has designated it a special Conservation Corridor, with Save the Dunes, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, and other partners working together to preserve its valuable wetlands and floodplain and provide access for recreation. A decision was made 50 years ago to authorize a National Park in the midst of heavy industry, surrounding and abutting a variety of residential communities, and crisscrossed with rights-of-way for highways, pipelines, railroads, and utility corridors. It might not have worked, but it has. Its nature makes it difficult to manage and there are new fiscal constraints but, I know that Superintendent Paul Labovitz and his successors, with the support of our partners and friends, will succeed and the park will prosper. Land acquisition was a continuing effort until we owned most all the land in the park when I retired in 2007. Expansion bills, managing and restoring new lands, overseeing almost 500 “leasebacks” homes purchased but remaining occupied, was a major management burden. In the end we acquired nearly 6,000 individual parcels comprising almost 11,000 acres. We worked with partners to develop and expand environmental education, especially at the Paul H. Douglas Center and the Dunes 1983 Dale Engquist becomes second Superintendent Dorothy Buell and the first Superintendent, James R. Whitehouse (circa 1970) The Future of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore H elp us celebrate fifty years of exploration and learning at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The year 2016 looks to be a busy one celebrating both the 50th anniversary of Indiana Dunes and the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Reflecting back isn’t as much fun as looking forward. What can, and will, we be doing here for the next fifty years? Much of the future will include continuing the great work being done today. The restoration of rare and critical habitats remains an important part of the Indiana Dunes. As important, is the increasing understanding of our role as a National Park, in connecting visitors, neighbors and friends to the natural and cultural world. Indiana Dunes is a place where people learn how to play outside. Indiana Dunes rangers broker what are transformational experiences for young people and adults alike, in our world where it is easier at times to look at a screen. The direction here is for the team of park rangers to be sunburnt with mud-caked boots full of sand every day. Public programming and good, sound science are the goals. Also critical is the understanding that Indiana Dunes is more than the beach in the summer. Indiana Dunes is a year-around destination with opportunities for the highest quality national park experience anytime. The Every Kid in a Park program provides a park pass for all public lands to fourth graders and their families. Find Your Park challenges us all to know where our public spaces are located. Here we are not alone in providing our visitors with outdoor places to refresh and rejuvenate. Our county and municipal park partners invite you in as well. Indiana Dunes State Park invites you over to enjoy one of the nation’s best state parks. Park partners like the National Parks & Conservation Association, Dunes National Park Association, Dunes Learning Center, Friends of Indiana Dunes, Save the Dunes and the Shirley Heinze Land Trust collaborate in our region to create this amazing system of protected public open space as our best outdoor classrooms. You can enjoy your national park from the gunwale of a Voyageur canoe or the window of a South Shore Line train and anything and everything in-between. However you decide, we hope to see you here during this important 2016 anniversary year and let me know what you think. Paul Labovitz, Superintendent paul_labovitz@nps.gov 6 Happy Birthday! ! u o Y k Than Our gratitude to the many visitors, organizations, volunteers, partners, neighbors, employees, and the many individuals who have cared for this special place! May it be a special 100th birthday for the National Park Service and wonderful 50th for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. We want to call out some of the partners involved in planning and implementing the programs and projects lined up for 2016. Dunes Learning Center Dunes National Park Association Indiana Landmarks Save the Dunes Prairie Club Indiana DNR National Parks Conservation Association Porter County Tourism Field Museum Shirley Heinze Land Trust Portage Parks Department Friends of Indiana Dunes Porter County Museums Associations Coffee Creek Conservancy East Troy Electric Railroad Eastern National Gary Department of Green Urbanism Northwest Indiana Paddlers Association Save the Tunes Volunteers Student Conservation Association Chicago State University Indiana Geological Survey Environmental Protection Agency - Region 5 Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Field Station Cooperative Preschool Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Indiana Dunes Tourism South Shore Convention and Visitor Bureau Indiana Dunes State Park LaPorte County Tourism Peggy Notebart Nature Museum Portage Parks Department Gary Parks and Recreation Department Westchester Historical Society Indiana University Northwest For Goodness Sake Productio

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