Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Duneland Heritage Days Festival Coming To Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Come September 17 and 18 they'll be celebrating Duneland Heritage Days with a festival at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Trains of Discovery: Railroads and the Legacy of Our National Parks For years I've been searching for railroad memorabilia tied to the national parks: Posters, luggage stickers, calendars, even timetables from the Northern Pacific, Great Northern Railway, Southern Pacific, Union Pacific.

NPCA Report: America's National Parks Have Troubling Problems With Natural, Cultural, Historic Resources

A report out today from the National Parks Conservation Association paints a distressing picture of the health of the National Park System just five years out from the centennial of the National Park Service.

Best Family Beach in the NPS? Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Claims a Winner

There are hundreds of miles of beaches in the National Park System, but which ones are tops for families? According to Parents Magazine, only one of America's "Ten Best Beaches for Families" is found in an NPS area.

Lake Michigan Water Trail To Be Dedicated As National Recreation Trail

Mention "National Recreation Trail" and no one would be surprised if you immediately thought about taking a hike. But soon that tag will be attached to a watery route in Lake Michigan.

National Park Mystery Plant 19 Revealed

Eight words in two odd sentences contained all the information you needed.

National Park Mystery Plant 17 Revealed

It helped if you knew where van Gogh was from.

Record Visitation Seen At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 2010

Not only did Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore welcome a record number of visitors last year, but most came from out of the immediate area, demonstrating the pull sandy beaches and cool waters can have during a hot summer.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Fees Show Little Change This Year

An updated fee schedule for visiting Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this year shows very little change, other than a $30-per-night fee for group camping at a yet-to-be-developed campground at the lakeshore at a $5 per night charge for kayak lockers.

Survey of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitors Points to Need For More Rangers, More Funding, Better Access

Results of a survey of visitors to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore could likely be applied to many units of the National Park System: Those who took the survey said there's a need for more rangers, better funding, and improved access.

National Park Service Ships Historic Railroad Cars to East Troy Electric Railroad

Railroad buffs are about the most dedicated bunch you can find, flocking to model train shows and to rail yard sidings to glimpse historic engines and rolling stock. Now, thanks to National Park Service efforts, they have a new destination: The East Troy Electric Railroad in Wisconsin where five historic South Shore Railroad Cars have been put back in action.

Lakefront Building At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Earns Top Energy/Environmental Certification

A visitor facility at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has been according a LEED Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council for its design.

Odds and Ends From Visitor Surveys at National Parks: You'd Be Surprised At Some of the Answers

Pay attention, national park managers and staff. If there's nothing else you do well, be sure to keep the restrooms clean and stocked.

Mark Your Calendars: Duneland Heritage Days at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Another September weekend is on tap with another festival to enjoy in the National Park System. This time the backdrop is Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and the event is the first annual Duneland Heritage Days.

Popular Junior Ranger Program is Expanding to Add "Let's Move Outside" Activities

The popular Junior Ranger Program, which lets kids earn a patch, badge, certificate or similar award for completing activities in many national parks, is expanding to include Let's Move Outside, which encourages physical activity for youngsters. The program is now underway in 36 parks, with more being added before summer's end.

Loons Employed To Help Biologists Better Understand The Birds and Great Lakes Botulism

Avian botulism has been a problem at some units of the National Park System located along the Great Lakes. Biologists working to better understand the spread of the disease are turning to loons to help with their research.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Provides Comprehensive Report To the Public

How's your national park being managed? It's a good question, one that at times can be hard to find answers to. At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, though, managers have distributed a 20-page publication for those interested in what was accomplished in 2009 and what continuing issues are being confronted.

Fans of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Being Asked to Contribute Ideas to Lakeshore's Future

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore could accurately be described as an "urban" park. Its location on Lake Michigan is rimmed by Indiana towns and cities such as Gary, Hammond, Portage, Valparasio, and Michigan City. And, understandably, the residents of those communities have a vested interest in the lakeshore's future. That's where the National Park and Conservation Association's "National Park, Regional Treasure" program comes into play.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Officials Concerned Over Indiana's Plans for Seawall

Plans by the state of Indiana to build a hardened stone seawall along a portion of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore don't sit well with lakeshore officials, who cite a number of problems, including the lack of permits from the National Park Service and requisite environmental studies.

Lake Michigan, Home to Two National Lakeshores, On Brink of Being Invaded By Voracious Asian Carp

If you thought round gobies and zebra mussels were scary invaders of the Great Lakes, brace yourself for the arrival of Asian carp, a voracious fish that could decimate the lakes' native fisheries.

Travel Back In Time to 1933 World's Fair At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Not many of us are old enough to have attended the 1933 World's Fair. But if you head to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore next weekend, you'll be able to go back in time.

A Drowning-free Summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Wasn't Just Good Luck

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Reducing visitor accidents in parks is an enormous—and ongoing—challenge. The staff at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore decided to try a different approach to reduce the risk of drownings, and it paid off in a big way. The tally for the summer of 2009: zero drownings.

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide for a Warming World -- Loon and Other Birds of the Great Lakes

Change is under way in the Great Lakes, the source of 84 percent of North America’s fresh water and more than 20 percent of the world’s supply. It is a progressive sweeping change that threatens to greatly transform the ecosystems of these inland seas by warming their waters and supplanting native species with harmful invasives. And it is a change that ultimately may threaten the viability of the common loon and dozens of other birds that depend on the lakes.

New Southern Lake Michigan Water Trail Includes Indiana Dunes Shoreline

A kayaking expedition and landing site programs inaugurated the Southern Lake Michigan Water Trail on June 13-14. The new paddling route, which extends 40+ miles between Chicago and Michigan City, includes a 15-mile stretch of the waters and shoreline at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore BioBlitz: Latest Tally Above 1,700 Species

The latest species tally from the BioBlitz at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: 1,716. How high will it go?

Sign Up Now To Help With BioBlitz At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

How much life is there at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore? That's a good question, one you can help answer by participating in the lakeshore's 'BioBlitz.' But time is running out to sign up.
Mention a "national lakeshore" and thoughts will almost immediately jump to summer sun, frolicking in the water, and sand under your feet. But lakeshores endure winter, too, and the season brings its own magic to these places.

Second Round of National Park Service "Centennial Projects" Produces $27 Million Worth of Improvements

Rehabilitation projects, invasive species eradication and biodiversity research were among the $27 million worth of Centennial Initiative projects for the National Park System announced Tuesday by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and NPS Director Mary Bomar.
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