Dunes Learning Center to host spring open house March 14

  • Dunes Learning Center campers making nature crafts at previous open house.

    Dunes Learning Center campers making nature crafts at previous open house. Courtesy of Dunes Learning Center

Submitted by Mason Crist
Updated 2/13/2020 8:13 PM

On Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dunes Learning Center in Indiana will be hosting an open house for parents and children to hike, see the camp, make friends and explore the natural world around them, all in one of the most biologically diverse national parks in the country.

"Early spring is a great time to get outside," said Dunes Learning Center executive director Geof Benson. "This open house is a great chance to look for signs of spring after a long, gray winter. Take a hike, get pollinator seed bombs to plant at home or just enjoy the live music and cookies."


A free shuttle bus will also be available for visitors to take a trip to the historic Chellberg Farm for its Maple Sugar Time event.

"Experience maple sugaring throughout history at Maple Sugar Time," said Erin Crofton, education director at Dunes Learning Center. "From Native Americans to Swedish settlers like the Chellberg family, local people have enjoyed the sweet taste of maple syrup for centuries. This is a great chance to meet the animals, explore the farm and take a hike."

Dunes Learning Center is located at 700 Howe Road, Chesterton. Register for the free event at DunesLearningCenter.org/events.

The open house was made possible and supported by Dunes Learning Centers 2020 corporate event sponsors: Arcelor Mittal, BP America, Enbridge, Franklin Pest Solutions, Friends of Indiana Dunes, Grow with Trees Company, Keramida Inc., Lakeshore Public Media, Mark J. Mihalo Family Dentistry, NIPSCO, J.F. Pelkey, Attorney at Law and Pratt Industries.

Dunes Learning Center is a non-profit residential environmental education center and camp devoted to inspiring lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature.

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