Indiana Dunes

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Published on January 29, 2020 with No Comments

If you’ve recovered from the Christmas holidays and are ready to venture out again and do thingsthe National Lakeshore Dunes National Park has a variety of fun activities to get you through until Spring.

Cabin Fever/Groundhog Day Festival

For those with serious Cabin Fever, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park is hosting a “Cabin Fever/Groundhog Day Festival” at the Visitor’s Center 1215 N. State Rd 49, in Porter, on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cabin Fever / Groundhog Day Festival consists of mostly indoor activities including crafts, stories and educational materials that relate to Nature and wildlife. Although no groundhogs are scheduled to appear, you never know so be prepared to enjoy the day. No fees or registration are required.

Snowshoe Hike

For some outdoor fun, there’s a Snowshoe Hike around the Visitor’s Center every Saturday from Feb 1 to Feb 29 at 1:00 p.m. The 2 hour nature walk/hike is lead by a Park Ranger and offers participants an opportunity to experience snowshoe walking while viewing the winter wildlife near the Center. No fee or registration.  Snowshoes provided.

Musical Heritage Series Concert  

 The Save the Tunes group presents a Musical Heritage Series Concert  once a month on Friday evenings from February 21 to May 15 at the Visitor’s Center. The concerts feature traditional music including dulcimers, autoharps, banjos, guitars, and pennywhistles, to name but a few instruments. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends about 9:00 p.m. There is no fee or registration required.  Contact Ryan Koepke at 219-395-1882 for more information.

Maple Sugar Time

 Enjoy a taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Park’s 42nd annual Maple Sugar Time festival on Saturday, March 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Chellberg Farm, 618 N. Mineral Springs Rd, in Porter will be bustling with maple sugaring activities!

One-hour tours start every 20 minutes each day. Learn how American Indians first boiled maple sap into sugar and how early settlers used large iron kettles to make syrup. Then, stand in the warm steam of the sugar shack where sap is still boiled down the way the Chellberg family did it back in the 1930s. Try your hand at drilling a tap hole, lugging heavy sap buckets using an old-fashioned yoke, or just enjoying a free taste of pure maple syrup!

Warm up in the farm house and collect recipes featuring maple syrup. Pure maple syrup and sugar, and related products like maple-flavored popcorn and maple water, will be for sale on site. You can even learn how to make maple syrup at home and how modern maple sugar farmers use advanced technology to make syrup today.

The Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm is located between U.S. Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 12 in Porter. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882 or, visit

Art in the National Park

Meet local artists who use the dunes as inspiration to create their art. Learn how they photograph, paint, draw, and write. Programs may be inside or outside. Art show created by Douglas David on Saturday, March 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 219-395-1882 for more information.

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882 or visit,

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