Dunes Learning Center

Chesterton, Ind.


700 Howe Rd.
Chesterton, Ind. 46304
(219) 395-9555


Discover the beaches, prairies, dunes and woodlands of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore while bog stomping, bug hunting, night hiking and more. Campers experience native and historic cultures, play nature games, try their hand at camp crafts, and sing around the campfire with new friends at summer camp in the national park.

Dunes Learning Center's 63 acre outdoor campus is located in the heart of the dunes, encircled by scenic trails, historic sites and one of the most diverse ecosystems in the nation.

Lodging is provided in modern, climate-controlled cabins accommodating eight (seven campers and one counselor). Each cabin is equipped with bunk beds and bathroom facilities.

Operating in partnership with the National Park Service, Dunes Learning Center programs are led by trained environmental educators and counselors. Overnight and day camps provide unique outdoor experiences for all ages:

Dunes Discovery Camps: ages 9-13

Campers spend 5 days and 4 nights exploring rivers, identifying insects, hiking dunes, playing in Lake Michigan, laughing with new friends and singing around the campfire at this summer camp like no other.

Cost: $425

Dates: June 19-23, July 10-14 and July 24-28

Dunes Adventure Camp: ages 14-17

Teen campers spend 5 days and 4 nights immersed in the unique ecology of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Kayaking, after-dark explorations, nature photography, a beach party and camp-out are just a few of the adventures designed to thrill, challenge and engage teens.

Cost: $425

Dates: June 26-30

Critter Camp: ages 6-8

This day camp gets kids outside, where they explore the park's forests, streams, meadows and trails with new friends. Activities range from camp crafts and themed hikes to a day at the beach. Kids return home full of sand and stories!

Cost: $185

Date: August 7-11

Learn more and register online at https://duneslearningcenter.org/summer/.

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