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Generous Donors Send Record Number of Kids to Camp in the Dunes


Summer-Camp-National-ParkIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore education partner, Dunes Learning Center is set to award a record number of summer camp scholarships this year, according to executive director Geof Benson.

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Dunes Learning Center Receives $2,500 Environmental Grant from Patagonia


Military-Kids-to-CampIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore education partner, Dunes Learning Center, is proud to be the recipient of a $2,500 Patagonia Environmental Grant to engage youth through field-based stewardship and learning in their communities.

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Hawthorne Park Playground Install Looking for Volunteers in 2017


Hawthorne-Park-Playground-Install-Looking-for-Volunteers-in-2017Porter’s own Ruth “Babe” Poparad took one of the last trips down the twist slide at the Hawthorne Park playground last week prior to its demolition (photos attached). Babe was also the first person to slide down the twist slide when the slide was installed over 22 years ago.

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Hobart Celebrates Earth Day By Having a Park and Lake Clean Up

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In celebration of Earth Day Saturday morning, the Hobart Parks Department hosted its annual Hobart Community Clean Up Day to spruce up the beautiful parks and show the Earth that the City of Hobart is taking every step to ensure a clean future.

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Portage Dog Park at Woodland Park is a Great Place for Dogs!

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On a sunny Friday afternoon, a group of dogs run together at the Portage Dog Park, located in Woodland Park, and it was clear they are familiar with each other and having a great time. Their owners gathered around picnic tables in the park, chatting and watching the spectacle.

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Schererville Parks and Recreation Department to Offer Large Assortment of Summer Programs in 2017


Schererville-Parks-and-Recreation-LogoThe Schererville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a large assortment of summer programs this summer. “Summer programs are a great way to get children outside and active,” Maddie Grimm, Recreation Coordinator, said. “We feel that our assortment of programs can appeal to various interests that children have.”

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Registration Now Open for 2017 Crown Point Parks Dept. Spring Programs


City-of-Crown-PointCrown Point Parks Dept. spring programs are now open for registration. Please visit www.crownpoint.in.gov to register online or call the parks office (11035 Broadway Ste. E) at (219)661-2271 with any questions.

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Friends of DeMotte Parks Seeking Community’s Help to Upgrade Outdated Spencer Park Playground to Safer ADA Accessible Park


DeMotte-Spencer-Park-Update-2017_01Remember running around the playground when you were a kid? Maybe hanging from the monkey bars or seeing who could swing the highest? It wasn't just a mindless energy burn. Many have called play the work of childhood.

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Hannah’s Hope's Dream for a Playground Close to Reality

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It has been a long time in the making, but finally that dream is turning into reality. For the last five years the group of passionate, dedicated volunteers of Hannah’s Hope have been working towards the vision of a playground where children of all ages and abilities can play together.

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7 Reasons to Get Outdoors This Winter


Dunes-Learning-Center-Logo-2016Winter is a special time in the dunes, offering ample opportunity for fun and learning! Dunes Learning Center naturalists lead field-based school programs in every season, so we asked them to share their top winter recreation recommendations, below.

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Hobart Lights Up The Night With Their Annual Tree Lighting

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The evergreen tree is an ancient symbol of life. The decoration and illumination of the tree in the holiday spirit is a tradition that transcends culture, religion, and demographic. Hobart has adopted this tradition as their own for six consecutive years.

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