Save the Dunes to Offer Member Events

Starting this year, Save the Dunes members can enjoy access to member events at locations throughout Northwest Indiana. These events facilitate member-to-member communication, offer the exploration of new locations, and promote new experiences in the Indiana dunes through exciting activities. In 2017, members can expect opportunities to explore Indiana’s bogs, paddle near the dunes, campout at Dunbar Beach, and more. Members will have access to register early for each event. Afterwards, these events will be open to non-members for a nominal donation if space permits.wow-1426595_1920.png
Registration is required for all Member Events and space is limited. Please contact Heather Pritchard at heather@savedunes.org or call 219.879.3564 x121 to secure your space. Please check our events page regularly for when registration is open for an event.
Save the Dunes continues to offer events in addition to our Member Events that are open to all. However, we hope that you will consider supporting our work by becoming a member and can do so by visiting our membership page. Remember, it only costs $40 per individual or $60 per household! Unsure if your membership is current? Give us an email or call to find out.
We hope to see you at one or more of the following exciting events!

Member Event: Bog & Brew—Pinhook Bog at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Sunday, May 21, 2017
1:00PM –  3:00PM (Hike)
Burn’em Taproom Visit to Follow

FREE for Members∴  Non-member donation $25  ∴  15 spots available
Low-Difficulty  ∴  One-Mile Hike  ∴  Must be 21+ to Visit Taproom

Registration is OPEN for Save the Dunes Members: Email Heather@savedunes.org or call 219-879-3564 x121.

Join us on this special hike led by staff member and botanist, Nathanael Pilla, at Pinhook Bog within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The special hike will take place a week before the public opening of the bog. The bog trail is a low-difficulty, one-mile hike. We recommend that hikers wear bug spray as well as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and close-toed shoes. Get ready to see some orchids and carnivorous plants! Afterwards we will be going to Burn Em’ Taproom in Michigan City. A big thanks to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for partnering up with us to make this happen.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. REMAINING SPACE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO NON-MEMBERS A WEEK PRIOR TO THE EVENT.


Member Event: Simply Paddling—Location to be announced
Saturday, August 5, 2017
10:00AM –  12:00PM (Paddle)
Lunch at Local Eatery to Follow

FREE for Members ∴ Non-member donation $25 ∴ 30 spots available
Novice-Friendly ∴ Family-Friendly

Registration to Open in July

Experience Northwest Indiana’s amazing landscape by boat. Save the Dunes in partnership with the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association will guide you on this paddling adventure, sharing stories and insight about the local wilderness and their connectivity to the dunes. You do not have to have a boat to participate; however, please register promptly if you need to reserve a canoe (fits two individuals) or kayak (fits one individual) as they are limited in number. Paddlers who have their own equipment are welcome to join and should still register. Life jackets are mandatory for this trip. Following paddling, we will retire to a local eatery. This event is in partnership with our friends from the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. REMAINING SPACE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO NON-MEMBERS AT A LATER DATE.


Member Event: Barker Bonfire—Barker House in Michigan City
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
6:00PM –  8:30PM

FREE for Members ∴ Non-member donation $15 ∴ 40 spots available

Registration to Open in July

Join Save the Dunes staff and board members for a bonfire and get-together to celebrate the dunes and to learn about the work we’re doing to protect and restore them. This informal meet-and-greet will give members the opportunity to get to know what Save the Dunes is up to while enjoying the company of other dune-lovers. Light refreshments will be provided, but we welcome you to bring your favorite dish, dessert, or snack.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. REMAINING SPACE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO NON-MEMBERS AT A LATER DATE.


Member Event: Bog & Brew II—Cowles Bog at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Saturday, August 26, 2017
4:00PM –  6:00PM (Hike)
Hunter’s Taproom Visit to Follow

FREE for Members ∴ Non-member donation $25 ∴ 30 spots available
Moderate-Difficulty ∴ < 2 Mile Hike ∴ Family-Friendly Hike ∴ Must be 21+ to Visit Taproom

Registration to Open in July

Join us on a hike led by staff member and botanist, Nathanael Pilla, at Cowles Bog within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. On the hike, we will explore this unique landscape and observe the National Park Service’s restoration of the Great Marsh. Known for its diversity of plant and wildlife, Cowles Bog is a local treasure and a National Natural Landmark. We will be hiking Cowles Bog Prairie, which is less than two miles and moderately difficult. It does not include the steep dune portion of the Cowles Bog trail. Bug spray, long pants, and close-toed shoes are recommended. Afterwards we will be going to Hunter’s Taproom in Chesterton.  A big thanks to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for partnering up with us to make this happen!

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. REMAINING SPACE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO NON-MEMBERS AT A LATER DATE.


Member Event: Three Dunes Challenge—Indiana Dunes State Park
Saturday, September 9, 2017
1:00PM –  2:30PM (Hike)

FREE for Members ∴ Non-member donation $25 ∴ Unlimited spots available
Moderate-Difficulty ∴ 1.5 Mile Hike with a Total of 522 Vertical Feet Climb ∴ Family-Friendly Hike

Registration to Open in July

Want to conquer the Indiana Dunes State Park Three Dunes Challenge? Let’s do it together! We will explore the dunes by taking a climb up Mt. Tom, Mt. Holden, and Mt. Jackson, guided by our friends with Porter County Tourism. We will have 3 groups—a fast moving group, a medium paced group, and the leisure paced group. To and along the route, we will also demonstrate good steward practices by picking up litter along the way. Space is unlimited. Admission to the Indiana Dunes State Park will be waived for registrants.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. REMAINING SPACE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO NON-MEMBERS AT A LATER DATE.


Member Event: Overnight in the Dunes—Dunbar Beach at
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Sunday, October 1, 2017
Times to be announced

Members Only ∴ 50 spots available
Low-Difficulty ∴ Family-Friendly

Registration to Open in July

At this exclusive event, you will camp near Dunbar Beach within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Grab your gear and join us in this special area. As part of the program, we will offer some small hiking as well as a campfire story-telling. Look for more information on this event soon!

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. REMAINING SPACE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO NON-MEMBERS AT A LATER DATE.

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