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Get Involved. Get Outside. Give.

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past 8 years, this idea has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

This year, Giving Tuesday is on December 1, 2020, and Save the Dunes is offering free events to get involved and get outside throughout November and December in recognition of this global giving movement. Be sure to mark your calendar to join in on these activities for inspiration, education, and to learn how YOU can protect our Indiana dunes and Lake Michigan.

Virtual Grand Opening Hike on the Buell Bur Oak Savannah Trail, Saturday, November 7th, 11:00 A.M. Central

Save the Dunes is proud to announce the official opening of the Buell Bur Oak Savannah trail on our Peddicord property located in Hobart. Over the past several years, Save the Dunes has restored this previously agricultural land to a native bur oak prairie and savannah, complete with picnic tables and a one-mile trail. We are thrilled to unveil this wonderful site to the public! Join our Program Director, Katie Hobgood, as she takes you on a virtual tour and learn about some of the other land management projects happening at Save the Dunes.

The Dunes and Regional Heritage: A Virtual Tour of "Calumet: the Land of Opportunity," Tuesday, November 17th, 10:00 A.M. Central

Join exhibition co-curators Amanda Aguilera (Hammond Public Library), Julie Zasada (Cedar Lake Historical Association), and Madeleine Tudor (Field Museum), for a virtual tour of "Calumet: the Land of Opportunity," the second installment in the Calumet Voices, National Stories series that is moving across the region, and will end as a culminating exhibit at the Field Museum. Currently closed to the public due to Covid, this exhibition showcases how the opportunity provided by the landscape's natural resources dramatically transformed the region into an industrial powerhouse, and drew people of diverse heritage to call this region home. Discover hidden gems, new perspectives, and many voices that make this region an unexpected American treasure.

Protecting Butterflies and Other Pollinators Tuesday, November 24th, 11:00 A.M. Central

Protecting pollinators is the focus of many conservation initiatives across the country and it is no different here in Northwest Indiana! Join Senior Program Specialist, Victoria Wittig, PhD, virtually as she shares her passion for butterflies, and learn about a couple of the projects we are working on to help pollinators thrive in our region.

#OptOutsideBlack Friday, November 27, 2020

Each year, millions of people and hundreds of organizations join the #OptOutside movement to demonstrate the power of the outdoors against the turbulence and chaos of Black Friday sales and crowds. In 2020, the outdoors have become increasingly important amid the pandemic, a contentious election season, and widespread civil unrest.  As we will not  gather in person this year for an organized hike, we encourage you to get outside and to share your #OptOutside experience on Facebook and Instagram with #SavetheDunes!  See you on the trails!


Great Lakes Restoration Advocacy Training Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 6:00 P.M. Central

Learn how you can make a difference in your community and take steps towards influencing those with power to bring about positive change. This year's training features Chad William Lord, Policy Director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. Mr. Lord develops and guides the implementation of the Coalition’s legislative and policy agenda in Washington, D.C., and is ready to share his experiences with you. This is one training you won't want to miss! Click here to register today!

Give on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Give where you live on December 1, 2020! Join the movement and give—whether it’s some of your time, a donation or the power of your voice in your community!


Save the Dunes believes that we can all be advocates who effect the kind of change

that makes our world a better place.

Don't forget to tune in to our annual membership meeting.

Individuals and family members in good standing are invited to participate in Save the Dunes Annual Membership Meeting.

Join us this year to hear from featured Special Guest, Ron Engel, author of Sacred Sands, The Struggle for Community in the Indiana Dunes.