Upcoming Events


Howes’ Prairie Hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Saturday, August 6, 9am

Howes’ Prairie (Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore), Porter, IN

Join Noel Pavlovic of the U.S. Geological Survey and Nathanael J. Pilla of Save the dunes for a hike at Howes’ Prairie in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.This hike is part of a series of hikes to celebrate the National Parks Service’s Centennial and the 50th anniversary of our Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  This will be a joint field trip with Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society.  Registration required. Limit to 20 people. Please pre-register before August 4.  For more information contact Nathanael Pilla at nathanael@savedunes.org. Please wear long pants, boots, wear repellent and bring water.  


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Dune Acres: Your Landscaping in the Dunes

Wednsday, August 17, 6pm – 7:30pm

Dune Acres Club House, 1 E Rd, Dune Acres, IN 46304


Town of Porter: Your Landscaping in the Dunes

Thursday, August 25, 6pm – 7:30pm

Community Center at Hawthorne Park, 500 Ackerman Dr, Porter, IN 46304


Ogden Dunes: Your Landscaping in the Dunes

Wedensday, August 31, 6pm – 7:30pm

Ogden Dunes Fire Station, 111 Hillcrest Rd Ogden Dunes, IN

Come and meet with the staff of Save the Dunes to receive and learn about our new guide on native landscaping and gardening in the beach communities of the Indiana dunes. During this discussion you will learn a little about native and invasive plants, invasive plant control and how you can incorporate the dune ecology you have come to love into your own landscaping. You can take a guide and become even more a part of the dunes landscape around your home.



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Sunday, September 18, 12pm-3pm

131 E. Dunes Highway (Hwy 12), Beverly Shores, IN

Please join us for the 8th annual Bartlett’s Brewfest! A portion of the proceeds will support Save the Dunes. Come mingle with your fellow dune-lovers while sampling wonderful microbrews. Tickets will be available in August. The price includes beer, appetizers and a buffet of phenomenal food from Bartlett’s. Last year we sold out so be sure to buy your ticket in advance! 

blowout poster without logosDunes Blowout 2016: A Festival of Performance and Ecology

Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 12pm-7pm

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, West Beach, Gary, IN

Please join us as we honor the 50th Anniversary of our beloved Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this September at the Dunes Blowout: A Festival of Performance and Ecology. Save the Dunes has partnered with the National Park Service to bring you this free, family-oriented two-day event. The event also commemorates the Centennial of the National Park Service, the Bicentennial of the State of Indiana, and the Centennial of Indiana’s State Park System. The festival pays homage to the historic Dunes Pageant of 1917 – the largest performance ever in the dunes – that helped amplify the cry to save the dunes across the country. The Pageant brought together artists, scientists, architects, humanitarians, social welfare advocates, and musicians to show just how much the dunes meant to people from all walks of life. Thanks to their historic collaboration, our Indiana dunes are now protected for generations to come. The 2016 Dunes Blowout will once again bring diverse groups together for two days of artistic performance and exploration of the dunes ecosystem. For a full list of performers and additional event information, click here Thank you to ArcelorMittal, NIPSCO, Efroymson Family Fund and Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation for sponsoring this exciting event.



images (5) Annual Meeting and Open House

Barker House, 444 Barker Rd, Michigan City, IN

Save the Dunes invites members and friends of the organization to join us for our Annual Meeting and Open House. We will talk about our 2016 successes, 2017 goals, and vote in several new board members. After the meeting, stay for the fun! Our offices at historic Barker House will be decked out for the holidays. We will have cider, beer, wine and finger food – we hope you can stop by to say hello. This is our way of saying thank you to our members, donors and partners who make our work possible. Please RSVP to heather@savedunes.org o 219-879-3564 x 121.