Upcoming Events

MAY 2017

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Sunday, May 7, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Michigan City Public Library
100 E 4th St, Michigan City, Indiana 46360

FREE Event   ∴  More Information

Sacred Sands: A Play For Voices is a 40-minute performance piece written by David Hoppe and directed by John Green, Professor of Theatre, Columbia College, Chicago. It is inspired by the book, Sacred Sands: The Struggle For Community In the Indiana Dunes by L. Ronald Engel. Sacred Sands uses poetry, dramatic dialogue and documentary evidence to explore the history of the Indiana Dunes. It premiered as part of the Dunes Blow-Out: A Festival of Performance and Ecology, sponsored by Save the Dunes, at Miller Beach in September 2016.

The 2017 Sacred Sands tour is made possible through the generous support of NIPSCO.


Sacred Sands: A Play for VoicesGary

Saturday, May 13, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N Lake St, Gary, Indiana 46403

FREE Event   ∴  More Information

Sacred Sands: A Play For Voices is a 40-minute performance piece written by David Hoppe and directed by John Green, Professor of Theatre, Columbia College, Chicago. It is inspired by the book, Sacred Sands: The Struggle For Community In the Indiana Dunes by L. Ronald Engel. Sacred Sands uses poetry, dramatic dialogue and documentary evidence to explore the history of the Indiana Dunes. It premiered as part of the Dunes Blow-Out: A Festival of Performance and Ecology, sponsored by Save the Dunes, at Miller Beach in September 2016.

The 2017 Sacred Sands tour is made possible through the generous support of NIPSCO.


Valparaiso University Presents:

“A Mother’s Day Brunch—With Benefit to Save the Dunes”

Sunday, May 14 at 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Valparaiso University Center for the Arts
1709 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

Tickets Available until May 4  ∴  Adults: $25; ages 4-13: $20; ages 3 and under: $5

This Mother’s Day, celebrate with Valparaiso University as we honor moms and Mother Nature with a Mother’s Day brunch, featuring a full breakfast buffet. The brunch will feature decor and live entertainment inspired by the beauty of the Indiana Dunes, as well as many surprises.

In addition to the brunch, guests will receive reserved seating for the presentation of ‘Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices’ and the option to tour the Brauer Museum of Art’s exhibit ‘Botanical Lore, Legend and Transformation: Works by Jon Hook and Andrea Peterson’.
(Alternative children’s activities available during the performance of ‘Sacred Sands’.)

A portion of each ticket will be donated to Save the Dunes. This event is presented by Valparaiso University Arts and Entertainment Administration-The Graduate School.


Sacred Sands: A Play for VoicesValparaiso

Saturday, May 14, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Valparaiso University Center for the Arts
1709 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

FREE Event   ∴  More Information

Sacred Sands: A Play For Voices is a 40-minute performance piece written by David Hoppe and directed by John Green, Professor of Theatre, Columbia College, Chicago. It is inspired by the book, Sacred Sands: The Struggle For Community In the Indiana Dunes by L. Ronald Engel. Sacred Sands uses poetry, dramatic dialogue and documentary evidence to explore the history of the Indiana Dunes. It premiered as part of the Dunes Blow-Out: A Festival of Performance and Ecology, sponsored by Save the Dunes, at Miller Beach in September 2016.

A Q&A will follow this performance.

The 2017 Sacred Sands tour is made possible through the generous support of NIPSCO.


Sacred Sands: A Play for VoicesPorter

Saturday, May 20, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N State Road 49, Porter, Indiana 46304

FREE Event   ∴  More Information

Sacred Sands: A Play For Voices is a 40-minute performance piece written by David Hoppe and directed by John Green, Professor of Theatre, Columbia College, Chicago. It is inspired by the book, Sacred Sands: The Struggle For Community In the Indiana Dunes by L. Ronald Engel. Sacred Sands uses poetry, dramatic dialogue and documentary evidence to explore the history of the Indiana Dunes. It premiered as part of the Dunes Blow-Out: A Festival of Performance and Ecology, sponsored by Save the Dunes, at Miller Beach in September 2016.

The 2017 Sacred Sands tour is made possible through the generous support of NIPSCO.


7251402856_3658109c15_zMember 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.

JUNE 2017

Jammin with Save the Dunes

Saturday, June 3, 201715972359_10154261540973519_1908895985106249393_o
4:00PM – 9:00PM
Guy Foreman Amphitheater – Washington Park
Michigan City, IN 46360

$20 in advance ∴  $25 at time of admission 

Family-Friendly  ∴   Must be 21+ to Drink

Buy your tickets here!

It’s time again for Jammin with Save the Dunes! Jammin is our signature fundraiser which brings hundreds of dunes lovers to beautiful Washington Park in Michigan City on the Lake Michigan shoreline.The festival features many of our local favorites – local breweries, local wineries and local food. Plus, we have some amazing entertainment with local ties! This year’s lineup features School of Rock Oak Park, Corey Dennison Band, and the Freddy Jones Band. Find out more about the event here.


AUGUST 2017

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.

SEPTEMBER 2017

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.

Bartlett’s Beer Fest Benefitting Save the Dunes

Sunday, September 24, 2017
1:00PM-3:00PM
Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill, 131 E Dunes Highway, Beverly Shores, IN

Join us at Bartlett’s for the 9th annual Bartlett’s Beer Fest benefitting Save the Dunes! Details to come, but this event always promises delicious food from Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill, a variety of craft beer from local breweries, and a fantastic time with friends and fellow dune-lovers. Keep an eye out for ticket sale announcements on our Facebook.


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.