Upcoming Events



Native Landscaping Class in Partnership with TalTree Arboretum & Gardens—TalTree Depot in Valparaiso 

Friday, November 10, 2017
10:00AM – 12:00PM

$10 Taltree Members ∴ $15 Non-Taltree Members

Register here.

Join Save the Dunes Project Coordinator and Botanist, Nathanael Pilla to learn about plants that will give interest to your garden through the season, the importance of native plants and their benefits to wildlife and popular plants to avoid all while supporting Taltree Arboretum & Gardens.

Black Friday Opt Outside Hike at the Indiana Dunes National LakeshoreWest Beach

Friday, November 24, 2017
West Beach
376 North County Line Road, Gary, IN 46403


Instead of shopping on Black Friday, opt outside for a free, expert-led, family-friendly hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Friday, November 24, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at West Beach. Co-sponsored by the National Park Service, the interactive hike will be led by regional experts. We will hike up to 3.5 miles based on conditions with easy cut-offs back to the parking lot for shorter hikes of 1.0 mile and 2.0 miles in length. The hike is moderate in difficulty with 250 stairs and some sections of loose sand trail surface. After the hike, Save the Dunes will host an informal gathering at Craft House in Chesterton. RSVPs to nathanael@savedunes.org are appreciated but not required.


Uncork and Create: Wire Wrapping Workshop Benefitting Save the Dunes—Barker House in Michigan City

Sunday, December 3, 2017
6:00PM – 8:30PM

$50 per person ∴ Includes class and two glasses of wine ∴ 100% of proceeds benefit Save the Dunes

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Join Linda Byer Mickevicius, owner of Beach Bum Jewels and Eve Wierzbicki of Dig the Dunes as they present an earring workshop to solely benefit Save the Dunes. Each ticket will get you two glasses of wine (red or white), appetizers, all the materials for the class AND instruction by Linda. This is a perfect way to create a holiday gift or new earrings for yourself! In this class, you will learn how to shape wire into a whimsical shape of your choice, texturize the wire, thread a piece of beach glass on a head pin and attach the beach glass and sterling silver earwires to the earring you created. Get your tickets now!

Save the Dunes Annual Meeting and Holiday Party—Barker House in Michigan City

Thursday, December 7, 2017
6:00PM – 8:30PM

FREE for Members ∴ Non-member Donation $10 ∴ Tickets Required

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Save the Dunes will host our Annual Membership Meeting at our offices on December 7th. At the Annual Meeting we will discuss the organization’s current projects, nominate new members for our Board of Directors, and announce the winner of the Paul H. Douglas Award. Following the Annual Meeting, we’ll stick around Barker House for a holiday party – all are welcome to join! Please come by to enjoy some refreshments and hear about our successes of 2017 and plans for 2018.

Winter Tree Identification Workshop—Barker House in Michigan City

Friday, December 15, 2017
9:30AM – 2:30PM

$25 Donation ∴ Tickets Required

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Learn the basics of winter tree identification at the Barker Woods Nature Preserve on Friday, December 15, 2017. This workshop is designed for beginners who want understand how to identify a tree with no leaves This class provides essentials to get you started as well as a book to equip you with the tools to further your skills in tree identification. Lunch, all workshop handouts; the book, Michigan Trees, Revised and Updated: A Guide to the Trees of the Great Lakes Region, will be provided.

Class will be held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress for weather. Please bring a water bottle and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes for walking over uneven terrain.

Instructor: Nathanael Pilla, Botanist and Project Coordinator, Save the Dunes

What to Bring: Hiking shoes, weather appropriate jacket and hat, an expectation to learn.

This workshop was made possible in part by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coastal Program.

Questions about an event? Need help registering? Contact Heather at heather@savedunes.org or call 219.879.3564 ext. 121.