Region residents are invited to join a park ranger for a hike through Indiana Dunes National Park’s exceptional Miller Woods on Sundays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The hike follows the Paul H. Douglas Trail and includes varied habitats including globally rare black oak savanna, interdunal ponds, wetlands, and sand dunes that offer views of Lake Michigan and Chicago. The hike could be as long as three miles with a stop at the lakefront. Meet at the Paul H. Douglas Center, wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. On warmer winter days, park officials say participants may want to bring insect repellent to keep away ticks.
The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national park at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller neighborhood of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882 or visit the website www.nps.gov/indu and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNPS.