Region residents are invited to Indiana Dunes National Park’s Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, October 26, from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm, for a variety of family-friendly activities and check out the displays of live owls, spiders and insects of the dunes while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.
Jim Louderman of the Chicago Field Museum, will showcase the benefits and diversity of insects and spiders from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the center’s live animal room. Kim Hoover, of Hoots to Howls Rehabilitation Center, will bring an assortment of native owls and will share their stories from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the auditorium.
From 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, visit a spooky, campfire-lit, nature play zone adjacent to the center and visit volunteers showcasing some of our nocturnal animals and their unusual nocturnal adaptations. Come in your native animal costume and recieve a small prize. As it gets darker, and weather permitting, rangers will lead night hikes outdoors in Miller Woods. The last hike leaves the center at 7:00 pm.
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 their website at www.nps.gov/indu and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNPS.