Sunny skies and temperatures in the 60's this weekend is a great reason to get outdoors and it just happens that this Saturday kicks off National Park Week. Officials with Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore report they have a number of family-friendly activities, hikes and even a concert scheduled during National Park Week, culminating on April 26th with the annual Green Gary event.
Kick off the week by joining a ranger at the park’s Heron Rookery on April 19, for a volunteer activity in the morning followed by a leisurely hike in the afternoon. From 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., join park resource management staff to help remove invasive species along the trail that threaten the native wildflowers. After a morning of work, take a leisurely hike from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and enjoy the beautiful display of spring wildflowers along the Heron Rookery Trail.
On Thursday, April 24, take an evening hike with a ranger at the Heron Rookery from 5:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. This hike presented in partnership between the National Park Service and Save the Dunes features the most beautiful display of spring woodland wildflowers in the national lakeshore.
A Friday night concert by the Save the Tunes Council will feature traditional music associated with spring and Earth Day. Tune up your vocal cords and gather up for a sing-along on Friday, April 25, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center. The Save the Tunes Council is a group of local musicians devoted to preserving and passing on folk songs.
The annual Green Gary Day culminates the week on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at both the Paul H. Douglas Center and Marquette Park in Gary, Indiana. This free event features lots of family-friendly activities and is presented in a partnership with the Gary Parks Department and Gary Department of Green Urbanism. Kids can also complete a series of Earth Day related activities at the event to earn a Junior Ranger badge.
National Park Week is also a good time to explore local parks, trails, and architectural gems sustained through National Park Service programs such as the Rivers Trails Conservation Assistance program and the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information about the national lakeshore,Â contact the park’s information desk at 219-395-1882 or check its website at www.nps.gov/indu. You can also visit www.nationparkweek.org to learn about what is going on at other National Park Service sites throughout the country. You can share your park experiences and photos on the website.