Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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Address: 1100 N. Mineral Springs Rd.
City, State, Zip: Porter, Indiana 46304
Date(s):03/13/2016 - 03/19/2016
Access:Day Hiking Up to 4 Miles Per Day
Project Rating:Moderate
Project Description:

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is home to over 45 miles of hiking trails, 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, over 350 species of birds, and over 1,500 plant species. Volunteers have the exciting opportunity to aid in new trail construction in the Hobart Prairie Grove.  The new trail will open to the public in June 2016, so volunteer assistance is vital to keep this project on schedule. The Hobart Prairie Grove is a critical part of the Oak Savanna habitat of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the new trail will be an important supplement to the existing bike path. In addition to trail construction, volunteers will protect the lakeshore’s immaculate sand dunes by mitigating social trails in closed areas and remove invasive plant species which are prevalent along disturbed areas such as established hiking trails.

Meet your Crew Leader, HERE.

Hosting Organization:National Park Service
Area and Attractions:Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore's 15,000 acres will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests. Volunteers will have time to recreate at the beach, enjoy the trails, or visit Chicago by way of a one hour train.
Accommodations:Car Camping Tent Sites
Accommodations Description and Gear Needs:Volunteers will camp at the Group Campsite at Indiana Dunes State Park. The camping area is 20 yards to water, 90 yards to a vault toilet, and 1,300 yards to the lake. There are Picnic tables, and a water spigot. Group cooking gear will be provided. Showers will be available at the end of the week. NPS will provide group tents and sleeping pads. Volunteers should bring their own sleeping bag, cup/bowl, eating utensils, and personal items.
Climate:In March the temperature can vary from 30 to 60 degrees. Cold rain or even light snow is possible. Volunteers should be prepared for mild to cold weather and rain. Long pants and long sleeves are highly recommended. Closed toe shoes are required.
Travel Information:Airport pickup provided from O'Hare International Airport
Minimum Age:16
Maximum # of Volunteers:15
Number of Spots Available:9


Online bookings are closed for this event. Contact us at 800-972-8608 ext. 704 to see if registration for this event is still available.