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Lake Michigan Coastal Awareness Month

Celebrate the Coast: Fresh, Water, Fun!

June 2014 is Coastal Awareness Month in the State of Indiana!

The Lake Michigan Coastal Program and partners are working together to develop a wide variety of events to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the Lake Michigan Coastal Region. Events highlight natural, cultural and historic resources in the Coastal Region of Indiana—Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties. The goal is to increase public awareness of these coastal resources and engage people in targeted activities that take them places they may have never been before.

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                  Event Date: 6/4
                  Event Time:6 pm – 8 pm (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Save the Dunes Philanthropint at Figure Eight Brewing
                  Event Description: Figure Eight Brewing gives back to the community in so many ways; one of them is their great Philanthropint program. For every pint of their beer called “Where Lizards Dare” sold for the whole month of June, .25 cents goes to Save the Dunes!  They will also have logo pint glasses with both the Figure Eight and Save the Dunes logos printed on them.  If you buy a pint of beer and the glass for $8, the profit from the glasses goes to Save the Dunes as well.  While this is happening all month in June, Save the Dunes board and staff will be on hand on Wednesday, June 4 from 6-8pm to kick off the month.  Figure Eight staff will give brewery tours (if you haven’t seen this place behind the scenes you should), you can talk to their great brewing team, and hang with dunes aficionados at the same time. Come out and get some good beer and a keepsake for helping out Save the Dunes!  Be sure to tell them Save the Dunes sent ya!  Click here to see our sponsors.  The brewery is located at 150 Washington Street in Valparaiso, IN.
                  Event Sponsor: Save the Dunes and Figure Eight Brewery
                  Contact Person: Heather Pritchard
                  Contact Information: heather@savedunes.org
                  Registration Required: No- open to 21 and up
                  Recommended Attire: Casual Attire
                  Location: Figure Eight Brewery, Valparaiso
                  Target Audience: 21+ who support Save the Dunes' efforts in the region, and meeting like-minded individuals
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: Save the Dunes will share with the audience their current work and inspire others to join in to protect, preserve and restore the Indiana dunes and all natural resources in Northwest Indiana's Lake Michigan watershed.
                  Additional Information: Proceeds will benefit Save the Dunes the entire month of June. Fore more information visit: www.savedunes.org

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                  Event Date: 6/7
                  Event Time: 5 pm – 11 pm (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Jammin with Save the Dunes
                  Event Description: Get ready for the fun!  Jammin with Save the Dunes is our signature annual fundraiser, and it draws hundreds of dunes lovers to beautiful Washington Park in Michigan City near the Lake Michigan shoreline. We will have four live  bands and great local grub from Rolling Stonebaker Pizza, Shoreline, and Soda Dog.  Enjoy amazing local craft beer from Shoreline Brewery, Figure Eight Brewing, Burn ‘Em Brewing, and Hunter’s Brewing.  We will also have soft drinks.  All that and it’s a quick walk to watch the sunset.  The amazing local bands that will play include Planetary Blues Band, The Unit, Junior and the Igniters, and more.
                  Event Sponsor: Save the Dunes
                  Contact Person: Heather Pritchard
                  Contact Information: heather@savedunes.org
                  Registration Required: No- open to all
                  Recommended Attire: Casual Attire
                  Location: Washington Park Amphitheater, Michigan City
                  Target Audience: Families and individuals interested in saving the dunes and meeting like-minded individuals
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: Save the Dunes will share with the audience their current work and inspire others to join in to protect, preserve and restore the Indiana dunes and all natural resources in Northwest Indiana's Lake Michigan watershed.
                  Additional Information: This is a family friendly event and will have a kids corner available. Tickets available onsite for $15.For more information visit: www.savedunes.org

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                  Event Date: 6/7, 6/8
                  Event Time:10 am (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Glamping Weekend
                  Event Description: Indiana Dunes State Park will offer a special themed weekend to explore the natural and cultural resources in the dunes from a glamping perspective June 7-8. Glamorous camping, or glamping, is a way to experience the splendor of the outdoors without forgoing the creature comforts you can't live without. Whether in a tent, yurt, airstream, or tree house, it's camping on a grand scale. Weekend programs will focus on important women in dunes history, beach glass jewelry making, a camping recipe tasting and exchange, example glamping sites, and other activities.
                  Event Sponsor: Indiana Dunes State Park
                  Contact Person: Brad Bumgardner
                  Contact Information: bbumgardner@dnr.in.gov or dunesnc@dnr.in.gov
                  Registration Required: No- open to all
                  Recommended Attire: Casual Attire
                  Location: Indiana Dunes State Park
                  Target Audience: Families, individuals, retired folks. Campers and non campers
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: The park is opening up recreation opportunities to a demographic that normally doesn't utilize park resources due to their perceived rugged or primitive nature. We hope half come who have never attended a IDSP program before.
                  Additional Information: http://www.stateparks.in.gov/ for program schedules

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                  Event Date: 6/8
                  Event Time: TBD

                  Event Name: 8th Annual Trail Creek Fun Float
                  Event Description: Paddling tour of Trail Creek - For Novice paddlers - Rentals Available - provided by Chicago River Canoe & Kayak. To reserve, please contact Ryan Chew at (312)823-3384 or ryanwc@sbcglobal.net
                  Event Sponsor: Northwest Indiana Paddling Association (NWIPA)
                  Contact Person: Dan Plath
                  Contact Information: dkplath@nwipa.org
                  Registration Required: yes-at the event
                  Recommended Attire: very casual attire
                  Location: Lake George, Hobart
                  Target Audience: Families and individuals interested in water quality and related recreational activities
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success:
                  Additional Information: Please check the NWIPA website calendar for details; will be updated closer to the date of the event - http://nwipa.org/events.html

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                  Event Date: 6/14
                  Event Time:11 am – 3 pm (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Get Outdoors Day
                  Event Description: Visit Dunes Learning Center for an exciting day of outdoor fun in the National Park in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. Trail hikes, river exploration, kayak demonstrations, camp crafts, live music and lunch on the lawn are just a few of the free activities being offered.
                  Event Sponsor: Get Outdoors Day is made possible by: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Arcelor Mittal, BP, Destination Nature, Indiana Arts Commission, Lakeshore Public Media, Lamar and Northwest Indiana Paddling Association. This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
                  Contact Person: Dunes Learning Center
                  Contact Information: curious@duneslearningcenter.org
                  Registration Required: Free registration is requested at www.duneslearningcenter.org/events
                  Recommended Attire: Casual Attire
                  Location: Dunes Learning Center
                  Target Audience: Everyone!
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) is led by the U.S. Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition with the goal of encouraging visitors to public lands, and reconnecting youth to the great outdoors.
                  Additional Information: Visit http://www.duneslearningcenter.org/ to learn more

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                  Event Date: 6/21
                  Event Time: TBD

                  Event Name: Lake George Paddle
                  Event Description: Paddling tour of Lake George in Hobart - for novice paddlers
                  Event Sponsor: Northwest Indiana Paddling Association (NWIPA)
                  Contact Person: Dan Plath
                  Contact Information: dkplath@nwipa.org
                  Registration Required: yes-at the event
                  Recommended Attire: very casual attire
                  Location: Lake George, Hobart
                  Target Audience: Families and individuals interested in water quality and related recreational activities
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success:
                  Additional Information: please check the NWIPA website calendar for details; will be updated closer to the date of the event - http://nwipa.org/events.html

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                  Event Date: 6/21
                  Event Time:11 am – 3 pm (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Hobart Water Festival
                  Event Description: 3rd Annual Hobart Water Festival is sponsored by the Hobart Storm Water District. Kayak rental, adult fishing competition, childrens fishing instruction, educational activities for every age group, art activities for children, face painting, bounce houses, Animal for Awareness show, DJ, coral group, food vendors and more. Door prizes and free gifts.
                  Event Sponsor: Hobart Storm Water District
                  Contact Person: Sherryl Doerr
                  Contact Information: sdoerr@cityofhobart.org
                  Registration Required: Open to all-fishing events require registration
                  Recommended Attire: Casual Attire
                  Location: Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Rd. Hobart
                  Target Audience: Families and individuals in water quality and related recreational activities
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: Public education and outreach is one of the six minimum control measures (MCMs) under the federally mandated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements to prevent and reduce storm water pollution in our communities.
                  Additional Information: Booth opportunities available to organizations with water quality or environmental focus. Visit our website for updates at: http://www.cityofhobart.org/

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                  Event Date: 6/21
                  Event Time: 8:30 am – 11 pm (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Singing Sands Star Show
                  Event Description: The Indiana Dunes State Park Interpretive Services will again be hosting the Singing Sands Star Show on Saturday, June 21 from 8:30pm to 11pm at the Indiana Dunes State Park beach pavilion. Activities begin Saturday night at 8:30pm (CDT) at the Beach Pavilion. Astronomical Society members bring telescopes for deep space viewing, and share their expertise and passion for star gazing. Stories on Native American sky lore will also kick things off with the State Park Interpretive Naturalists. By 9:30pm, the stars will begin to appear. With only a partially lit moon, good viewing of the night sky over Lake Michigan should occur. Constellation talks will highlight the many star formations that can be viewed over the dunes this time of year. In case of inclement weather, an alternate space talk will be offered in the Nature Center at 8:30pm.
                  Event Sponsor: Indiana Dunes State Park
                  Contact Person: Brad Bumgardner
                  Contact Information: bbumgardner@dnr.in.gov or dunesnc@dnr.in.gov
                  Registration Required: No- open to all
                  Recommended Attire: Casual Attire, blankets to keep warm.
                  Location: Indiana Dunes State Park Beach Pavilion
                  Target Audience: Families, individuals, retired folks, kids over 3 years old.
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: The park make's use of it's position on Lake Michigan as a star gazing center for the Chicago area. Due to our distance from the big city, and dark skies to the north, good star gazing occurs here that can not be found generally in the immediate region. Our goal is 500 in attendance to view the various activities going on.
                  Additional Information: http://www.stateparks.in.gov/ for program schedules

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                  Event Date: 6/22
                  Event Time:10 am (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Water The Incredible Journey
                  Event Description: Explore the twists and turns that a single drop of water takes in Northwest Indiana before it reaches Lake Michigan. Meet the Interpreter at the Beach Pavilion for a fun stroll up stream as we try to solve the water puzzle. Along the way we'll also stop by and visit a neat rain garden project going on in the park. We'll be back before the beach opens. Join us!
                  Event Sponsor: Dunes State Park Nature Center & Lake Michigan Coastal Program
                  Contact Person: Katy Crass - Nature Center, Dorreen Carey - Coastal Program
                  Contact Information: Nature Center 219-926-1390, Coastal Program 219-921-0863
                  Registration Required: Open to All
                  Recommended Attire: Dress for walking
                  Location: Meet at the Dunes State Park Pavilion
                  Target Audience: Adults, Students, Children
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: Learn about how water travels from Dunes Creek to Lake Michigan, how water quality is affected by what we do on the land within the watershed, and how rain gardens can help cleanse storm water runoff, reduce water volume to storm drains, and create native plant habitats. Use of rain barrels to collect and conserve water will also be discussed.
                  Additional Information:

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                  Event Date: 6/28
                  Event Time:11 am (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Gary Clean Water Celebration
                  Event Description: The 10th annual Gary Clean Water Celebration is an activity of the Gary Storm Water Management District’s Public Education and Outreach Program. The day-long event will include lots of fun and educational activities for youth and adults promoting clean water, including free canoe paddling training and canoeing on the Lagoon, fishing education, water quality display, water quality information booths/exhibits, art activities, kiting, nature therapy and fitness, face painting, entertainment, and refreshments. Everyone who pledges for clean water will receive a free gift. Bring your fishing equipment and/or kite to participate in those activities.
                  Event Sponsor: Gary Storm Water Management District
                  Contact Person: Brenda Scott-Henry
                  Contact Information: bhenry@ci.gary.in.us
                  Registration Required: No- open to all
                  Recommended Attire: Casual Attire
                  Location: Marquette Park, Near the Lagoons, Area 5
                  Target Audience: Families and individuals in water quality and related recreational activities
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: Public education and outreach is one of the six minimum control measures (MCMs) under the federally mandated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements to prevent and reduce storm water pollution in our communities.
                  Additional Information: Booth opportunities available to organizations with water quality or environmental focus. Visit our website for updates at: http://www.garysanitary.com/gswmd_default.asp

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                  Event Date: 6/21
                  Event Time:10 am (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Field Day at Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve
                  Event Description: The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Nature Preserves is teaming up with Shirley Heinze Land Trust to learn about Indiana's natural areas and hike at Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve. This nature preserve contains a forest community known as boreal flatwoods, which is characterized by poorly drained soils on a relatively level or “flat” landscape. Many of the plant species occurring here are typically more northern in distribution and some barely reach within Indiana’s northern border.
                  Event Sponsor: Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Nature Preserves
                  Contact Person:Contact Information: dnimetz@dnr.in.gov
                  Registration Required: Yes. For more information and to register, please go to
                  dnr.IN.gov/naturepreserve
                  Recommended Attire: Boots or shoes
                  Location: Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve, LaPorte County, IN
                  Target Audience: Families and individuals interested in the natural resources of the
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: The Division of Nature Preserves will be partnering with Shirley Heinze Land Trust to educate the public about the natural resources that occur at Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve.Another goal is to also inform the public about how the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, along with local partners, protect high quality natural areas throughout the State of Indiana.
                  Additional Information:For more information and to register, please go to dnr.IN.gov/naturepreserve

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                  Event Date: 6/5
                  Event Time:8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Michigan City's Conference on the Environment
                  Event Description: 2014 Conference on the Environment Theme: Community Sustainability and Stormwater Control
                  Event Sponsor: City of Michigan City
                  Contact Person: Michael Kuss
                  Contact Information: mkuss@mcsan.org
                  Registration Required: Yes
                  Recommended Attire:
                  Location:
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                  Additional Information: Register at: http://michigancity.weebly.com/

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                  Event Date: 6/5
                  Event Time:6:30 pm (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Banana Slugs String Band
                  Event Description: Evening event for conference attendees. The band sings about the importance of a clean environment and clean water.
                  Event Sponsor: City of Michigan City
                  Contact Person: Michael Kuss
                  Contact Information: mkuss@mcsan.org
                  Registration Required: no
                  Recommended Attire: casual attire
                  Location: Millennium Park, on the shore of Lake Michigan, Michigan City
                  Target Audience: Families and individuals interested in water quality and related recreational activities
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success:
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                  Event Date: 6/6
                  Event Time:11 am (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Banana Slugs String Band
                  Event Description: First Fridays Event. The band sings about the importance of a clean environment and clean water.
                  Event Sponsor: City of Michigan City
                  Contact Person: Michael Kuss
                  Contact Information: mkuss@mcsan.org
                  Registration Required: no
                  Recommended Attire: casual attire
                  Location: Franklin Square, Downtown Michigan City
                  Target Audience: Families and individuals interested in water quality and related recreational activities
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success:
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                  Event Date: 6/20-6/22
                  Event Time: TBD

                  Event Name: The W.G. Jackson Call to Port
                  Event Description: Families and individuals will be able to board the boat while in port, and learn about the type of research and education that is carried out by this ship and her crew. Participants may be able to go for a short trip out on Lake Michigan on the W.G. Jackson, weather permitting.
                  Event Sponsor: City of Michigan City
                  Contact Person: Michael Kuss
                  Contact Information: mkuss@mcsan.org
                  Registration Required:
                  Recommended Attire: casual attire
                  Location: Trail Creek Harbor, Michigan City, IN
                  Target Audience: Families and individuals interested in water quality and related recreational activities
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: The W.G. Jackson serves researchers and educational groups from her berth at ports of call along Lake Michigan. Her home is the Lake Michigan Center, Grand Valley State University, Muskegon, Michigan.
                  Additional Information:

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                  Event Date: 6/21
                  Event Time:10 am - 2 pm (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: MEWE FEST
                  Event Description: The MEWE FEST - A marketplace for wellness! Get outside and enjoy the 157-acre Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve. The day beings at 10:00 with a family fun Scavenger Hunt hosted by the Duneland YMCA. Enjoy the beautiful trails in search of fish habitat, furry plants, anglers in waders, musicians and much more as you wander through the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve! Discovery Charter School will host free games in the Pavilion Meadow throughout the 4-hour event.

                  Learn what YOU can do to improve your health, wellness, and quality of life (that's the ME) and how you can directly and positively impact the environment around you (that's the WE). Hands on activities! Pesticide free lawn care, organic raised be gardening, residential rain barrels, and composting at home, are just a few of the presentations planned at the Pavilion at 157 E Sidewalk Road, Chesterton. For a stress-free human we’ll have yoga in the Pavilion Meadow and for a stress-free lawn we’ll have an education session in the Pavilion on native vegetation.

                  Throughout the day local bands will be performing at the Chesterton Amphitheater, at the northwest corner of the Preserve, 2401 Village Point Road, Chesterton, IN. More information can be found at www.coffeecreekwc.org

                  Event Sponsor: Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy
                  Contact Person: Katie Rizer
                  Contact Information: info@coffeecreekwc.org - mailto:www.cofffeecreekwc.org
                  Registration Required: no
                  Recommended Attire: Casual Attire
                  Location: Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve 2401 Village Point Road Chesterton, IN 46304
                  Target Audience: families
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: Public outreach and education of watershed wellness, initiatives,hands on activities for personal BMP's and outdoor recreation.
                  Additional Information:

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                  Event Date: 6/14
                  Event Time: 9-11 am (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Stewardship Saturday
                  Event Description: Invasive species hike with hands-on identification and removal with Stewardship Manager
                  Event Sponsor: Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy
                  Contact Person: Rafi Wilkinson
                  Contact Information: info@coffeecreekwc.org - mailto:www.cofffeecreekwc.org
                  Registration Required: yes
                  Recommended Attire: trail work clothes
                  Location: 157 E Sidewalk Road Chesterton, IN 46304
                  Target Audience: families
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: Public education and tools for identifying and managing invasive plants.
                  Additional Information:

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                  Event Date: 6/7
                  Event Time: 9 am (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: Indiana Dunes State Park Beach Clean-up
                  Event Description: The event will occur on the East side of the Dunes State Park Pavilion on June 7th, 2014 from 9am to 11am. Bags and Gloves will be provided by both the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the DNR Indiana Dunes State Park staff. Each participant will be able to enter a raffle to win a prize that has been donated by local businesses.
                  Event Sponsor: Indiana Dunes State Park
                  Contact Person: Margaret Palicka
                  Contact Information: mpalicka@dnr.in.gov
                  Registration Required: Open to all
                  Recommended Attire: Casual Attire
                  Location: Indiana Dunes State Park, Beach Pavilion
                  Target Audience: Families, individuals, and groups that use the beach and state park for recreational purposes
                  Event Learning Objective(s) - measure of success: Public education and outreach will be used to improve the cleanliness and quality of the beach.
                  Additional Information:

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                  Event Date: 6/7
                  Event Time: 1-4 pm (Central Time Zone)

                  Event Name: The Churches of Edward Dart
                  Event Description: Chicago preservationist Matt Seymour and Valparaiso University professor Gretchen Buggeln discusses the influence of renowned mid-century architect Edward Dart, FAIA  (1922-1975) on church architecture throughout the Midwest. Church historian Paula DeBois leads a tour of St. Augustine Episcopal Church, a mid-century standout commissioned by the African American congregation in 1958.

                  Sponsored by Indiana Landmarks' affinity group Indiana Modern and St. Augustine Episcopal Church, with support from the Cornelius O'Brien Lecture Series Concerning Historic Preservation.

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                  Registration Required: Yes
                  Recommended Attire: Casual Attire
                  Location: St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 2425 W. 19th Ave., Gary, IN
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                  Additional Information:
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