Volunteer on National Public Lands Day at National Park.

September 21, 2020

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK: Indiana Dunes National Park is hosting a park clean-up for National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 26, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at West Beach. Join park staff, Mermaid Straw, Dig the Dunes, Valparaiso University, and more for a day of stewardship focused around reducing single-use plastic waste and celebrating our public lands. This event is an extension of Trash Trekkers, a drop-in trash collection program in the park. 

The event will kick off at West Beach at 9:00 am, where volunteers will sign in and pick up supplies, though visitors may participate any time before noon. This event is family-friendly and each volunteer will receive a fee-free coupon that grants single-day entry into federal public lands, as well as other free goodies. 

Due to continuing concerns about COVID-19, please bring a mask and practice social distancing. The bathhouse restrooms will be open for hand-washing. In the spirit of the event, please remember to bring your own reusable water bottles. Trash bags and other safety gear will be provided. Please wear appropriate footwear for the beach and trails. 

West Beach is located at 376 North County Line Road in Portage. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at and our Facebook page at 

Indiana Dunes National Park is one of 419 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Located in Northwest Indiana, the park includes 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 15,000 acres of biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies, and marshes. Over 3 million visitors come to the Indiana Dunes each year.



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