Recently, we visited Chicago and Indiana to see family and show the kids some fun there. During this trip, we visited a national park! And we got see a newly designated one!
Indiana Dunes National Park sits along the southern shore of Lake Michigan in northwestern Indiana. This national lakeshore became a national park as of February this year.
We checked out the visitor center first and our kids become junior rangers there! As I’ve mentioned, you definitely need to check out the junior ranger activities at our national parks! Great way to get the kids involved and learn something!
At the center, we read up on the park, watched the short history film, and even bought our youngest a junior ranger vest and hat. 😍
I love learning cool facts about the park like the fact that Lake Michigan took form 11,000 years ago when the Wisconsin glacier began to melt.
We headed to the shoreline and parked by the Kemil Road Access Point. We enjoyed seeing the lake and let the two kids skip some rocks.
We had to drive over and check out the park’s most dynamic dune, Mount Baldy. Mount Baldy stands 126 feet tall. To see this powerful dune, you need to take a short, fun trail to reach the beach from the parking area. It’s a fun little hike!
If you’re in the Chicago or Indiana area, check out our 61st national park and the first national Park in Indiana.
Happy National Trails Day today! Today kicks off the Great Outdoors Month of June!
Did you know that there are over 18,000 miles of trails in the national park system? And did you know that there are 158,000 miles of trails in national forests and grasslands? So, we have lots of trails to explore in the United States!
Enjoy this day and month and find a trail to enjoy! Happy National Trails Day! 👣☀️
Today, we remember and honor all the brave men and women who gave their life for our country.
In honor of this important today, check out our place of the week.
Happy Memorial Day! 🇺🇸
Click on the Place of the Week tab above here or the link on Mondays now for our national site of the week!
The national park system has 419 national areas including national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House.
Each week, that page on this blog will highlight one of the national areas and give you a link for more information. Check out this week’s place of the week and then come back on Monday for the next one!
We wrap up the National Park Week with Park Rx Day today. It’s doctor’s orders to get to national park today! Enjoy the mental and physical benefits of being outside! Listen to the doctor!
Happy National Park Week!
As part of National Park Week, today is Bark Ranger Day. Let’s take a guess what this might mean…..bark….like dogs!
BARK actually stands for:
Bag your pet’s waste
Always wear a leash
Know where you can go.
These are four great points to remember when bringing your pet to a national park.
Enjoy a photo of our first dog, Ranger, at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
Everybody needs a friend! Even the national parks need friends. As part of the National Park Week, today marks Friendship Friday.
The national parks need our time by volunteering and our donations to help continue these great treasures. You can help by supporting one of more than 200 philanthropic organizations that partner with national parks nationwide. In addition, many national parks have nonprofit associations linked to them. In addition, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of our national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service.
Take a moment to check out one of these friend organizations of the national parks today!
Happy National Park Week!