Dunes Learning Center to Celebrate 20 Years in 2018 of inspiring NWI youth!

One of just a handful of nonprofit residential environmental learning centers to work in formal partnership with the National Park Service, Dunes Learning Center (DLC) will celebrate 20 years of inspiring curiosity and environment stewardship in 2018, announced Geof Benson, Executive Director.“Students come here excited to explore nature, but they leave with the knowledge, skills, and passion to become leaders in their communities,” he said. DLC is committed to expanding and advancing these opportunities to all students, regardless of age or ability. Over the past year, curriculum additions and enhancements have introduced new ways to bring science to life.  Thanks to investment by ArcelorMittal, Dunes to You educators are engaging thousands of students in exploration and stewardship activities at natural areas near their homes and schools.  At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm, a coalition of partners and funders have brought livestock back, and learners of all ages are getting hands-on lessons in environmental STEM, agriculture and sustainability. A pollinator garden is being added at the DLC‘s National Lakeshore Campus, and a bee keeping demonstration site has been installed nearby. Outreach to those of differing abilities has resulted in a new partnership with Michigan City’s Social and Learning Institute, and strengthened existing programs engaging students on the autism spectrum. “While much has changed since opening our doors in 1998, the power of nature to be our students’ best classroom remains undiminished,” Geof said.

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