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November a great time to visit Dunes State Park for owl banding and hikes

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The campground at Indiana Dunes State Park looks like a ghost town now and the beach has more gulls than hikers, but that doesnít mean itís time to put up the hiking shoes or stow away the tent until next year.

Now is a great time to explore late fall in the Dunes. No mosquitoes, no ticks, and the fall color is still holding on strong. Make some time to visit Indiana Dunes State Park and enjoy all that November has to offer.

Here's a glimpse of some of the upcoming events going on this month:

* The Dunes State Park-sponsored Sandhill Crane Tour is full, but plan on attending an owl banding early this month. Join staff and volunteers for owl banding nights on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Nature Center after 6 p.m. See what owls have been captured. Nightly banding updates at

* Visit the old Governorís Cottage on a moderate hike at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Amber will lead the way over Mount Tom and to the remains of Governor Jacksonís Camp Indiana. Meet at the Nature Center.

* Donít forget that Dunes State Park will be closed for two special deer hunts on Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-3. No entry will be allowed as resource management efforts reduce the unchecked population, restoring balance back to the plant and animal diversity in the state park.

For a complete list of programs for November that you can print and keep at home, visit

You can also keep up to date on upcoming activities and sightings in the park at or follow us at




Posted 11/5/2013