‘Hike with Your Hound’ Opportunity at Indiana Dunes National Park

Region residents are invited to bring their dog for a ranger-led hike through Miller Woods offered every Friday in October from 10:00 am-12:00 noon. All dogs must be on a leash in the national park. Participants are asked to be sure your dog is capable of doing this two-mile hike over a moderately difficult trail with some sandy and uneven surfaces. Much of the trail is in sun adding to the difficulty on a hot day. Also, please bring water for your hound and bags to pick up waste.

After the hike, Indiana Dunes National Park officials say your dog qualifies for a B.A.R.K Ranger dog tag. This program promotes the responsible use of the park by pet owners by ensuring they: bag their pet’s waste, always use a leash, respect wildlife and know where pets are permitted. The dog tags are furnished free of charge courtesy of the Friends of Indiana Dunes. To learn more about the all-volunteer Friends group and how you can support their work, go to: www.friendsofindianadunes.com .

Meet at the Paul Douglas Center for Environmental Education located at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller neighborhood of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882 or visit their website at www.nps.gov/indu .